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Microsoft launches Office 2016 with new applications

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Microsoft India today officially released its Office 2016 application suite for Windows with a focus on cloud and cross-platform compatibility. The new applications are the latest addition to Microsoft’s cloud-based subscription service ‘Office 365’ to further boost the productivity.

The applications include Tell Me app, which helps you find the right Office feature or command. Another nifty addition is the Smart Lookup that brings insights from the web right into the documents you are working upon. Office 365 Planner allows you to create new plans, organise and assign tasks, set due dates and update status. Office 365 Groups are now an integrated part of the Outlook 2016 client app and will be available on mobile devices through the Outlook Groups app.

Microsoft has largely emphasised on teamwork and collaboration and has added some good features to its applications. Word, PowerPoint and OneNote now feature real-time co-authoring of a document that allows multiple users to see and edit the similar document in real-time. A “Share” button is added that allows the creator of a document to invite other users to collaborate on it.

Skype in-app integration across the applications enables users to talk, screen share, video chat and IM directly from the documents. Outlook 2016 will now feature ‘quick search’ that automatically moves low priority mails to a different folder to make things easy for you. Excel 2016 now includes integrated publishing to Power BI and new modern chart-types to help you make the most of your data.​

The company has also focused on security and the built-in Data Loss Prevention across Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, significantly reduces the risk of leaking sensitive data with tools for IT administrators to manage content authoring and document sharing policies.

Office 365 Subscriptions Pricing
Office 365 Personal (For One User – One PC + One Tablet + One Phone) Rs 3299 per annum
Office 365 Home (For Five Users – Five PCs + Five Tablets + Five Phones) Rs 4199 per annum
Office 2016 Perpetual
Home and Students for Windows and MAC Rs 5999
Home and Business for Windows and MAC Rs 18,499
Office 2016 for Business
Office 2016 Standard Rs 24,844
Office 2016 Professional Plus Rs 33,911

Starting today, Office 365 subscribers can choose to download the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription. Automatic updates will begin rolling out to consumer subscribers next month. The suite is also available today as a one-time purchase for both PCs and Mac.

The new Office 2016 apps are available today in 14 languages in India and 47 languages across the world and require Windows 7 or later.

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