After three years, Microsoft has released the first
new version of its productivity suite, Microsoft Office
for Windows which brings in new cloud computing
and teamwork features for Word, Excel and Outlook.
The company has joined the cloud computing trend
by adding a series of new features to the most popular productivity apps.
There is also a “Tell Me” tool to Word, Excel and
others that allows users to quickly search for
functions instead of navigating Office’s maze of
menus, makes improvements to Outlook that
prioritise important emails, and deeply incorporates
Skype, the internet chat and video call service.
Microsoft Office 2016 allows many people work
together on documents and has a “Groups” section
that makes it easier for people to collaborate on
projects just like other cloud computing productivity
apps such as Google Docs and Slack.
Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella said “The way people
work has changed dramatically, and that’s why
Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity and
business processes for the mobile-first, cloud-first
“These latest innovations take another big step forward in transforming Office from familiar set of
individual productivity apps to a connected set of
apps and service designed for modern working,
collaboration and teamwork.”