Office 2016 for Windows Released!

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 22, 2015 — On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp. began the worldwide release of Office 2016. The apps are the latest addition to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based subscription service that helps people do their best work, together. The company also announced new and enhanced Office 365 services built for team productivity.

“The way people work has changed dramatically, and that’s why Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity and business processes for the mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “These latest innovations take another big step forward in transforming Office from a familiar set of individual productivity apps to a connected set of apps and services designed for modern working, collaboration and teamwork.”

Nadella wrote about the new Office on the Official Microsoft Blog. Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team, provided more insights about Office 2016 on the Office Blog.

Office 2016 delivers new versions of the Office desktop apps for Windows, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Access. By subscribing to Office 365, customers can get always-up-to-date, fully installed apps for use across their devices, combined with a continually evolving set of consumer and commercial services, such as OneDrive online storage, Skype for Business, Delve, Yammer and enterprise-grade security features.

Together, the new Office and Windows 10 are the most complete solution for doing. The Office 2016 apps run beautifully on the best Windows ever, including the new Sway for Windows 10 to create shareable, interactive stories that look great on any screen. Windows Hello logs you into Windows and Office 365 in one simple step.1 Office Mobile apps on Windows 10 empower on-the-go productivity, and work with Continuum2 so you can use your phone like a PC. Cortanaconnects with Office 365 to help with tasks such as meeting preparation, with Outlook integration coming in November.

Built for teamwork

The Office 2016 apps simplify collaboration and remove barriers to team success.

  • Co-authoring4is now provided in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote desktop software, including real-time typing in Word that lets you see others’ edits as they make them.
  • Skype in-app integration across the rich client apps allows you to IM, screen share, talk or video chat right in your docs.
  • Office 365 Groupsare now an integrated part of the Outlook 2016 client app and available on your favorite mobile device through the Outlook Groups app, delivering a consistent team experience across the suite.


In addition, new Office 365 solutions that combine the power of apps and services for better collaboration are coming soon.

  • Introduced today, Office 365 Plannerhelps teams organize their work, with the ability to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates, and update status with visual dashboards and email notifications. Planner will be available in preview to Office 365 First Release customers starting next quarter.
  • Significant new updates to OneDrive for Businessare coming later this month, including a new sync client for Windows and Mac, which will deliver selective sync and enhanced reliability. Updates also include increased file size and volume limits per user, a new user interface in the browser, mobile enhancements, and new IT and developer features.
  • Unveiled earlier this year, GigJamis available Tuesday in private preview and will become part of Office 365 in 2016. GigJam is an unprecedented new way for teams to accomplish tasks and transform business processes by breaking down the barriers between devices, apps and people.

Works for you

Office 2016 provides built-in intelligence to help you work faster and smarter.

  • Outlook 2016provides the smartest inbox yet, with lightning-fast search and automatic removal of low-priority mail. Everyone on the To: line has the right access to documents with modern, cloud-based attachments.
  • Tell Mehelps you quickly find the right Office feature or command, and Smart Lookup brings insights from the Web right into your documents.
  • Excel 2016now includes integrated publishing to Power BI and new modern chart types to help you make the most of your data.
  • The most recently used documents listallows you to pick up right where you left off, traveling with you across your devices, whether you are working in Office Online, in the Office Mobile apps or in the Office 2016 desktop apps.


The most secured Office

Office 2016 apps with Office 365 deliver new capabilities for better enterprise security and protection.

  • Built-in Data Loss Preventionacross Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook significantly reduces the risk of leaking sensitive data, giving IT administrators tools to manage content authoring and document sharing policies.
  • Multifactor authenticationensures secured access to content anywhere when you’re away from the corporate network.
  • Enterprise Data Protection will be available for the Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 later this year and for the desktop apps early next year, enabling secured content sharing within corporate boundaries.

Availability and requirements

The new Office 2016 apps are available in 40 languages and require Windows 7 or later. Starting Tuesday, Office 365 subscribers can choose to download the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription. Automatic updates will begin rolling out to consumer and small-business subscribers next month, and to commercial customers early next year. Office 2016 is also available today as a one-time purchase for both PCs and Macs.

Customers can visit one of the more than 110 Microsoft Stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico to discover and purchase the new Office. While there, they can participate in a free, one-hour Office 2016 workshop and visit the in-store Answer Desk, a one-stop shop for your Office needs.


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Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors, and may require additional authentication steps in certain configurations.

2 Available only on premium Windows Phones. External monitor must support HDMI input. Requires a Continuum-compatible accessory.

3 Cortana experience may vary by region and device.

4 Co-authors must be using Office 2016 or Office Online.

Power BI – All you wish to know about Dashboards

Power BI dashboards present your latest data in one consolidated view, regardless of where the data lives. Simply choose what data appears on your dashboard, and then use Power BI tools to present the data in compelling visualizations—maps, gauges, treemaps, bubble charts, funnel diagrams, and many more.

Here are some tips for working with dashboards that you can put into action right now.

Working with tiles

A tile presents information from an underlying dataset. It’s a snapshot of specific data pinned to your dashboard.

It’s easy to resize, rearrange, and delete tiles on your Windows 8 or Windows 10 start screen. You can do the same with tiles on your Power BI dashboard.

What happens when you select a tile on your dashboard? It depends on how the tile was created.

If you select a dashboard tile that was created in a Power BI report, Power BI opens that report. Now you can analyze the visualization on the dashboard tile in the context of related data shown in the report.

You might want to track just a single number on your Power BI dashboard, such as this year’s sales. You can create a big number tile simply by entering “This year’s sales” in the Q&A box.

To add the big number to your dashboard, click the pin icon in the upper right corner. If you select that big number tile on the dashboard, Power BI opens Q&A with the question that you used to create it. Change the question, and Power BI creates a different visualization.

You can also hyperlink a dashboard tile to another report, a web page, or other online content. Click the pencil icon on the tile. In the Tile Details box, select Set custom link, enter a URL, and then click Apply.

Creating great dashboards

Your dashboard should not only be visually appealing, but also functional. It should be clean and uncluttered so the most important information stands out.

What should you put on your dashboard? It depends on your audience. Think about what key information they need to see to make decisions. Let that guide your choice of tiles. The flexibility of the Power BI dashboard lets you change your tiles easily.

Remember that your dashboard presents an overview—the current data at a glance. You don’t have to display a lot of detail on the dashboard because your audience can click on a tile to see the underlying reports and datasets. So it’s best to display all the tiles on one dashboard screen, avoiding scroll bars if possible.

Also think about where the dashboard is going to be displayed. If it’s going to be shown on a large monitor, you can put more content on it. If it’s going to be displayed on a tablet, fewer tiles are better.

Display important data prominently. If your dashboard tiles are all the same size, your readers might not distinguish what’s most important. This is where you can use the single number tiles to good effect.

Finally, choose the appropriate visualization. With all of the Power BI visualization options, you can pick the one best suited for your data.

Line charts are great for showing trends over time:

Use bar charts for comparing values side by side. Sort your data by measure to draw attention to the highest or lowest number.

Pie charts are good for showing part-to-whole relationships rather than for unit comparison. If you want to display the current status of progress toward a goal, gauge charts are great.

You don’t have to be a data analysis expert to create informative dashboards that let you monitor important data at a glance, and share it with your colleagues. Power BI has the capabilities—you supply the imagination.


Bing Maps Preview – Updates worth checking.

Since Microsoft shared the Bing Maps Preview* in July, they’ve received more than 46,000 suggestions and pieces of feedback! As we sifted through the feedback, a number of common suggestions bubbled up to the top of the list:

People loved the new cards but lots wanted to be able to hide and show the cards on the map canvas.

Many would like to be able to turn map labels on and off in aerial and birds-eye modes.

Bing Maps didn’t show the distance and time between waypoints in directions, which a lot of people said was useful.

There was an overwhelming ask for Ordnance Survey Maps to be enabled in the UK.

Evolving from where they started, Bing Maps team has implemented numerous changes to the Bing Maps Preview, including the four suggestions above. Let’s take a look at each of these.

Hide/show all cards

Bing Maps learned that there are times when it would be useful to just have an unencumbered view of the map. One can now easily achieve this by hiding the cards.

Turn map labels on/off in aerial and birds-eye modes

Based on feedback, Bing Maps team has made it easier to select the map style or mode that one wants to use. As part of this change, they added a way to enable and disable labels in aerial and birds-eye modes.

Display the distance and time per segment in directions

Bing Maps Preview now shows the distance and time per segment in directions, for routes with more than two waypoints. Additionally, one can also collapse/expand each of these segments depending on which ones they want to see

Ordnance Survey Maps (for the UK)

Ordnance Survey maps was the most requested feature so far, no doubt for many who love being in the great outdoors and are looking for a familiar, information-rich experience that can’t be found on other mapping sites. Ordnance Survey maps are now available to users in the UK!

The Bing Maps team will continue to review received feedback and update the Bing Maps Preview. Look for more exciting new features and improvements designed to make your trips easier and more enjoyable!

*Bing Maps Preview is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Africa, and will be available to more markets in the near future.



Windows 10 – 10 Interesting Facts to know

Recently, Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Windows and Devices, shared some fun Windows 10 facts via Twitter. Check out the full list below!

  • As of August 26, 2015 More than 75 million devices are running Windows 10 (and growing each day, the most recent figure according to a few sources is 81 million now)
  • Windows 10 is running in 192 countries, virtually every country on the planet.
  • More than 90,000 unique PC or tablet models have upgraded to Windows 10
  • Even some devices manufactured in 2007 have upgraded to Windows 10
  • More than 122 years of gameplay have streamed from Xbox One to Windows 10 devices.
  • 10 million achievements unlocked: Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Minecraft: Windows 10    Edition Beta
  • In response to “tell me a joke”, Cortana has told over half a million jokes since launch.
  • Windows Store for Windows 10 has seen 6X more app downloads per device than Windows 8.
  • Over 2,000 organizations vying to win the global partner slot in #UpgradeYourWorld.