New Product Spotlight – Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 helps you to do your best work – anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. New, modern versions of the classic desktop applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and Skype for Business, are built for maximum productivity. You’ll quickly produce professional documents with rich authoring features, design controls for pixel-perfect layouts and new built in Excel tools will help you get more out of your data, faster and easier. You’ll have access to your docs in the cloud whenever you need them. And with your documents stored online, it’s easy to get your team on the same page. Just share, present and work together on projects with built in team collaboration tools across the suite.  Skype for Business lets you work with others no matter where they are.  Office 2016 also offers new security, compliance, and deployment features, giving organizations more control over sensitive data and IT more flexibility in deployment and management. This release consists of updates to the following products, which will be replacing the existing Office 2013 product SKUs.

Key changes with this release:

  • OneNote will no longer be sold as a standalone application. OneNote 2016 will be included with the Office Professional Plus 2016 and Office Standard 2016 suites.
  • InfoPath 2013 will be the last version of standalone InfoPath.  InfoPath 2013 will be included with licenses for Office Professional Plus 2016. InfoPath Forms Services will continue to be supported in the next on-premises release of SharePoint Server 2016, as well as being fully maintained in Office 365.
  • Lync on-premises product SKUs will be replaced with new Skype for Business SKUs effective October 1, 2015.   These new SKUs represent new versioned offers of the Lync products under the Skype for Business branding.   The L/SA and SA SKUs for Lync, which are always versionless, will not be net new for October. Instead, we will be changing the names of these existing SKUs to reflect Skype for Business.  Legacy media SKUs that need to retain the Lync branding for those on current versions will remain as-is.
Office 2016 suites and applications will include Volume Licensing editions of Language Pack and/or Language Interface Pack and/or Proofing Tools for the required language(s). For O365 customers – Language Packs, LIPs and Proofing Tools have now been released into a single downloadable package called the Language Accessory Pack for Office 2016 for O365. Depending on the language selected, the Language Accessory Pack may add additional display (Language Pack or LIP) and/or proofing tools. Before installing the Language Accessory Pack be sure that Microsoft Office 2016 Preview is installed. For Educational Pricing or questions please call your account representative or email us at