Microsoft Office 2016 is the most powerful and advanced version of the world’s most popular productivity software suite, and it may also be one of the last traditional editions.
There are several reasons why Canadians should buy Office 2016 and keep it installed on their personal computing devices, but there are also a few reasons why they may want to wait and see what direction Microsoft will take in the near future.
The Microsoft Office Ecosystem
When Canadian users buy Office 2016 for personal or business use, they are essentially getting part of what can be described as a productivity ecosystem. Office 2016 has a cloud parallel, which is known as Office 365. The way it works is as follows: When you buy Office 2016, you can also get a great deal on an Office 365 subscription, which greatly enhances the Office ecosystem.
Some of the most interesting features of Office 2016 include:
Real-time collaboration and co-authoring
One-click forecasts and charts in Excel
Flexible timelines for project creations
Powerful templates and shapes in Visio
Flawless Windows 10 integration
Flawless Skype integration
Once you combine the power of Office 2016 with the right Office 365 subscription for your specific needs, you will have everything covered in terms of enterprise software.
One of the most powerful Office 2016 features is co-authoring, which takes real-time collaboration to a new level. With co-authoring, a PowerPoint or Word document can be uploaded to a corporate SharePoint folder or to a personal OneDrive so that multiple authors can contribute content. Depending on the permissions set for each document, revisions can be made along with comments in a way that no author will permanently add, delete or modify by accident.
The Future of Microsoft Office
From now on, Microsoft will concentrate more on Office 365 and its cloud products than on its offline software. One clear step in this direction was the company’s recent investment in building two Canadian data centres; one in Toronto and the other near Montreal. By doing so, Office 365 subscribers who are bound by law to keep digital records within Canada will be able to do so.
At this time, users of Office 2016 in Canada will likely get free upgrades in the future, but they will not see as many as Office 365 subscribers will. Microsoft has already surpassed its main rival Google Docs in terms of providing a productivity ecosystem that takes full advantage of cloud computing, and the Seattle tech giant will likely continue to keep moving its Office brand to the cloud.