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Office 2016 Preview is now available for Windows 10 Insiders
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Office 2016 Preview is now available for Windows 10 Insiders

by AshwinJuly 8, 2015

Microsoft released the first public version of its Office Suite back in May.

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Up until now, Windows Insiders, running the Preview Builds of Windows 10 were not able to install Office 2016.

That changes today, as Microsoft has officially announced that Office 2016 is now available for its upcoming operating system. This is what Gabe Aul had to say:

Office 2016 is now available for Insiders to preview on Windows 10. It’s loaded with new features that we’ll be delivering to Office customers later this year. But we’d like to get early feedback from Insiders like you right now. Download the Office 2016 Preview today.

Office 2016 includes a plethora of new features.

Collaboration:

This includes a real-time co-authoring feature called Collaboration. This collaborative writing and editing option, allows multiple people to work on the same document. Users will be able to see in which part of a document, another user is working on. Any changes made to a file will be reflected instantly. Collaboration is available in all Office Online Apps as well as in Word, Excel, Powerpoint for Desktops.The only catch here is that the option is only available for OneDrive for Business subscribers

Here is a quick recap of the other features:

  • One DriveMicrosoft’s Cloud Storage service has been integrated into Office 2016, to allow users to create, edit and save files, and which can be accessed across all devices, and can also be attached using Outlook.
  • Smart Applications – Applications with adaptive learning, which are designed to learn how you work.
  • Tell Me – Text Commands which you can enter in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, which the apps will execute.
  • Clutter for Outlook – This optional feature only displays important email, by learning your email patterns. The rest of the emails are sent to the clutter folder, keeping your inbox clean.
  • Insights – This feature is powered by Bing and helps you find contextual information from the internet. It is available in all four desktop Office apps.
  • Power Query and Power Pivot are new tools which help you gather data, and build data models respectively.
  • Excel has six new charts, called TreeMap, Sunburst, Waterfall, Box & Whisker and Histogram & Pareto.

It is important to note that Office 2016 Preview, is not similar to Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds. You can keep installing newer Preview Builds of the Operating system to prevent it from expiring, but that isn’t the case with Office Preview. It is merely a trial version. If you have a subscription for Office 365, you can continue using Office 2016 without worrying about it expiring.

Users who do not have a subscription, will have to uninstall Office 2016 Preview, and can revert to any older version of Office.

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