On 22nd September 2015, Microsoft would release the Windows Office software’s newest version, which is codenamed Office 16. This marks the latest release of the Microsoft office suite that was deliberately developed for the mobile as well as the cloud platform. On the basis of the software versions and the platform utilized, the pricing options are differentiated. The marketing budget for the “Office Home & Student 2016” edition would probably be around AU$185 and this edition would cater to student and personal home usage. Small tablets, mobiles, and other such smaller devices would have free access to the suite. However, there might be limitations in case of particular functions.
As of 9th July, 2015, Office 2016 has been accessible over Mac OS X for clients who have Office 365 subscription, something that Microsoft adopted, while moving ahead towards subscription based models. New features with respect to Mac incorporate complete retina display support, complete ribbon interface support and the capability of Office documents to leverage the latest sharing features.
This release of Windows has brought in several new features including the capability of real time co-authoring by Office Online users. So far as the collaborative work space is concerned, this feature is quite significant and gives healthy competition to the present driving force Google Docs. Moreover, users are enabled to benefit from the new search tool existing across PowerPoint, Excel and Word. The most impactful feature is the capability of editing documents through the desktop right from the cloud. Synchronization between the desktop and cloud is automatic and in-built.
Similar to Office 2013, the 2016 version has the same kind of layout with respect to the interface which incorporates a flat design with ribbon tabs. However, Office 2016 has a maximum of three distinct themes which can be modified on the basis of the appearance you prefer for your suite. The default for every user is a colorful getup.
The integration between desktop and cloud is something that Microsoft has been endeavoring towards for a considerable period of time. The Office 2016 release has offered users hassle-free functionality for both platforms.
The tools for online collaboration tools constitute a great initiative, particularly for businesses and students, requiring access to live documents on sharing basis. The platform created by Microsoft fruitfully challenges Google docs and also improvises on an Office suite that is already effective.