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Office 2016: 8 Enterprise-Worthy Features

The newest version of Office is designed for consumer and business users alike. So, which new features will matter most in the enterprise? Here's a look at the ones you'll really want for work.
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Planner 
Planner, a new addition to Office 365, is still in beta but is a key part of Microsoft's collaborative vision for Office. The name is self explanatory. Planner is a project management tool for managing tasks, deadlines, and progress for a group of workers. Many people create team schedules in apps such as Excel, which is a clumsy and static tool for keeping track of assignments and due dates for a large group.
The approach to Planner? Fewer words, more design. Graphs and charts show who is working on which assignments, how much progress they have made, and when their project is due. It adds an element of transparency into the group collaboration process.
Planner's user interface is similar to that of Delve, with buckets for different tasks. You can assign tasks and due dates, and later see which haven't been started and which are overdue. The idea is to provide enough structure to help groups manage assignments but not so much that it slows down the team.
Is it effective? You'll soon find out. Planner is in beta among Office 365 First Release customers. 
(Image: Microsoft)

Planner

Planner, a new addition to Office 365, is still in beta but is a key part of Microsoft's collaborative vision for Office. The name is self explanatory. Planner is a project management tool for managing tasks, deadlines, and progress for a group of workers. Many people create team schedules in apps such as Excel, which is a clumsy and static tool for keeping track of assignments and due dates for a large group.

The approach to Planner? Fewer words, more design. Graphs and charts show who is working on which assignments, how much progress they have made, and when their project is due. It adds an element of transparency into the group collaboration process.

Planner's user interface is similar to that of Delve, with buckets for different tasks. You can assign tasks and due dates, and later see which haven't been started and which are overdue. The idea is to provide enough structure to help groups manage assignments but not so much that it slows down the team.

Is it effective? You'll soon find out. Planner is in beta among Office 365 First Release customers.

(Image: Microsoft)

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tzubair
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tzubair,
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10/28/2015 | 3:29:45 PM
Office 365
"Microsoft is pushing its cloud-based Office 365 subscription offering, launched the productivity suite on Apple and Android devices, and is making apps free for smaller displays."


I think that's a very important step that Microsoft has taken over the years. They were too proud earlier on to launch anythingn for a platform that wasn't their own. Later on, they realized their mistake and started making the flagship product available for other platforms. I think this is a late decision but ceratiainly a very good one.
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vnewman2,
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10/28/2015 | 5:07:33 PM
Re: Office 365
This is a great column for Halloween season :).  "Clutter" will need to be "decluttered" from our Enterprise migration - people really hate when Microsoft tries to think for them and "learn" anything about their behaviors because they usually get it wrong.  
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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10/28/2015 | 5:29:31 PM
Re: Office 365
"We really want to encourage people to embrace the cloud."  Except for all the bank, government, healthcare, legal services, etc firms who would be fired if they ever stored any attachment with SSNs, Credit card info, loan numbers in the cloud.
tzubair
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10/28/2015 | 9:01:25 PM
Re: Office 365
"people really hate when Microsoft tries to think for them and "learn" anything about their behaviors because they usually get it wrong."

@vnewman: I totally agree. I doubt if Microsoft has ever gotten someting right in the first attempt. Normally it takes a few iterations for them to come up with an acceptable product that excites users. Be it Windows 7 or Windows 10 or Office 2016, the same rule applies.
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10/29/2015 | 1:19:51 PM
Re: Office 365
@vnewman, I don't know much about Office 365, we are on premise installed Office. Does using Office 365 come boxed with cloud storage? Couldn't you use the software from internet but save documents locally? Or is that impossible to enforce in Office 365?

I just chuckle everytime I see statements like "MS is encouraging people to use Office 365". Well of course they are, recurring revenue forever is a much better business model for them. :-)  We used Office 2000 from about 2001 until Corp finally upgraded to Office 2010 a couple of years ago. I don't think 2016 version is close to their radar yet. Maybe Office 2020. :-)
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10/29/2015 | 5:07:30 PM
Re: Office 365
@TerryB, I'm not sure as we use Office Pro as well, and I use the Home version of Pro offered by the MSFT Home Use Program, which is essentially the same. But, the theme I keep seeing in this article is that the Office 365 Program Manager keeps speaking about the features of the Office Pro Suite and that's my guess as to why the focus is the Cloud...there must be some new cross-fuctional teams deployed in Redmond.
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10/30/2015 | 4:57:53 PM
"Integration" is the key
Great Article Kelly!,

Thank you very much for providing a good summary of what to look forward to with Office 2016.

What I really like is they are integrating collaboration features that usually requries other applications/extensions to be installed.

I'm specially intriged by the Group feature (already asked our support team if we can get it)
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batye,
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11/2/2015 | 8:19:00 PM
Re: Office 365
@tzubair I would say each time I see new office rolled out... I always ask what they where thinking....
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11/5/2015 | 7:37:45 AM
Re: Office 365
Yeah thats right, anyway this office is really better than the previous one in my opinion
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