Windows 10 has grabbed the attention of social media and customers alike more so because it is a crucial operating system for Microsoft after the debacle of Windows 8 and a not so great reception for Windows 8.1. But, Microsoft has another major product on their cards now, Office, which enhances the Windows productivity of five major products into a system of applications. With Office 2016, Microsoft plans to build from scratch, a mobile and cloud first approach which is customer centric and doesn’t only focus on web compared to Office 365 and 2013. Office 2016 has recently been launched on September 22, 2015.
The Cost factor
The first and the most important thing we look at during major software products and updates is the price tag that comes along with it as there are so multiple updates for major software and it is not feasible to go through each and every revision. The all new Office 2016 suite is free for customers on mobile and tablets (conditions apply) and pretty cheap at $145 for “Office Home & Student 2016” and the RRP version of the same is priced at $165, along with subscription version of the suite (Office 365 Personal) at about $70 per year.
Built for collaboration
Office suite has changed how businesses operate and more focus is laid on connectivity and collaboration of projects. So, the latest offering from Microsoft, Office 2016 is emphasized on collaborations among spread out team members who may never work in the same office environment, but easily enhance productivity by accomplishing a major task that took a week to get it done.
Touch centric user interface
If you have used the Office for Windows 10, it is quite evident that Microsoft has given a universal app style for the apps and a touch friendly UI which is more familiar to the iPad owners. For instance, in Word, Microsoft lays focus on providing touch friendly controls for ease of text selection, copy/paste text, tapping on a wrong spelling shows a list of replacements. There is also an integration with Bing in providing a new feature called Insights, which automatically searches the web for information, latest news etc. of the selected word.
The good old MS Excel has been given a total makeover with snap functions and smart scrolling which make tapping in the spreadsheet data convenient and easy to use, again laying focus on touch centric interface like Word. Excel, with the help of a revamped status bar allows you to change between sheets and check the results of formulas for the cells selected by you.
PowerPoint has added some really important editing tools though the preview version doesn’t totally support all file formats, even the Presenter view is not worth the buck. So, all in all Office for Windows 10 apps offers selective features with a new touch friendly interface.
Office for Windows 10 is slated to be released in two forms: the first one for smaller tablets and smartphones and the other one for large sized tablets and hybrids. Both these versions are developed by the same team and offer quite similar features, the only difference is that both have different interface to match the size of the device. The features remain the same for different operating systems like iOS, Android or Windows. Microsoft strongly noted that Office for Windows will only be limited to the four most important apps and it is crucial to improve the quality of these apps.