Within the sea of tech devices, gadgets, and gizmos, it can be hard for software to shine through and earn its place in the spotlight. When you have tech giants like Apple still dominating the market, its hard for companies like Microsoft to smash through the gates. That being said, Microsoft Office has always been the go to choice for home users and businesses alike. Now Microsoft is showing the first previews of its new Microsoft Office 2016. The new Office 2016 is gearing itself more towards businesses, IT professionals, and developers. If you happen to be one of the Office 365 Business subscribers your first public sneak peek is already available.
If you’re looking to sign up for the preview, just to see what the new Office 2016 has to offer, then just head to the Microsoft Connect website. Obviously, Microsoft will make program accessible to individual Office 365 users. Also, dont confuse the touch based office applications that Microsoft rolled out with the Windows 10 Tech preview. They don’t really coincide with each other like one may think.
So what exactly should we expect to see from the new Microsoft Office 2016 preview? Well for starters, they’re now offering Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for their PowerPoint, Word, and Excel programs. This feature had already been available for some of their existing office programs, such as Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, and their email program, Outlook. This DLP service will now give IT administrators the ability to keep Office Documents secure by specialized authoring policies and centralized sharing. Any business knows how critical they’re documents can be, and while it may not be the biggest addition, it’s definitely one of the more essential add-ons to the new Office 2016.
Speaking of Outlook, Microsoft is also making improvements on their brand specific email service. Naturally, one of the upgrades we will be seeing is a faster overall performance. We can also look forward to a more reliable search, for whenever we happen to be looking for that one email with last week’s TPS reports attached to them. There will be new additional storage options as well as multi-factor authentication support for the software.
Office 2016’s preview is also showcasing better accessibility features along with new deployment features to accompany it. Features likes new bandwidth management, better keyboard accessibility, and fixing the readability issues that Outlook was experiencing. If you’ve been looking for a way to manage different device activations across a multitude of users, the new Office 2016 preview even takes care of that as well.
Remember that this is all just for the Preview version of the Microsoft’s new productivity suite, and that the full version is not yet ready, nor does it have a release date. Microsoft is planning for the end of this year, for its release. With that in mind, Microsoft is still making sure to highlight and address all of the new features that will pop up as they become available.
This may not be the biggest news for you if you just use Office at home, but for business and enterprise, the new Office 2016 is looking to be a very welcome asset.
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