The newest version of desktop Office is around the corner, and as Microsoft opens up Office 2016 to the pipeline next year, the beta keeps on improving. On Friday, Microsoft issued updates to the Office 2016 Preview, and gives users a number of new features to enjoy and use.
The Office 2016 Preview was announced in early May, and has gotten a lot of positive attention from beta testers. While it still has a number of bugs and errors, Microsoft is finding ways to improve the beta for all. The newest updates should help, and showcase what is next for Office 2016.
New Excel Charts & Real-Time Typing In Word
Users of Excel will love the first major update, and these are new charts for Excel. Microsoft has released six new charts for Excel and they are labeled: Waterfall, Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker, Treemap, and Sunburst. These are all able to be tried out with the latest update applied to Excel.
Second, real-time typing is available in Word. This is important, as users will now be able to see where others are working and see what they are typing, as they type it. Users can try this out by savings a doc to OneDrive for Business, and then inviting others to co-author the document at the same time.
Insights, TellMe and Equations
Third, Insights for Excel and PowerPoint have been launched, updating it just from Word and Outlook the previous month. The Bing Insights will bring web experience and fact checks to the document, and enable users to get more information without leaving the document. This is huge for Excel and PowerPoint users.
Two other updates to the Office 2016 preview include Tell Me and the ability to convert hand written equations to text. The Tell Me allows for users to type in what they want in the box, and get results for the request. Using the insert equation feature will let Office convert handwritten equations to text with ease.
Try out Office 2016 if you dare. It’s a cool and great update available today.