The way people work has changed dramatically, and Microsoft has tweaked its Office suite to reflect the mobile-first, cloud-first world.
An Office 2016 subscription delivers new versions of desktop apps such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and OneNote.
Microsoft New Zealand Office and Office 365 Business Group Director Maria Martinez Torres said, in statement, the new Office offered Kiwis new ways to collaborate and work smarter.
"The new Office will enable new and exciting ways for kiwis to work together, and was designed with the clear understanding that people currently find working together harder than it should be."
"By helping New Zealanders to share their ideas and collaborate more easily – for example, by being able to IM, screen share, talk or video chat right from their documents – the new Office empowers people and their teams to do and achieve more."
Co-authoring of documents is now provided in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote desktop software, including real-time typing in Word that lets you see others' edits as they make them.
Skype in-app integration across the rich client apps allows you to IM, screen share, talk or video chat right in your docs.
Office 365 Groups are now integrated in Outlook 2016 and available on your favourite mobile device through the Outlook Groups app, delivering a consistent team experience across the suite.
Office 365 Planner helps teams organize work, with the ability to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates, and update status with visual dashboards and email notifications.
Significant new updates to OneDrive for Business are coming later this month, including a new sync client for Windows and Apple Mac, which will deliver selective sync and enhanced reliability. Updates also include increased file size and volume limits per user, a new user interface in the browser, mobile enhancements, and new IT and developer features.
Outlook 2016 has the smartest inbox yet, with lightning-fast search and automatic removal of low-priority mail. Everyone on the To: line has the right access to documents with modern, cloud-based attachments.
Tell Me helps you quickly find the right Office feature or command, and Smart Lookup brings insights from the Web into your documents.
Excel 2016 includes integrated publishing to Power BI and new modern chart types to help you make the most of your data.
The most recently used documents list allows you to pick up right where you left off, traveling with you across your devices, whether you are working in Office Online, in the Office Mobile apps or in the Office 2016 desktop apps.
There's built-in Data Loss Prevention across Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook significantly reduces the risk of leaking sensitive data, giving IT administrators tools to manage content authoring and document sharing policies.
Multifactor authentication ensures secured access to content anywhere when you're away from the corporate network.
Enterprise Data Protection will be available for the Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 later this year and for the desktop apps early next year, enabling secured content sharing within corporate boundaries.
The new Office 2016 apps are available in 40 languages and require Windows 7 or later. Office 365 subscribers can choose to download the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription. Automatic updates will begin rolling out to consumer and small-business subscribers next month, and to commercial customers early next year. Office 2016 is also available today as a one-time purchase for both PCs and Macs.
More information is available at www.office365.com.