Microsoft reveals Update 2 for Office 2016 Preview, with real-time typing support for Word


1, 2015


Back in May, Microsoft launched Office 2016 Preview – allowing users to test Office 2016. Today, Microsoft is releasing Office 2016 Preview Update 2 with some new features for Excel and PowerPoint. The latest update includes six new charts for Excel, real-time typing support for Word, improvements to PowerPoint, and more. Here’s the full changelog:

  • New charts in Excel  – There has been a lot of enthusiasm for the new charts in Excel we delivered— all based on user feedback. The six new charts include Waterfall (shown), Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker, Treemap (shown) and Sunburst.
  • Real-time typing in Word – Real-time typing is now in Word! You can see where others are working and what they are typing as they type it. To try this, save a document to OneDrive for Business and invite your colleagues to join you in a simultaneous authoring session.
  • Insights in Excel and PowerPoint – Last month we delivered Insights in Word and Outlook, and we just brought it to Excel and PowerPoint. As a reminder, Insights, powered by Bing, brings you contextual information from the web right into your Office experience. Fact check or explore terms without leaving your spreadsheet or presentation. Just right click any word or phrase and select “smart lookup.”
  • Tell Me – Tell Me is an entirely new way to find the commands you need. Just type what you want to do in the Tell Me box at the top of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, and you will get a set of results that let you take the desired action directly from within those results.
  • Convert Hand Written Equations to Text – Use the Insert Equation feature to write math equations in Word, Excel and PowerPoint with a digital pen, a mouse, or even your finger, and Office automatically converts it to a “typed” format.

As you can see, just like Windows 10, Office 2016 is shaping up very nicely. If you’ve not signed up for the preview yet, you can still join the Office Preview program by heading over to this link. And don’t forget to tell us what you think of Update 2 for Office 2016 in the comment section below!

Source: Office Blogs

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