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Office 2016 Public Preview for Windows now available for download

by AshwinMay 5, 2015

Microsoft has officially announced that the Office 2016 Public Preview for Windows is now available.

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And here is all you need to know about it.

Office 2016 integrates fully with Microsoft’s Cloud Storage service OneDrive. Users will be able to view, create, edit and save files to OneDrive from Desktops. The files can then be accessed from any device with OneDrive. You can also use OneDrive to attach files in Outlook.

Collaboration allows for real-time collaborative writing and editing. (refer to the above image) Multiple users can access the same document and work on it i.e (co-authoring). Changes made to files are reflected in real-time. This feature is being introduced for Office Online apps and is available now, and will be brought to Word for Desktops soon.

Smart Applications:

Microsoft is also debuting a set of new features in Office 2015 called Smart Applications. These applications are designed to learn as you work.

A new search tool for Word, PowerPoint and Excel called Tell Me, works by following text commands which you type.

A new Exchange feature (for Outlook) called Clutter polishes up your Inbox by removing lower priority emails to a Clutter folder. This ensures that only top priority emails stay in the Inbox. It does so by automatically analyzing your email patterns.

A Bing powered feature called Insights, helps you find contextual information from the internet.

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Excel has received of a plethora of new features including One-click forecasting, which as the name suggests, lets you forecasts future trends with just one click.

Data analysis tools like Power Query helps you to collect and view data from multiple sources, while Power Pivot helps you analyze and build data models. Excel now has the ability to let you publish and share your Excel workbooks to Microsoft Power BI.  Excel also has new modern charts and graphs (TreeMap, Sunburst, Waterfall, Box & Whisker and Histogram & Pareto).

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Note: You cannot install Office 2016, if you have Microsoft Office 2013 installed. You will have to remove the old version to install the newer one.

Download Office 2016 Public Preview for Windows from the official website. Office 2016 Preview is compatible with all systems running on Windows 7 or higher.

Since this is a preview version, you may occassionally run into a minor hiccup, which you can report to Microsoft, and help them fix it. After all, that is the point of having a Public Preview version, for testing purposes.

Microsoft says it will release updates every month, but not all features which will be available in the final release are available in the current preview build.

TechPP notes that any user can install Microsoft Office 2016, regardless of whether he/she is a Office 365 subscriber or not. Office 2016’s webpage mentions Non-Office 365 subscribers will be able use a trial version of Office 2016.

Thanks Avinash and Krishnan for the tip.

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