Office 2016 arrives with features meant to take on Google
Office 2016 is out of preview today, and in a sentence, it represents Microsoft’s most obvious effort yet to catch up with Google Drive. Though the new release looks generally the same as the last version, it’s designed for sharing and collaboration in a way that Office 2013 really wasn’t. In particular, Office 2016 introduces real-time co-authoring (a feature already availablein the web version of Office), along with the ability to attach OneDrive files to emails in Outlook. In addition to Google, though, the new software takes aim at various other tools businesses might be using, including Slack (for chatting) and Trello (for to-do lists and task management). You might even be able to avoid the browser sometimes, thanks to built-in Bing search results. Microsoft’s goal with Office 2016, then, wasn’t just to match what Google Docs can do, but to ensure business users in particular barely need to leave the app.