Microsoft Office 2016 Released 9-22-15: Product Information
Microsoft Office 2016 has been released to the public as of 9/22/15. This means that Office 2016 is now available for both Windows and OSX operating systems. It is also available for all Office 365 subscribers.
Users of Office 365 can install the latest Office 2016 products by logging into their Office 365 account at the Office 365 portal. Mac users who wish to purchase Office 2016 for Mac can do so at the Office for Mac product page. Users who wish to buy individual copies of Office 2016, such as Office Home & Business 2016 or Office Professional 2016, can do so through the Office 2016 page on the Microsoft Store.
Office 2016 Professional includes the newest versions of Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word for 2016. The Office Home & Business 2016 version does not include Access or Publisher, but otherwise contains the same programs as the Office 2016 Professional version does.
Microsoft Office 2016 Released 9-22-15- News: A picture of the Office 2016 product page. Source: Microsoft.
Microsoft Office 2016 Released 9-22-15: Emphasis on Collaboration
While not being a major overhaul from Office 2013, there are many more collaborative work options now available within the applications in Office 2016. For example, as noted within the blog post titled “The new Office is here” at the Office Blogs site, the Office 2016 native apps will all soon support real-time co-authoring. Currently, Word 2016 is the only program with this feature. While this feature has been available in web apps since 2013, it is a welcome addition to the collaborative abilities of the native Office 2016 programs.
Other enhancements to the collaborative features within all of the native 2016 apps include the addition of Skype for Business within the apps and the inclusion of Groups for Office 365. Skype for Business allows users to easily discuss and share screen content with their colleagues when collaborating on project in Office 2016. The addition of Groups to Office 365, which integrates with Outlook 2016, allows users on a team to easily share calendars, inbox items, and online storage for group files. You can see some of the new features of this more collaborative version of Office in the Office 2016 video, titled “The new office,” which is shown below.