Microsoft unveils Office 2016 preview

16 Mar 2015

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Microsoft has rolled out a preview of Office 2016 for Windows that will allow IT pros and developers to start testing the forthcoming release.

The consumer tech giant has been evaluating the software in private for several months now, but this early edition doesn’t yet contain all the features plotted for the final product. Previewers can, however, expect to see new additions delivered through monthly updates.

Among the updates already included in Office 2016 is the the expansion of Data Loss Protection (DLP) to Word, Excel and PowerPoint, some technical improvements to Outlook, and new Click-to-Run deployment features developed for IT professionals.

“We’re excited about this milestone in our development process and are looking forward to hearing your feedback,” wrote Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice-president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services team, in a blog post.

“We’ll continue to update the product with new features as they become available and will periodically highlight significant announcements here along the way.”

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