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Microsoft Renews And Launches Connectivity Rich Office 2016

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After launching Windows 10 back in July, Microsoft has today officially announced Office 2016 which is the company’s newest version in three years. According to Microsoft, the all new office will come with new features to efficiently connect the software with the cloud and offer more simplicity while creating documents. Basically the whole package has been updated to work smoother, be connected and as well as compete against Google Docs which has been gaining popularity due to its online features and even small players like Open Office that offers almost all the features of the software free of cost.

 

Office 2013 was definitely an improvement but with Office 2016 Microsoft wants to take the software to a whole new level with a new features like Skype integration, in-document web-search, sharing features, group chat, calendar integration, improved Outlook mail and more.

 

Here are some of the highlights:

 

Tell Me: With this feature you can quickly find the right Office feature or command as it is Office always has never ending menus and features which can get difficult to locate.

 

Smart Lookup: Office 2016 will let you search and bring insights from the web right into your documents.

 

Co-authoring: Word, PowerPoint and OneNote multiple authors can edit documents and lists and with real-time typing in Word you will be able to see others’ edits as they make them.

 

Recently used documents list: This is always handy as it allows you to resume right where you left off and if you have multiple devices or working with Office Online, in the Office Mobile apps or in the Office 2016 desktop apps thanks to the Continuum feature.

 

Skype in-app integration: Office 2016 will allow users to send instant messages, screen share, talk or video chat right in your docs via Skype.

 

Office 365 Planner: If you have a number of people working on a project, this feature will let your team create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates and update status.

 

The features sound pretty interesting and having your documents connected online  and to the cloud sounds like a great idea and it might even make some Google Docs users switch back to Office. However the  pricing of the new Office 2016 might not appeal to some users as Microsoft has kept it slightly on the higher side, and has an annual subscription model just like the previous version.

 

Office 365 Personal (For One User – One PC + One Tablet + One Phone)

Rs. 3,299 per annum

Office 365 Home (For Five Users – Five PCs + Five Tablets + Five Phones)

Rs. 4,199 per annum

 

Home and Students for Windows and MAC

Rs. 5,999

Home and Business for Windows and MAC

Rs. 18,499

 

Office 2016 Standard

Rs. 24,844

Office 2016 Professional Plus

Rs. 33,911