Microsoft today shipped a major update to its Office 2016 Preview suite, and it offers several new features. Here’s a look at new features being added and what you can expect.
Office 2016 Preview Update
Today Microsoft’s corporate vice president of the Office Client Applications Services Team, Kirk Koenigsbauer, wrote that the company would be adding features regularly for customers to test, and that “About a month ago, we invited anyone to participate in Office 2016 on Windows Preview. We now have over one million customers using the Office Preview across both Windows and Mac platforms.”
Here is a look at the highlights Microsoft is touting for this month’s update:
Real Time Presence in Word—While Real Time Typing will ship in subsequent builds, we are rolling out a key part of that collaborative experience with Real Time Presence. Real Time Presence allows you to see where in a document your teammates are editing. We are turning this on first for OneDrive for Business subscribers but it will be available more broadly soon.
Simplified file sharing—We are simplifying the process of sharing files and making them available to others to review, comment, and edit. Just clicking Share on the Ribbon will save your file to the Cloud and make it available to others in one easy step.
Insights for Office (currently in Word and Outlook)—Insights, powered by Bing, brings you contextual information from the web right into your reading experience. Try it by selecting keywords, like people or places, in your content and watch as Insights pulls relevant information into the Task pane to help you learn more.
Version History improvements—We made it easier to find different versions of files stored on SharePoint or OneDrive for Business. You can click the History command in the File menu to view or restore any previous version.
Microsoft is rolling out these features over the next couple of days, so if you don’t see them yet, hang tight if you have an Office 365 subscription. Or, you can go to File > Account and check for updates manually.