Office 2016 will be available to the Office 365 subscription customers as part of their subscription. Before you upgrade, be sure to check with systems you have integrated with Microsoft Office as they may not be compatible yet. As with any new release, don’t be on the “cutting” edge. If you are interested in an Office 365 subscription and all the benefits, give us a call.

What’s In It For You

Some of the new Office 2016 features that attorneys will love are:

Co-authoring – Get everyone on the same page using co-authoring in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote. The Sharing pane lets you see who has access to a given document, invite others or change access permissions to your document and see who is currently working within the document.  You can even instant message or call someone with a quick question with Skype for Business Integration.

Smart Applications – Applications will learn as you work, taking advantage of subtle cues and clues. “Tell Me,” a new search tool available in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, serves up the commands you need by simply typing what you want to do. “Clutter,” a new Exchange feature in Outlook, uses machine learning to analyze your email patterns, and de-clutter your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder.

Simplified Sharing – Lets you quickly and easily invite others to review or edit your document using the new Share button located on the Ribbon in Word PowerPoint or Excel.

Improved Version History – Allows you to view or go back to earlier drafts of your documents so you can edit and share your documents with confidence.

Shared Notebooks – OneNote shared notebooks provides a centralized place to share all project information including photos, videos, drawings, and more. OneNote will no longer be sold as a standalone application. OneNote 2016 will be included with the Office Professional Plus 2016 and Office Standard 2016 suites.

Remember, be careful about upgrades because of integrations that might break, but also be prepared to learn the new features and benefits of this new release. If you have questions, please give us a call at 205-289-1500.

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