Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Rolling Out Office 2016 For Preview
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has released the early version of Office 2016, aiming at developers and IT professionals. The official launch of the popular production tool is expected later this year. Microsoft also released an early version of Skype for Business, also available for test ahead of the official release in April. Skype for Business is expected to replace Lync, which has been the company’s primary communications tool that aimed at business clients.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) said that the Office 2016 preview doesn’t contain all the features that it plans to have in the final product. However, people will be able to get a closer look at what is coming in the final product, which is slated for release later in 2015. The preview version of Office 2016 is targeting developers and IT professionals.
The new Office 2016 software comes with a colorful theme and also shows improvement in tools such as Outlook, Word and Excel. Outlook 2016, for instance, comes with improved search, email delivery performance and storage footprint.
Skype for Business
Together with the Office 2016 preview, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) launched a trail version of Skype for Business, which comes with the ability to integrate into a number of Office apps. The look of Skype for Business is very similar to that of the consumer version of the communication tool. Microsoft will replace its popular business communication tool, Lync, with Skype for Business, whose final version is expected next month.
The release of Office 2016 and Skype for Business previews comes just when reports also emerged that Microsoft was building an advanced version of its digital assistant tool, Cortana. The improved Cortana is expected to ship with the new Windows 10 OS, which is expected to launch later this year. Microsoft could make Cortana available beyond the Windows platform so that users of devices powered by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Android and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS can also take advantage of the digital assistant tool.
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