Office 2016 Preview now available to public

Earlier in March Microsoft had announced the IT Pro and Developer Preview of Office 2016 for the Windows desktop. That expanded the program to  commercial Office 365 customers, which gave IT pros and developers an opportunity to test the upcoming release.

Now as a next step expanding the audience, ready to take feedback from broader audience, Microsoft is making Office 2016 Preview available to Office users everywhere.  This is in preparation for general availability in Fall 2015. The public previewers will not only get an early look of it but also they’ll help to improve the future of Office by providing feedback.

Office 2016Preview

What’s new in Office 2016

  • Access documents from anywhere on any device: Creating, opening, editing or saving files in the cloud from desktop has become easier across Office 2016 applications
  • Real-time co-authoring: Real-time co-authoring is available in the Office Online apps and the same experience comes to the Windows Desktop applications
  • Smart Applications : To get more out of Office, applications will learn as you work, taking advantage of subtle cues and clues to help you stay on task. Tell Me, a new search tool available in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Data analysis made faster and easier

  • New analysis capabilities are built into Excel.
  • One-click forecasting
  • Intuitive data connecting and shaping capabilities
  • Easy data modeling and powerful analysis with improved Power Pivot features
  • Publish and share your Excel workbooks to users of Power BI
  • New modern charts and graphs

Compliance and security controls

  • Data Loss Protection (DLP) is now available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Multi-factor authentication now available in Outlook
  • Information Rights Management (IRM) protection is now extended to Visio files

Flexible deployment and management

  • New Background Intelligence Transfer Service (BITS) helps prevent congestion on the network
  • Efficiently download and distribute monthly Office updates due to improved integration with ConfigMgr
  • Flexible update management.
  • Activation management simplified

Announcing about Office 2016 Public Preview, the Office 365 Team posted

Over the last 12 months, we’ve transformed Office from a suite of desktop applications to a complete, cross-platform, cross-device solution for getting work done. We’ve expanded the Office footprint to iPad and Android tablets. We’ve upgraded Office experiences on the Mac, the iPhone and on the web.

Download the Office 2016 Preview now

You can get the Office 2016 Preview from these links

Office 365 subscribers : Go to the Office My Account page.

Other Office users : Now even if you don’t have an Office 365 subscription, you can download a trial version of Office 2016

Use the product key provided below to activate your trial.

Product key for the Office 2016 Preview


Download links

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