Office 2016 is finally here, but will you be able to tell the difference?

The value of Office 2016 depends on how you want to use it. If you are like me and you only use Office as a standalone product with little to no sharing or collaborating work. It will be very hard to notice much difference at all. But if you are a Google Docs user you should really have a second look at Office 2016.

Let’s start off with the user interface. Office 2016 is almost identical to Office 2013. It has the same solid colours and Ribbon bars from previous versions of Office. It’s really hard to find any new visual changes at all. Which is not really a big problem as Office is still the great software suite, but it is disappointing Microsoft didn’t include OneDrive integration.

As for new features, Office 2016 includes the ability to create, open, edit, and save files in the cloud straight from the desktop, a new search tool for commands available in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook named “Tell Me”, more “Send As” options in Word and PowerPoint, and co-authoring in real time with users connected to Office Online.

As with the previous versions, Office 2016 is made available in several distinct editions aimed towards different markets. All traditional editions of Microsoft Office 2016 contain Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and are licensed for use on one computer. Office 365 also offers similar plans to the traditional Office experience with the advantage it will work on Windows or Mac devices.

If I had a licensed copy of Office 2013. I would find it very hard to justify buying a licensed copy of Office 2016. Microsoft seems to be heading in the same direction as Google. The future of Office looks like it will be in the cloud. Purchasing an Office 365 subscription looks like the best course of action.

Office 2016 Review
This is the best version yet, but it’s not worth the upgrade price from Office 2013.
Design9.2
Features8.8
Performance8.9
Support9.1
Usability9.2
Value5
8.4Overall Score

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