At its Convergence 2015 event in Atlanta today, Microsoft has launched IT and developer previews of Office 2016 for Windows, as well as Skype for Business technical preview.
A leaked version of Office 2016 gave us an early glimpse at what Office 2016 will look like. Today, Microsoft is letting IT professionals and developers test its forthcoming productivity suite. The Redmond-based company has detailed some of the new features coming with the release. These include improved Outlook 2016 search, keyboard accessibility, email delivery performance, less storage footprint, multifactor authentication, and improvements to image insertion in Word and Excel among others.
Microsoft has emphasized that this is an early build and doesn t yet contain all the features we re planning to ship in the final product. It will also be introducing newer features via monthly updates. Those interested, can sign up for Office 2016 technical preview here.
As mentioned above, the company also launched the technical preview for Skype for Business. As we had reported towards the end of last year, the company has essentially rebranded Lync as Skype for Business. The software expands on Lync s features, and yet remains true to its Skype roots. It allows users to connect with anyone on Skype network inside or outside the organization, and is also integrated closely with various Office apps. As the company had mentioned before, the final version will be coming sometime in April, and you can sign up for the preview here.