Thursday, January 22, 2015

Office 2016 announced. Availability 2H 2015. Brief Video Review.

Microsoft today announced the upcoming new Office suite version as 2016 and as THE NEXT CHAPTER OF OFFICE IN WINDOWS.

Office 2016 for Windows 10 offers touch optimized versions of Word, Excel, Power Point, OneNote and Outlook that work great on small screen devices like your phone or tablet , all thw way up to the Microsoft Surface Hub.

They are designed from the ground up to run on Windows 10.

These new Office apps will be pre-installed for free on phones and small tablets, running Windows 10 and available to download from the Windows store for other devices.

The Office Universal apps will be available with the Windows 10 Technical Preview in the coming weeks and general availability is on track for later this year.

 Of course Microsoft is working on a desktop PC version of Office 2016.

The company expects a generally release in the second half of 2015.

Office apps brief details:

  • Word for Windows 10—Create and edit great looking documents with Word. Review and mark-up documents, then share your work with others to collaborate in real time. The new Insights for Office feature (powered by Bing) in Read mode brings additional online resources like images, web references and definitions right to you in your reading experience.
Excel for Windows 10—Use Excel to create and update spreadsheets and gain new insights as you analyze data and visualize it with charts. And new touch-first controls shine in Excel, you won’t even miss your keyboard and mouse when selecting ranges of cells, formatting your pie charts or managing your workbooks.

  • PowerPoint for Windows 10—Create and edit beautiful presentations with PowerPoint. Then use Presenter View to prepare and present with confidence, even use Ink Tools to annotate your slides in real time so your audience really knows what you are talking about.

  • OneNote for Windows 10—Capture all your thoughts, ideas and to-do’s with the new version of OneNote. Getting things done with your friends, classmates and colleagues has never been easier with shared notebooks–now with the consistent Office ribbon experience.
  • Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar for Windows 10—Crafting emails has never been easier or more powerful, with the familiar and rich capability of Microsoft Word built into the authoring experience. Simply insert tables, add pictures and use bullets and color to get your point across. Keep up with your inbox with new touch gestures that help you read, sort, flag and archive your mail.
If you’d like to see a demonstration of the Office universal apps for Windows 10 on a tablet, including differentiated experiences like the power of the pen and Insights for Office, check out this video from Office Mechanics:

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