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Microsoft Office 2016: what's new for businesses?

Margi Murphy | Sept. 24, 2015
Now Microsoft Office 2016 has officially launched, We will take you through the features your business needs.

Now Microsoft Office 2016 has officially launched, We will take you through the features your business needs.

Many businesses began on Microsoft's suite of office apps. Since its first release in 1990, the product has adjusted to both workers' changing needs as well as the maturity of technology. Office 2016's release combines the storage and collaboration benefits of the cloud with the business applications your employees are accustomed to.

Microsoft's dev team have worked to make the release, which follows Windows 10, "the most secure Office" so far. Enterprise Data Protection will be available for Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 later this year and for desktop apps early next year, allowing secure sharing within corporate boundaries.

More importantly, Microsoft has included a host of collaborative, intuitive features that could change the way projects are managed and your employees work together.

What's new in Office 2016?

Office 2016 has new versions of Office desktop apps for Windows, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Access.

By subscribing to Office 365, customers have access to OneDrive online storage, Skype for Business, Delve and Yammer. The track for enterprise users has a 12 month testing window so IT pros can decide what features they'll be turning on - and off - once it has been tested in the wild.

Top features in Office 2016 that employees will love

Tell me

Excel functions can be difficult to grasp. Now you can ask your spreadsheets how to work themselves out through a search bar. Excel 2016 also includes integrated publishing to Power BI and new modern chart types to make data visualisation simpler.


Office Mobile apps on Windows 10 work with responsive Continuum so your employees can use their phone like a PC. During demos of Office 2016, we noted that most demonstrators were using iPhones. This new suite recognises the fact that employees aren't using Windows phones, and has adjusted the UI to ensure it works seamlessly across iOS phones and devices.


Microsoft's answer to Siri, Cortana, connects with Office 365 to help with tasks such as meeting preparation, with Outlook integration coming in November.

Easy share

Forget saving a document to a PC and then attaching it to an email - now employees can instant message while completing a document and send it over using OneDrive instantly. Microsoft have put Skype in-app integration across the Office online and rich client apps so employees can screen share, talk or video chat while editing a document - which now comes with instantaneous co-authoring which mimics Google docs.


Sales made easy. Instant annotation of documents allows you to quickly remove confidential information and send it to the appropriate person.


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