There’s a lot of new stuff that’s out about the Office 2016 Preview, which is aimed at IT professionals and developers. Apparently you’ll need an active Office 365 subscription to get this. A largely consumer oriented preview is set to be released sometime later in the year. What’s obvious is that the company wants people moving into Office 365 subscriptions, which is why they’re giving out freebies like this one. If you remember there was also the Outlook for Mac update which came out in 2014.
The installation is a bit unresponsive, and you sign into the beta using the new Connect website Microsoft has set up. This should all work just fine, but people have had issues, and many contact Microsoft support when they do. And for some reason the preview won’t work alongside Office 2013; in fact the former seems an intended replacement. We tried installing and it failed, leaving behind a less than whole installation of Office 2013, unusable in many ways. Then we removed both and installed Microsoft Office 2016, which did the trick.
The one change that’s obvious after you start the app is that there’s a lot more splash and color. You can still get the old white color scheme, and there’s a darker theme for users who don’t really handle bright very well. Each app has a different default color in the title bar and ribbon area, setting the different apps apart where appearance is concerned. Outlook is the only one that still uses the blur them, but this is hard to tire of.
Outlook has the attachment browse dialog replaced with a new “add attachment” button which lets you get to your files with one less step, and this can also be used to open documents which were accessed recently. Another additional benefit in this version is that you can set a lower cap to the emails it can sync. In this version you can have email messages synced every 1, 3, 7, or 14 days. Outlook 2013 did the operation only monthly.
Mobile users get another goodie out of this version – the orientation of photographs will remain the same as before they were opened or attached. So you don’t need to worry about phone snaps showing up sideways after you paste these into a word document. You don’t need to contact Microsoft Support to fix that problem anymore, because it has left the scene.