"4 reasons to get excited about Office 2016"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
4 reasons to get excited about Office 2016
Word Excel and PowerPoint are getting more social.
Office 2016, available now, adds new collaboration features to these top tier programs allow you to work with others in real time.
Here are our top four new features in Office 2016.
Number one; real time typing.
Just like Google Docs, you can now see when someone else is editing a document Spreadsheet or presentation.
This lets two or more people edit something at the same time and see what each other person is adding to the project.
Writing a paper or putting together a presentation and need to do some research?
Now, you can do a Bing search from within Word, Excel, or Powerpoint.
Just click into a word or phrase, right click and select smart lookup, you'll see results from Bing on the right hand side and the best part is, that office is smart enough to use the context of whatever you've written to narrow down your search.
Number three, tell me, no more digging around the menus to find the features you want.
A new search bar lets you tell the office app what you need and they will find it for you.
For example, in Power Point, you can type the name of the slide transition you want, and it'll bring up the menu to add that effect.
Number four, built-in Skype.
Hoping to make collaboration easier, Microsoft added Skype to Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
Now you can click a button to instant message people on your team, or start a voice call while you work on a document or spreadsheet together.
Microsoft Office 2016 ushers in many new features, all designed to help you work better together.
For a first look at what's new in Office 2016, head over to CNET.com.
I'm Sarah Mitroff.
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