In preparation for the full release of Office 2016, Microsoft has made a public preview version available for keeners like us to "test-drive" -- and we're so excited! This new series of blog posts will highlight some of our favourite pieces in the new release. You can follow along with us by downloading your own preview copy (PC and Mac) here: https://products.office.com/en-us/office-2016-preview.
Here are some of the new tools and functions we're looking forward to:
1. Theme Colour Options. While it may not be everyone's "cup of tea", the new Dark Grey theme is a welcome addition for me as someone who has challenges with light sensitivity. (Some refer to my office as "The Cave.") The very bright White option is still available but is no longer the default setting. Your new default is the fun Colorful display which is also quite useful for quick identification when working with multiple Office windows at once.
2. Real-Time Co-Authoring in Word. While not enabled just yet in the preview version, we are eagerly awaiting this update. Real-time co-authoring will allow you to see what and where a collaborator is editing the document (stored on OneDrive for Business and Office 365 SharePoint) you are working on simultaneously. This feature, currently available in Office Online, will initially be available client-side (on your local computer) for Word only.
3. Forecasting Functions in Excel. The forecasting functions return values based on a defined future date [ Forecast.ETS() ], confidence interval [ Forecast.ETS.Confint() ] at the future date, and seasonality [Forecast.ETS.Seasonality() ] or repetitive patterns in a specified time series.
4. Cleaning up Clutter in Outlook. The Clutter function in Outlook analyses your email reviewing and sorting habits and learns to sort low priority email to to the Clutter folder. You can manually assign and edit the Clutter settings from within the folder as well.
5. Insights Now Available in Excel and PowerPoint. Previously available only in Word and Outlook, Insights (Right-Click, Smart Lookup) offers a snap-shot of additional content related to your highlighted text all within the working window. You can confirm or source details, or find additional information to flesh out your content all from within the application.
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