After three years, Microsoft has released the first new version of its productivity suite, Microsoft Office for Windows which brings in new cloud computing and teamwork features for Word, Excel and Outlook.
The company has joined the cloud computing trend by adding a series of new features to the most popular productivity apps.
Microsoft Office 2016 allows many people work together on documents and has a “Groups” section that makes it easier for people to collaborate on projects just like other cloud computing productivity apps such as Google Docs and Slack.
There is also a “Tell Me” tool to Word, Excel and others that allows users to quickly search for functions instead of navigating Office’s maze of menus, makes improvements to Outlook that prioritise important emails, and deeply incorporates Skype, the internet chat and video call service.
Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella said “The way people work has changed dramatically, and that’s why Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity and business processes for the mobile-first, cloud-first world,”
“These latest innovations take another big step forward in transforming Office from familiar set of individual productivity apps to a connected set of apps and service designed for modern working, collaboration and teamwork.”