Better Forecasting of Time Series Data
From linear forecasting available in earlier versions, Excel 2016 gets a one-click button for exponential forecasting of a data series. Go to Ribbon > Data > Forecast Sheet.
Exponential smoothening of your data could be better for approximating trends when compared to linear regression.
Cool Geospatial Visualizations with 3D Power Maps
The Power Map tool is now called 3D Maps and built into Excel 2016. Use it as an advanced business intelligence tool by visualizing any geospatial data that you have already brought into Excel with Power Query and combined with Power Pivot.
Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
Record Your Screen with PowerPoint
Seamlessly record any process on your screen with a new screencasting tool in PowerPoint. Go to Ribbon > Insert > Screen recording. Capture the part of your screen with audio and insert it directly into your presentation in a one-click process.
You can stylize it with the many video style presets. Crop the video to the size you want. PowerPoint also allows you to save the video file on your desktop for use outside the suite.
Share Better with Conflict Resolution
This is a neat feature which helps you avoid conflicts by observing the changes made by each collaborator – thanks to a side-by-side visual comparison. Choose the slide with the changes you would like to keep.
Microsoft Outlook 2016
Read Important Emails First
A smart email management feature learns your inbox behavior and removes low-priority messages to a special folder called Clutter. You can also sort them manually and review them later. Clutter needs an Office 365 subscription to work with Office 2016.
Quicker File Attachment
Email workflow is accelerated when attaching files just works. Outlook 2016 makes it easier to attach recently opened files from the menu.
You can also set file permissions on the attached files. Share them as View only or allow edits so that recipients can work together on shared cloud files on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint. By default, recipients have permissions to edit.
The Best Reason to Upgrade — Work Anywhere and Anytime
When you work in a team then upgrading to Office 2016 makes better sense.
From an individual productivity tool, Office 2016 has planted a solid foot in the cloud and collaboration arena. Simpler document sharing and co-authoring could alone change your idea of productivity. Co-authoring is now a feature of the desktop apps – linked Office apps, Office Online, and Office 365 turns it into an on the go productivity hub.
New updates like GigJam could be pushed out in the near future. Then, there are some other features I haven’t covered like Outlook Groups which is available with an Office 365 work or school account. Or Skype for Business which is useful for group chats.
Where do you see yourself in the Windows universe? Working on one PC or working on multiple devices? Working alone or working with a team? For the latter, Microsoft has given you sufficient reasons to upgrade. Will you? Tell us.
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