Jennifer Fitzpatrick

Microsoft Office 2016 – What’s New?


The 2016 version of Microsoft's productivity suite includes features for easier collaboration and sharing. Excel gets a boost in power, Outlook streamlines everyday tasks, and most applications help you find the command you need. 

The Office 2016 suite is free through the Windows Store, but that version is limited. The full Office desktop app suite is required to gain access to all the features and functionality. If you maintain an active subscription to Office 365, you’ll get the upgrade to Office 2016 at no charge. You’ll also need a Microsoft account and a OneDrive account to take full advantage of what Office 2016 offers.

The latest version of Microsoft Office includes many new productivity, collaboration, and data analysis features. Here are just a few of the top new features.

Simplified Sharing 

In Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 

Just click the Share button in the Ribbon for easy sharing right from your Office documents. See who has access to a given document and who is currently working in the document, and change individual authoring permissions for any document you own. 

Shared Notebooks 

In OneNote 

Collect any and all relevant information (e.g., photos, videos, clippings, drawings,...) in one central location, work with others, and watch the app sync changes within seconds. 

Modern Attachments 

In Outlook 

Attach a document from your recent items and share them from OneDrive or SharePoint with email recipients. Also configure sharing permissions so that all the recipients have access to the attached file without having to leave the app. 

One-Click Forecasting 

In Excel 

With one simple click, create forecast charts based on historical data and predict future trends. This new capability uses the industry standard Exponential Smoothing (ETS) algorithm to give you reliable forecasting data. 

Export Data Source Information to Excel 

In Access 

Get a list of all the linked data sources from your Access database application into Excel for reference. 

More Flexible Timelines

In Project 

Not only leverage multiple timelines to illustrate different phases or categories of work, but also set the start and end dates for each timeline separately, to paint a clearer overall picture of the work involved. 

Modern Shapes 

In Visio 

Take advantage of the many redesigned shapes that are now available. In Visio Professional, the Basic Electrical template now has shapes that are compliant with the IEEE standard. In Visio Standard, the Office Layout shapes have been updated. Also check out the Starter diagrams to quickly get going. 

Smart Lookup 

In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook 

Fact-check or explore terms in your documents with Bing-powered Smart Lookup. Simply highlight terms in your document and use this feature to bring in search results from the web right into your reading or authoring environment. 

Our Microsoft Office Service 

As an official Microsoft Partner for over 15 years, SureSkills provides you with the knowledge, skills & capabilities to do more in less time and with greater accuracy. We offer Microsoft Office training to delegates across all skill levels and all sectors of business. These highly engaged courses include practical ‘hands-on’ exercises, customised material to suit your individual business needs and examples which assist students in learning Microsoft Office suite functionality in an effective manner.


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