Microsoft on Tuesday released the first new version of Office for Windows in three years. The new version of Office comes with new features that bring the productivity apps into the era of cloud technology.
The new version of Microsoft Office gives access to multiple users to work together on documents and incorporates a “Groups” section into its software, which makes it easier for users to collaborate on different projects.
While we have made a lot of progress on delivering Office cross-platform and remain committed to this strategy, we see Windows as being “home” for Office. Together, Office 365 and Windows 10 are the most complete solution for getting things done.
With Windows Hello, you can sign in to your PC and Office 365 with a simple look or a touch—no need to type a password anymore.
In the coming months, Cortana will get even smarter and more useful by gathering intelligence on Office 365 through Outlook 2016 support.
With the Office Mobile apps and Continuum on Windows phones, your phone can act as a desktop, and you can project, create or edit your presentation or sales budget from your phone to a monitor while using the same phone to take notes with the OneNote app.
Sway on Windows 10 was released in early August, and customers love it! It has received a 4.6/5 app store ranking, with customers calling it “funtastic,” “brilliant” and “elegant.” People love Sway’s simple and intuitive yet powerful approach to next-generation digital storytelling. With Sway, you provide the content, and Sway creates beautiful, shareable, interactive stories that look great on any screen.
Our Office Mobile apps on Windows 10 (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) have also received great reception and 4+ app store rankings. Customers say they are touch-friendly, fast and easy to use—making them wonderful for on-the-go-productivity.
“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,” Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, said.
“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.”
The Redmond-based software giant has also ported the “Groups” feature of Office 365 into Outlook. This allows group chats and file sharing for custom groups of individuals, so that everyone in a particular team can see and edit them within the software.
“People often start and end their work in Office, but there is often a messy middle that involves a lot of discussion – in person, phone or via various tools -as well as multiple (sometimes conflicting) inputs,” said Microsoft’s head of Office Kirk Koenigsbauer.
“Today we are delivering a set of experiences that is built for making teamwork seamless.”