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Office 2016 Has Launched

The wait is over: Microsoft has officially released Office 2016. It’s the first installment in three years, which begs the question of whether it was worth the wait. According to Engadget, the new features and tweaks bring the suite of apps into the present, and make them compete on just about all levels with their newer, slimmer competition.

From the article:

Office 2016 is out of preview today, and in a sentence, it represents Microsoft’s most obvious effort yet to catch up with Google Drive. Though the new release looks generally the same as the last version, it’s designed for sharing and collaboration in a way that Office 2013 really wasn’t. In particular, Office 2016 introduces real-time co-authoring (a featurealready available in the web version of Office), along with the ability to attach OneDrive files to emails in Outlook. In addition to Google, though, the new software takes aim at various other tools businesses might be using, including Slack (for chatting) and Trello (for to-do lists and task management). You might even be able to avoid the browser sometimes, thanks to built-in Bing search results. Microsoft’s goal with Office 2016, then, wasn’t just to match what Google Docs can do, but to ensure business users in particular barely need to leave the app.

For more details about what’s new, check out Microsoft’s blog post announcing the release and this video introducing the new features.