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Microsoft releases Office 2016

Redmond’s Gulf unit stresses ‘knowledge sharing’, collaboration features of latest productivity suite

Anabtawi: Office 2016 reinvents productivity and unlocks the power of the group.
Anabtawi: Office 2016 reinvents productivity and unlocks the power of the group.

Microsoft has begun its worldwide release of Office 2016, according to Microsoft Gulf.

The productivity app suite will be part of Office 365, Microsoft's cloud-based subscription service and will be launched along with services designed to enhance collaboration.

"The way people work has changed dramatically, and that's why Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity and business processes for the mobile-first, cloud-first world," said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft.

"These latest innovations take another big step forward in transforming Office from a familiar set of individual productivity apps to a connected set of apps and services designed for modern working, collaboration and teamwork."

Office 2016 includes updated versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Access. Office 365 subscribers are entitled to updates across all devices and supporting services such as OneDrive online storage, Skype for Business, Delve, Yammer and "enterprise-grade" security features.

"Together, the new Office and Windows 10 are the most complete solution for doing," Microsoft said in a statement.

Office Mobile apps on Windows 10 are designed to work with Continuum, which allows certain premium phones to operate "like a PC"; although, to work properly, a Continuum-compatible accessory is required.

"Today's long-anticipated launch of Office 2016 takes the familiar software tools, which are embedded at the very heart of the way individuals and businesses in the Middle East operate, and simply makes them more collaborative, easier to access and share," said Ihsan Anabtawi, regional director, Applications and Services, Microsoft Gulf, at the Dubai launch event yesterday.

"By making it possible to work on any device, from anywhere, Office 2016 reinvents productivity and unlocks the power of the group, empowering every person and organisation in this region to achieve more through enhanced collaboration. This is what will propel cities in the GCC towards what's next, driving knowledge sharing, economic development and prosperity."