One of the most anticipated features of the upcoming Office 2016, is the co-authoring features, allowing more than one person to work on a document at the same-time. The Office 2016 Preview has been available to preview users on SharePoint Online, but now it arrives via OneDrive for many to try out.
Many large scale documents have more than one author, and the ability to see document changes and co-authoring changes is highly important. Now, the ability to work on documents at the same-time, and see where the edits were made should help many. Plus, OneDrive support makes it much easier to use.
Now Available Via OneDrive
In their Office blogs post on Friday, Microsoft shared the great news for Word fans. Now, users will be able to use the co-authoring feature a a first-look feature for Word documents stored on OneDrive as part of the latest Office 2016 preview release. It’s still not broadly available, but its worth joining the preview for it.
This will allow two or more users to use the same Word documents from OneDrive. They are then able to co-author with others in real-time, and see the cursor locations as they happen. So, business users can track changes, students can work on papers together, and anyone using the preview can try it out when they want.
How to Use It
Users should be able to try it out as of the writing of this article, according to Microsoft. Users will need a Word document shared on OneDrive and have two people running the latest preview. Users will then need to be given edit permissions, so they can then begin to both edit the file. This is very important.
Users will then be able to see a prompt in the upper right hand corner to ask them if they’d like to automatically share their changes. A user can then click “YES” and the other person can click “YES” and co-authoring can begin. Flags representing the cursors of multiple users will then appear with edits being made in real-time.
Real-Time editing comes to Word. This is a great feature, so try it out in the preview now.