With barely a few weeks left before Microsoft releases Windows 10 across the globe, the Windows maker just pushed a new update for Office 2016 on Windows Preview. The new update brings features that primarily focus on collaborative work, which is essentially the reason Microsoft has rolled out “real time presence,” to Word.
This basically means that multiple authors can edit the same document simultaneously and will also be able to see what changes or edits co-authors are making in real time, though Microsoft says the latter feature will be rolled out in a subsequent release. As of now, users with the preview version of Word 2016 will be able to see where exactly in a particular document co-authors are making changes.
“Real Time Presence in Word: While Real Time Typing will ship in subsequent builds, we are rolling out a key part of that collaborative experience with Real Time Presence. Real Time Presence allows you to see where in a document your teammates are editing. We are turning this on first for OneDrive for Business subscribers but it will be available more broadly soon,” said Microsoft.
This new collaborative feature will be initially available only for OneDrive for Business users, though will rolled out across all platforms shortly.
Another new feature that the update brings to Office suite includes a new Share option for hassle free file sharing. Users now will be able to share files at the click of a button, making it easier than ever, while improvements have also been made to file version histories.
“We are simplifying the process of sharing files and making them available to others to review, comment, and edit. Just clicking Share on the Ribbon will save your file to the Cloud and make it available to others in one easy step,” explains Microsoft in a blog post.
Another nifty update that Microsoft has added is Insights for Office, where both Word and Outlook get Bing powered insights, which allows users to find added information about a particular text in their documents online.
Interested users can get the new update by signing up for the preview program – just as was the case with Windows 10. These features will be rolled out over the next couple of days, hence if users don’t see them yet, they can head over to File > Account and check for them manually.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, Microsoft released a new more stable and refined preview build of Windows 10 for Windows Insiders who have chosen Fast ring.