Microsoft Office 2016 – A New Way of Working

Microsoft Office 2016 – A New Way of Working

Working with Office 2016 is like having a helpful colleague sitting right beside you at your desk, whose sole function is to streamline your tasks and make your working day go smoother.

With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft streamlined their operating system, bringing back many of the features that users of versions before Windows 8 missed. Office 2016 does the same thing for Microsoft’s suite of applications, building smooth bridges of productivity between the office desktop, the home laptop, and all the touch friendly, mobile devices in between.

If you’ve been wondering whether to upgrade, wonder no longer. With a whole raft of new benefits, once you start using it you will wonder how you ever got on with previous versions.

Cross Device Familiarity and Simplicity

Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and Outlook have a consistent look and feel regardless of the device they are operating on, working and switching smoothly between Windows, Android, and Apple devices. Gather ideas in OneNote on a smart phone during a spare moment, polish up the text in Word at the office, share with colleagues to put together a presentation, then show the whole thing from a tablet in a meeting.

Enhanced Collaboration

In Word, PowerPoint and Excel there is now a share button in the ribbon. Not only can you instantly share documents with colleagues, you can also see them working on the document at any given time, and owners of specific documents can change authoring permissions.

When you’re working in word, and collaborating with colleagues, you can see exactly what they’re doing and where they’re working in real-time, thanks to the power of one drive integration. This rapidly speeds up the creation and collaboration process, doing away with the need to complete edits before sharing with colleagues for review. In word and PowerPoint this works across all devices, making it possible for office-based colleagues to collaborate in real-time with workers in the field.

Simplified Learning and Fact-Finding

A shorter learning curve is always a good thing. Nothing cuts into productivity like needing to take time out to learn how to do something with the software currently in use. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Project, Visio, and Access now have a handy feature called “Tell Me”, which makes it possible for users to type into the app they’re using what it is they’re trying to do. “Tell Me” guides them through the process and offers additional resources.

In addition, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook have a fact-checking feature. Powered by Bing, “Smart Lookup” searches the web for information on highlighted terms in the document. Search results appear in the current reading or authoring environment.

These are just a few of the new benefits introduced in Office 2016, with a whole host of others across the board, including new chart types in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. It’s also now easier to create forecast charts in Excel based on historical data, with just one click.

Still on the fence? If you want help figuring out how Office 2016 can keep your business up-to-date and operating efficiently, we’d be happy to discuss it with you.

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