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PowerPoint 2016 now helps people design slides that aren't terrible

Blair Hanley Frank | Nov. 16, 2015
A new Designer feature helps easily make good-looking slides.

Both of these features are only available to users who are subscribed to Office 365, Microsoft's software-as-a-service offering for its productivity suite. While the company allows people to buy Office 2016 as a boxed software suite, it's pushing users to pay on a monthly basis for the ability to get new feature updates like these. 

On top of the new PowerPoint features, Microsoft is also offering hardcore Office users  the chance to take part in the Office Insider Program. Similar to the Windows Insider Program, which gives users early access to new builds of Windows 10, Office Insiders will get the first crack at new features of Office a few weeks before they're rolled out broadly, and can provide feedback to Microsoft. 

Consumers with an Office 365 Personal, Home or University subscription can opt into the Office Insider program on Windows and get access to the new applications. After that, Microsoft will roll new features out to Insiders as the company decides they're ready. In the context of this launch, Morph and Designer will be going out first to Office Insiders over the course of this week, before making their way to mainstream Office 365 Consumer and Enterprise users over the following weeks.

Enterprise users are going to have a slightly different experience. If they're opted in to the First Release tier as part of an organization on the Current Branch deployment ring, they'll get the new features alongside Office Insiders. Current Branch users whose organizations are on the Current Branch for Business will have to wait a few months for an update. 

 

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