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Microsoft's Office 2016 preview gets real-time editing in Word and more

Blair Hanley Frank | July 2, 2015
New features also include support for hand-written equations and providing information through Bing.

PowerPoint and Excel have received the same "Insights" feature that Microsoft rolled previously rolled out to the Word and Outlook preview apps. It uses Bing to provide insights into highlighted text in a document, so that people can easily get reference information on items that show up in their document. The system takes advantage of the context available in the whole document, so that it has a good chance of pulling up the correct information about a term that shares a name with something else.

Office 2016 won't release with Windows 10 next month, but Microsoft has said that the next version of its productivity suite will be available later this year to go along with the newly released operating system. Until then, anyone who wants to try out the future of Office can install the public beta version of the app, which is available as a free trial or through Office 365.

 

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