In November 2015, the technology-research firm IDC released a report titled, Microsoft Launches Office 2016: A Collaborative, Connected World. The document outlines key Office 2016 enhancements and the benefits of transitioning to a subscription model and connected cloud services. Office authoring tools take center stage in the report—IDC predicts they will play a critical role in the workplace and entirely transform content collaboration.
Report analysts cite user and enterprise benefits in Office 2016 such as enhanced collaboration opportunities and a reduced IT burden. For example, the report observes that employees can use Office 2016 to review, edit, and comment on project documents simultaneously from multiple devices, which can reduce the time they spend emailing versions to one another (what the report calls “revision hell”). Additionally, the Office 365 subscription model relieves IT of the tasks associated with software distribution, updates, and license management.
The report notes that information workers spend a significant part of each day searching for information and people—around 22 hours a week—costing enterprises millions of dollars a year, but that, “AI [artificial intelligence] tools, like Office Delve, are key to improving the productivity of information workers and enabling them to cope with the digital tsunami.”
IDC also notes that Microsoft efforts to make APIs available for Office 365 has been “very welcomed by partners such as Box, Dropbox, Intralinks, and other cloud content collaboration vendors.” Finally, while emphasizing the need to enable a more fluid way of working, the IDC report concludes that Office 2016 has the potential to, “empower users to innovate and create.”View the full IDC report for more detail.
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