The final release of Office 2016 offers no big surprises for adventurous users who've been working with the preview version that Microsoft released back in May, and offers an almost flat learning curve for longtime users who feel at home editing documents in Word, Excel, and Power Point, and taking notes in One Note.
The big changes appear when you start editing collaboratively in Word, Power Point, and One Note, with two or more users editing the same document simultaneously and optionally exchanging text, voice, or video chat via Skype, with the Skype functions accessible directly from the document.
If you need to update your state, here are your options.
Microsoft made massive changes in Office 2016 for Windows but has hidden most of the changes beneath a reassuringly familiar-looking surface.
The new features get even more elaborate when you start working with other team members using timesaving Group functions built into Outlook.
In all these changes, Microsoft isn't merely playing catch-up with collaborative services like Google Apps or Zoho Office.
Copy the company file to a local installation, open the company file and allow the update process to complete, and then close the file and copy it back to the network location.
Final tax returns are due by Tuesday, April 18th; unless a 6-month extension is approved.
This is three days later than the standard April 15th date, because the 15th falls on a weekend this year and Monday, April 17th is the Emancipation Day holiday.
Some Quick Books updates will include a change to the data file structure.
When opening the company file for the first time after installing a product update, you may see a progress bar as the structure change is implemented.
With the new version, the world's most-powerful and widely used office application suite leaves its online and desktop-based competition even further in the dust, especially in its convenient and deeply integrated collaboration features.