Microsoft has made the Office 2016 Public Preview live, and is ready to show off the new features of its productivity suite. These include new cloud storage options and online functions, which isn’t surprising considering that every company is pushing towards the always online idea of software.
Office 2016 is adding some features that promise to improve productivity and collaboration. In fact, it looks like there will be a huge focus on collaborative and group effort in the new Office suite. Microsoft has included a new real-time co-authoring feature for the desktop version of Office, a feature that has previously been confined to the online version.
It is also making adding attachments from OneDrive into Outlook easier, further emphasising the idea that this is about making work and productivity more about working across the eco-system rather than individual programmes. There are also a few more options for businesses and enterprise users, but these are more likely to matter when the full version is released later this year.
Anyone can download a copy of the Office 2016 Public Preview. Those with an active Office 365 subscription can download it from their account management page, and the preview will be valid until the full version of Office 2016 is released. Users without a subscription can also download the preview, but will only be able to use it as a trial version for 30 days.
[Source: Microsoft Office Blog]