According to Microsoft, there is new focus on collaboration, security and smart functions that anticipate a user’s needs.
Among new features, the software giant is touting co-authoring in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote, including the new real-time typing in Word. Meanwhile, something the company is calling “Tell Me” and “Smart Lookup” try to intelligently help users find what they’re looking for within a document and on the web.
On the collaboration front, the suite will feature Skype in-app integration within documents, Office 365 Groups are now integrated into Outlook 2016 and available on smartphones through the Outlook Groups app, and GigJam, a brand new feature, will be available in private preview.
Lastly, Microsoft promised upgrades to OneDrive for Business, data loss prevention (including an enterprise-specific data protection feature), and multi-factor authentication.
The entire suite consists of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Access.
Office 2016 will work on machines running Windows 7 and later. Office 365 customers are now able to download office 2016 apps, although automatic updates will roll out in October. The 2016 suite is available for single-time purchase starting today.