Despite being one of Microsoft’s flagship products, Office has been losing its luster and excitement over the years. I mean, how many times can new fonts, art, graphics and other creative features be the most exciting updates to the newest version? It’s no wonder customers are approaching an upgrade to Office 2016 with a yawn.
But this new version represents a game change for Microsoft. It’s no secret that the vendor has been heavily focused on cloud computing and sharing across devices. In these areas, Office 2016 goes ‘all in.’ Features such as document sharing, real-time co-authoring and new application integration are tangible and meaningful additions. What’s really telling about this release of Office is that new updates will continue to ‘trickle’ in (a la cloud) instead of debuting in large releases every three years or so. Much like Windows 10, Microsoft is moving towards an approach where they constantly update and make incremental improvements.
A full list of what’s new and improved in Office 2016 can be found here.
The decision to upgrade to Office 2016 depends on several factors. Here are a few questions to consider:
Office 2016 is just one example of many changes happening at Microsoft – most of them centered around the company’s cloud ambitions. While the benefits of these advancements are many, the decision about when/if to move to these products and services needs careful consideration.