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The 8 most convenient Office 2016 features

Microsoft Office, for many known as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook, has been completely revamped for the 2016 edition. As in every new version, a lot of changes have been made, and we like to put the 8 most convenient of these on a row.

1. Real-time co-authorship

Collaborating efficiently is one of the main objectives of Microsoft Office 2016. It will not surprise you that from this version you can work with different people simultaneously on the same document. While you are already reading the first paragraph in your Word document, your colleague can continue to write to the following paragraphs, without your work being overwritten by the other. The same goes for PowerPoint, but Word has a unique perk: Here you can even see each other in real-time typing.

2. Send larger files

Send your PowerPoint presentation of 300mb by mail? This is no longer a problem in the new Outlook. As soon as you add an Office 2016 product as an attachment to an email, it will be converted into a link where the recipient can easily download the file. The only condition for this is that the file is already synchronized with a OneDrive account or a SharePoint folder.

3. Smart Lookup

The Smart Lookup function ensures that you don't have to leave Word, Excel or PowerPoint when you want to look up the meaning of a word in your document. Simply select the word in question, right click and then select the option "Smart Lookup". The results you receive are generated by Bing and will be displayed in an "Insights" tab within your document.

4. One-click Forecasting

Excel-Ninjas will undoubtedly count this feature up to their favorites. In the chart section of Excel, you can now conjure up predictions with a simple mouse click. To this end, Microsoft uses the standard "Exponential Smoothing algorithm (ETS) to show effective reliable forecasts.

5. Skype Integration

As mentioned earlier, working together efficiently is very important in Office 2016 and that also proves the Skype integration in the various desktop apps. This allows you to start a Skype call within Word, Excel or PowerPoint, both with Instant messaging, voice calls and video calls. But you can also without leaving the document, share your screen via Skype.

6. Office groups in Outlook

This is perhaps the least discussed novelty of Office 2016, but therefore certainly not the least useful. Thanks to Office groups, it has been done once and for all with traditional distribution lists or cluttered mail conversations. You can now bring together the colleagues you collaborate with in one group, which has a shared Inbox, Calendar, File store, and even integrated OneNote notes.

7. New graphs

For those who are looking forward to the standard charts in Microsoft Office, there is good news. In fact, new chart types have been added that help you to visualize financial or hierarchical data better.

8. Better cross-device support

Finally Office 2016 also puts a big step forward in cross-device support of various programs. Create your Word document on your smartphone, update it on your tablet and add the finishing touch to your PC, all can be done easier than before.