In addition to Windows Technical Preview, which Microsoft is expected to unveil on September 30th, the software technology company is also working on an “Office Technical Preview”, the next iteration to its iconic productivity suite, The Verge reports. The company has reportedly seeded out this preview to select partners and testers for feedback.
The new Office brings with it several new features as well as changes in the user interface. In addition to the existing light grey, dark grey, and white themes, Microsoft has added a black theme which will be optional choice for users.
Office 2016 also brings with it a Clippy-like assistant called “Tell Me”, which will help users with adding images to the document among other troubleshoots. This is a handy inclusion, as otherwise users need to browse through a reservoir of documentations. However, as the publication notes, unlike Clippy, Tell Me won’t have any animation elements, and will sit on the top of documents.
There aren’t a lot of visible changes, and the Office Ribbon is still present in the next version. One of the most important features is the improvements users will find while embedding images. The new Office will automatically change the orientation of pictures to adjust with document space, with an additional manual feature allowing you to make any further changes.
Additionally, Outlook email client will now allow users to sync emails for just a day, 3 days, or 7 days, or 14 days compared to the current edition’s 30 days option, a feature which will be handy to users who want to save storage space and bandwidth.