Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 is a suite of productivity applications that includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Outlook. It is the successor to Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows and Office for Mac 2011.

Office 2016 allows greater collaboration than past versions of Office. The Modern Attachments feature allows users to attach a file that is stored in SharePoint Online, OneDrive or OneDrive for Business and set permissions for the file without leaving Outlook. Users can also share documents quickly and easily using the "Share" button in the Ribbon in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 

OneNote 2016, PowerPoint and Word also support co-authoring for documents shared in SharePoint Online, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. Another new feature is Smart Lookup, which can be used in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and uses Bing to search for a term without leaving the application. Changes in PowerPoint include a Designer sidebar to optimize the layout of slides and new chart types and templates in Excel. Word, PowerPoint and Excel also include a data loss prevention feature. Office 2016 also includes the ability to insert an online video in OneNote.

Microsoft Office 2016 was released on OS X for Office 365 customers on July 9, 2015. The licensed version for Windows and OS X was released on Sept. 22, 2015. Microsoft released a November update to Windows Office Insiders on December 3, 2015 and to Office 365 Current Branch users on December 9, 2015. The update included new features for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One Note. One new feature in the November includes a "Send a copy" or "Send a PDF" link in documents in Word and PowerPoint.



This was last updated in February 2016

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