News this morning that Microsoft is today beginning the global release of Office 2016, the latest version of what is perhaps the most broadly adopted software suite globally. Alongside the core Office suite, Microsoft is beefing up a bunch of team productivity services around Office 365. It’s worth taking a look at the announcements before opining on what it all means.
Let’s start at the top. Firstly, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote all include co-authoring. What that means is that users who have the latest version of the software can co-create documents in real time. Furthermore, users of Word enjoy real-time typing, allowing them to see other users’ edits as they are made. Longtime users of Google Docs will recognize this as something that seemed absolutely magical when Google introduced it years ago, but to see it in Microsoft Word, the most widely adopted enterprise document creation solution, is pretty amazing.