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Why You Should Upgrade To Microsoft 2016: 8 Reasons

Julian Row 2016-10-29 15:00:00

Microsoft Office 2016 has been out for 18 months now and if you don’t have it by now, you should get it. If you have an Office 365 subscription, you can get it for free. If you don't own a copy already, you may be interested in shopping around for a version of Microsoft 2016 at the Software King website.

If you’ve been holding out, there are many reasons why you should just take the plunge. Here are just some of the reasons:

1: Colorful

Office 2016 introduced Colorful, the default theme. Each app gets a different colour: Excel is green, Outlook is light blue, Word is dark blue, OneNote is purple, PowerPoint is orange. You certainly won’t be bored! If, however, you don’t want it so colourful, or you want to choose your own, feel free to go into File>Account>Office Theme.

2: Co-Author and Collaborate in Real Time

In Office 2013, collaboration wasn’t in real time, and a lot of people switched to Google Drive. Now you get real-time co-authoring and workflow in a team is much more productive since you can always see, in real time, what your other team members are doing in a PowerPoint presentation or Word document.

3: Ink Equation

On touch-enabled devices, you can now use your finger or a stylus to write math equations by hand in PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. Just go to Insert>Equation>Ink Equation. You can also use the Write box and your mouse to write in data and the software will convert it to text.

4: New Chart Types

Excel, PowerPoint, and Word all got new chart types that help you visualize your raw data with cool diagrams. You get all the tools you will need for richer storytelling, and you will enjoy the new chart types like Pareto, Whisker, Treemap, Sunburst, Waterfall, Histogram, and Box. You can also use the Quick Analysis button (right-click menu) to see a preview of the recommended chart using the data you’ve supplied.

5: “Tell Me”

Clippy’s smarter (and less annoying) cousin is the Tell Me feature. You’ll find it in the middle of the Ribbon, shown as a bulb icon. Just tell it what you want to do and it will tell yo how to do it. Say you want to adjust the line spacing: just type in “adjust line spacing” in the field provided and all of your line spacing options will appear. You can learn more about this new feature at International Business Times.

6: Smart Lookup

Don’t know what a word or phrase means? Just highlight it and the Bing-powered Smart Lookup will show you search results from the Web. You’ll see a sidebar on the right hand side displaying search results from different websites. This allows you to drag and drop the info into your program.

7: Work at Anytime, Anywhere

Possibly the very best feature of Microsoft Office 2016 is the ability to work anywhere, at anytime. The office suite has a solid stake in the cloud and collaboration arena, meaning just the co-authoring and document sharing abilities alone could make upgrading worth your while.

8: New Office App Features

Each of the apps within Office 2016 also got some pretty cool upgrades and additions. Here are just a few:


- better forecasting of time series data

- Power Query goes native

- 3D Maps (was Power Map)


- quicker file attachment

- read important emails first


- share better with conflict resolution

- insert screen recording

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