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What's new in Microsoft Office 2016 (including Excel 2016 changes)
Part one of a five-part series of blogs

The latest incarnation of Microsoft Office (2016) should be released on 22nd September 2015 (Microsoft are always a bit ahead of themselves with versions). This blog gives a detailed guide to what's new, the biggest changes being in Excel and Outlook.

  1. The Wise Owl take on Microsoft Office 2016 (this blog)
  2. General changes for Microsoft Office 2016
  3. What's new in Excel 2016
  4. What's new in Outlook 2016
  5. What's new in Access, PowerPoint, Project, Visio and Word

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 September 2015

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The Wise Owl take on Microsoft Office 2016

Most people seem to agree that the release date of Office 2016 will be September 22nd 2015.  At the time of writing, that's 2 weeks away!  This series of blogs shows what you can expect.

As a quick summary, Outlook and the Power BI aspects of Excel have changed a lot; otherwise, most changes are cosmetic.

First impressions

The immediate thing which struck me about Office 2016 is how quickly all of the applications within it load (no screen diagram can show this). 

Also ... it looks slightly less ugly:

The metro look

We were kind of hoping Microsoft would ditch the Metro look, but the colours are better, and showing the menus in Camel Case rather than CAPITALS helps.

And with those two superficial first thoughts aside, let's look in more detail on what's new in Office 2016, starting with general changes to all applications.

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