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January 2016 Featured Updates

Take a look at the table below to find out about some of the features that are being added this month as well as get links to additional content to help you take advantage of these improvements and additions. For a complete list of all of the updates and changes, check this page. For more information about how to get the newest features, including the ones mentioned below, check this page.  

 

Ink Annotations

In Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Use your finger or pen to write and draw, and use the tools on the new Draw tab to highlight content of particular interest.

Learn more about drawing and annotating with ink.

Black theme

In Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Use this new theme to get the highest level of contrast while working in your Office apps.

Learn more about changing the look and feel of Office 2016 apps with themes.

New Charts

In Excel

Funnel charts can be used to help you display values as progressively decreasing proportions.

Learn more about creating a funnel chart.

New functions

In Excel

Avoid nested IF functions with the new IFS, MAXIFS, MINIFS, and SWITCH functions.

Data entry made easier

In Excel

Speed up formula entry with the CONCAT and TEXTJOIN functions.

More Send As Options

In Excel

Send a document either as an attachment or as a PDF without leaving the confines of your worksheet from the Share pane.

Learn more about sharing your workbook with others.

Improved Formula Autocomplete

In Excel

Only remember a part of a formula name (for example, you know if contains a “rand” or a “value” somewhere)? No problem! Excel now returns all partial matches for everything you type—not just exact matches from the beginning of the string.

Real-Time Presence

In PowerPoint

When collaborating with others on a presentation, see not only who is working on the presentation but also what slide each person is working on.

Learn more about collaborating on PowerPoint presentations with real time co-authoring.

Finding contacts made easier

In Outlook

Ever looked for a contact and realize that couple of them have the same name? You will now be able to pick the right one as Outlook will show you not only the names but also the picture of your contacts.

Learn more about finding people and contacts.

Click an icon below to learn more about what's new in a particular app.

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NOTE: If you use Office 2016 at work, the availability of the features above may vary based on your company's update policies.

 

November 2015 Featured Updates

Take a look at the table below to find out about some of the features that are being added this month as well as get links to additional content to help you take advantage of these improvements and additions. For a complete list of all of the updates and changes, check this page.

Morph

In PowerPoint

Create seamless transitions between slides and bring motion to your presentations to more effectively convey concepts and information.

Learn more about using the Morph transition

Designer

In PowerPoint

Deliver customized and high-quality presentations and maximize the visual impact of its most important content. As you use it, Designer learns about your preferences and adapts its recommendations to be tailored to you.

Learn more about the PowerPoint Designer

Calendar Insights Template

In Excel

View your calendar as a dashboard and drill into the data get a better handle on how you spend your time and identify ways to get more out of your days.

Learn more about the Calendar Insights template

Financial Templates

In Excel

Take advantage of couple new templates to track what you earn, how much you spend, and where your spending occurs as well as quickly analyze and compare the performance of selected stocks over time.

Learn more about the My Cashflow template, and the Stock Analysis template

More Send As Options

In Word and PowerPoint

Send a document either as an attachment or as a PDF without leaving the confines of your document from the Share pane.

Learn more about sharing documents in Word and presentations in PowerPoint

Insert Online Video

In OneNote

Liven up your notes by adding online videos and bringing interactivity to your content.

Learn more about inserting online videos

Click an icon below to learn more about what's new in a particular app.

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NOTE: If you use Office 2016 at work, the availability of the features above may vary based on your company's update policies.

 

 

September 2015

Co-Authoring

In Word and PowerPoint

Work with others simultaneously on a document regardless of the device you're using.

Learn more about co-authoring in Word and PowerPoint

Simplified Sharing

In Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Just click the Share button in the Ribbon for easy sharing right from your Office documents. See who has access to a given document and who is currently working in the document, and change individual authoring permissions for any document you own.

Learn more about sharing in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Shared Notebooks

In OneNote

Collect any and all relevant information (e.g., photos, videos, clippings, drawings,...) in one central location, work with others, and watch the app sync changes within seconds.

Learn more about sharing a OneNote notebook with other people

Real-Time Typing

In Word

As you collaborate with others in a document, see where others are working and view their edits as they happen.

Modern Attachments

In Outlook

Attach a document from your recent items and share them from OneDrive or SharePoint with email recipients. Also configure sharing permissions so that all the recipients have access to the attached file without having to leave the app.

Learn more about attaching a file to an email

Mail Triage

In Outlook

The Clutter feature learns how you prioritize your mail and then helps you by putting low priority messages in a separate folder (while still giving you a daily summary so you don't miss anything). When on the go, you can also take advantage of this capability by using the Focused Inbox.

Learn more about using Clutter to sort low priority messages

Improved Version History

In Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Refer back to previous snapshots and earlier drafts of documents during the editing process as you collaborate with others.

Learn more about viewing historical versions of Office files

One-Click Forecasting

In Excel

With one simple click, create forecast charts based on historical data and predict future trends. This new capability uses the industry standard Exponential Smoothing (ETS) algorithm to give you reliable forecasting data.

Learn more about creating a forecast

New Chart Types

In Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Visualize financial or hierarchical data, and highlight statistical properties of your data with new chart types: Treemap, Waterfall, Pareto, Histogram, Box and Whisker, and Sunburst.

Export Data Source Information to Excel

In Access

Get a list of all the linked data sources from your Access database application into Excel for reference.

Learn more about exporting linked data source information to Excel

More Flexible Timelines

In Project

Not only leverage multiple timelines to illustrate different phases or categories of work, but also set the start and end dates for each timeline separately, to paint a clearer overall picture of the work involved.

Learn more about creating multiple timelines.

Better Control over Resource Scheduling

In Project

Negotiate an agreement, called a resource engagement, to make sure that resources with limited availability are being used appropriately and effectively throughout your organization.

Learn more about resource engagements.

Improved Data Connectivity

In Visio Professional

Connecting your diagram to Excel data is now just one step away. Make sure there is a one-to-one match between values in an Excel column and the text for each shape on the diagram, and simply click Quick Import on the Data tab.

Modern Shapes

In Visio

Take advantage of the many redesigned shapes that are now available. In Visio Professional, the Basic Electrical template now has shapes that are compliant with the IEEE standard. In Visio Standard, the Office Layout shapes have been updated. Also check out the Starter diagrams to quickly get going.

Better Together with Windows 10

In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Mail, Calendar, and OneNote

Take the Office mobile apps for a spin and find out why they are the perfect option for on-the-go productivity. They help you do great work anywhere, anytime, with documents in full fidelity across all your Windows 10 devices.

Office Themes

In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Project, Visio, and Publisher

Pick the Office theme that's right for you. The Dark Gray theme provides a high contrast look and feel that is easy on the eyes. The Colorful theme offers a modern and fresh look. The White theme provides a traditional Office look.

Learn more about changing the Office theme

Tell Me

In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Project, Visio, and Access

Simply type what you want to do in the app using your own words, and then Tell Me will guide through the process as well as offer additional resources.

Learn more about doing things quickly with Tell Me

Smart Lookup

In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook

Fact-check or explore terms in your documents with Bing-powered Smart Lookup. Simply highlight terms in your document and use this feature to bring in search results from the web right into your reading or authoring environment.

Learn more about getting insights into what you're working on

OneDrive Integration

In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and Outlook

Access your Office documents from anywhere and any device by saving them to OneDrive, pick up anywhere you left off, and co-author with others from the comfort of your office or home, or even on the go.

Learn more about saving documents online.

Skype Integration

Use Skype to check in and collaborate with someone using Instant Messaging (IM), voice, video, or screen sharing. Also join online meetings while on the go using the Skype for Business mobile app. See who is online, IM meeting participants, and follow along when a presenter shares his screen - all from your tablet or phone.

Cross-Platform, Cross-Device

In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and Outlook

Easily switch from one device to the next without missing a beat. View and edit your Office documents across Windows, Android, and Apple devices. Review, edit, analyze, and present with a consistent look and familiar user experience across your devices.

 

Applies To:Excel 2016, Word 2016, Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016, OneNote 2016, Publisher 2016, Access 2016, Visio Professional 2016, Visio Standard 2016, Project Professional 2016, Office 2016, Project Standard 2016