Microsoft’s week: Office 2016 released, Windows 10 updates

Another relatively quiet week for Microsoft was dominated by the official release of Office 2016 for Windows, the latest version of its widely adopted suite of business productivity applications.

The new Office has a greater emphasis on teamwork and collaboration, inlcuding real-time co-authoring of documents in Word, and is the first release of the platform since the launch of Windows 10.

For first impressions of Office 2016, see the V3 Labs blog.

Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to deliver preview builds of Windows 10 to its  community of testers, showcasing features that will soon be delivered in an update to the platform.

Microsoft launches Office 2016 for Windows PCs

Office 2016 Excel

Microsoft has officially released its Office 2016 application suite for Windows, bringing a greater emphasis on collaboration and cloud features, as well as greater cross-platform consistency with Office applications on other platforms.

Microsoft delivers Windows 10 Start menu, Tablet mode updates with Build 10547

Windows 10 is available now as a free upgrade

Microsoft has delivered more updates for Windows 10 to testers on its Windows Insider programme, showing changes to the Start menu and Tablet mode, and a host of tweaks and fixes to other parts of the platform.

Microsoft offers dedicated Invite meeting app for iPhone users

Microsoft Invite on iPhone

Microsoft has unveiled a new app dedicated to helping users organise meetings, which it has made available first for iPhone users, with Windows Phone and Android versions in the pipeline.

Skype blames ‘configuration change’ for huge service outage

Skype offers free video calling and instant messaging and is owned by MicrosoftMicrosoft’s Skype subsidiary has come clean on the cause of the major outage that knocked its service offline for 15 hours on Monday.

Gurdeep Pall, corporate vice president for Information Platform and Experience at Skype, said that a “larger-than-usual configuration change” caused the issue.

 

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25 September 2015 | 1:55 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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