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What’s New in Microsoft Office 2016?

Posted by Ben Fraley on October 29, 2015 at 3:29 PM

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First this year it was Windows 10, now Microsoft continues its rollout of updates to its core programs this fall with Office 2016. Below are some of my favorite features of the new Office Suite.

The "tell me what you want to do…" button is available in the task bar of every Office 2016 program. Instead of hunting through each tab of the ribbon for the button that eludes you, now with Office 2016 you can use this new feature to search for the task that you want. You can even use it to describe what you are trying to do without knowing what the name of the command is. Office will make suggestions to you as you type.

In Outlook, Modern Attachments changes the way you can add attachments to email. Now you can attach from recently opened files and folders, as well as very easily add SharePoint and OneDrive links to files. This is absolutely my favorite new Office feature, it has already saved me so much time from searching through File Explorer for the file that I am looking to attach.
Smart Lookup is an improvement to the built-in dictionary that searches the web for the text you select. It can be useful in definitions, fact checking, and more.

For you database analysts out there, Excel 2016 can now natively import data from many database formats, including SQL Server and Access.

Office 2016 is also the first upgrade of Office for Mac since 2011. For users that own Apple OS X devices, this will be a much more radical upgrade, as this will be the first Office that is designed for the cloud that Apple users have had access to.

Don’t forget, if you have an Office 365 subscription for Office, you can also download the new Office 2016 apps on iOS, Android, or Windows Phone.

Topics: Microsoft