Microsoft Releases Major Update to Office for Mac 2016 With Real-Time Collaborative Editing, Auto Saving, More

Microsoft Releases Major Update to Office for Mac 2016 With Real-Time Collaborative Editing, Auto Saving, More

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Microsoft has released a major update to Office for Mac 2016 which unifies the Office codebase across all platforms for the first time in over twenty years.

Erik Schwiebert, a Principal Software Engineer in the Apple Productivity Experiences group at Microsoft, announced the news on Twitter today:

Mac Office 2016 version 16 is now live! For the first time in over 20 years, Office is again built out of one codebase for all platforms (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)! Massive code alignment under the hood, bringing new user features such as real-time collaboration in Word and PPT, more formulas and multithreaded recalc in Excel, etc!

The new version brings some key features including the ability to edit documents with other Office users in real time, the automatic saving of files stored in the cloud, more charts, the ability to see what's changed in PowerPoint, and more.

Take a look at the video to learn more about the changes to Office for Mac 2016. You can also find the release notes for version 16.9.0 below...



Word
● Edit with others in real time: Thumbnails in the upper-right corner of the window show who else is working with you in a shared document. Flag icons show where others are working and you can view changes as they type.
● We save for you! Changes are saved automatically for documents, worksheets, and presentations stored in the cloud, and you can see others’ updates in seconds. Need to roll back? Check the version history for a list of changes and access to earlier versions.
● Quickly access your sites and groups: Quickly find presentations stored in your frequently used sites and groups in the Open menu.

Excel
● Collaborative editing: Work with others at the same time in your workbook. Thumbnails in the upper-right corner of the window show who else is viewing or editing the file with you. Learn more
● We save for you! Changes are saved automatically for documents, worksheets, and presentations stored in the cloud, and you can see others’ updates in seconds. Need to roll back? Check the version history for a list of changes and access to earlier versions. Learn more
● More charts: Use new charts, such as funnel, sunburst and histogram, to transform your data into professional visualizations, or use the new Map chart type to transform geographic data into a map with just a few steps.
● More functions: Shorten the formulas you write using the new logical functions IFS and SWITCH.
● Quickly access your sites and groups: Quickly find presentations stored in your frequently used sites and groups in the Open menu.
● Better support for PivotTable charts: Change your filters in a PivotTable, and the chart you created will automatically adjust to show exactly what you want.
● Multi-threaded calculation Formulas are updated faster when values are changed, because Excel uses multiple processing threads.

PowerPoint
● Edit with others in real time: Thumbnails in the upper-right corner of the window show who else is working with you in a shared document. Flag icons show where others are working and you can view changes as they type.
● We save for you! Changes are saved automatically for documents, worksheets, and presentations stored in the cloud, and you can see others’ updates in seconds. Need to roll back? Check the version history for a list of changes and access to earlier versions.
● See what's changed: Slides that have been modified by others while you were away are highlighted.
● A quick start to your research: Starting from scratch is hard. QuickStarter automatically creates an outline for your topic of choice with suggested talking points and designs that make your presentation pop.
● Trim media: Remove unwanted content from the beginning or end of an audio or video clip.
● Quickly access your sites and groups: Quickly find presentations stored in your frequently used sites and groups in the Open menu.
● Laser pointer in Slide Show: Use your mouse as a laser pointer to draw attention to certain parts of your slide.

Outlook
● Archive or delete with just one swipe: Save time organizing your Inbox by swiping left with two fingers across the touchpad to archive an email or swiping right to delete it.
● Support for Google Calendar and Contacts: No need to move between apps! Manage your Google Calendar and Contacts without leaving Outlook.

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Microsoft Releases Major Update to Office for Mac 2016 With Real-Time Collaborative Editing, Auto Saving, More
Banjamin - February 1, 2018 at 1:27pm
I'm working here on one of the US written services and such a global change Office for Mac was good news for my entire department. The fact is that now appeared a very cool functionality for all people who often work with Office programs, most of all I liked that after every change in the document is automatically saved. And also that you can revise the history of change and take a step back. For me, this is a very convenient function, since I constantly make changes to the written work. Now you can give access to your files and other employees, and monitor their every change. It is very convenient! Thank you!
immuma - January 19, 2018 at 11:06am
some features sent with Office 2016 are only available for Office 365 subscribers - what a sham
SayingWhatEveryonesThinking - January 19, 2018 at 6:38am
At least they’re still trying. Probably too late though since the next gens are fine with G Suite. Gotta love the Google logo on the upper left of this Microsoft video.
Rob D. - January 19, 2018 at 4:27am
And yet still no Publisher nor Access...
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