A month after Microsoft opened up Office 2016 to general preview, the company claims more than one million customers have signed up to test it — and adds that it has kept pace with updates and upgrades.
Some of the most interesting features focus on document collaboration, including:
- Real Time Presence: This allows team members see who is editing which part of a document. This will be turned on soon for OneDrive for Business users and reportedly available for a wider group of users soon, although Microsoft didn’t say when.
- Simplified file sharing: With Office 2016, you will be able to share files from the document interface by simply clicking a tab in the ribbon.
- Insights for Office: This is already available in Word and Outlook. Powered by Bing, Insights brings users contextual information from the web right into the reading experience.
Office 2016 will also come with version improvements, along with the ability to search for versions of documents across SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.
Nintex has just been named the top 2015 Microsoft Office and SharePoint Application Development Partner of the Year Award. The award recognizes a partner that has “developed and published an application to the Office/SharePoint Store that helps drive customer adoption of Office technologies,” Microsoft explained.
At the Microsoft Ignite Conference last month, Nintex and Sharegate announced a partnership to simplify moving Nintex processes to Office 365.
The award seems to suggest that these kinds of migration scenarios are high priority for Microsoft as it pushes Office 365 deeper into the enterprise.
OpenText’s New Tempo
OpenText announced the availability of Tempo Box Premium Edition for SAP, a secured and governed solution to enable the sharing and syncing of documents and other content across platforms and devices.
The SAP element is no big surprise: OpenText and SAP have a long history together in the ECM space. With this release, OpenText claims it can offer organizations the flexibility and efficiencies of mobile and desktop access without exposing them to risk from content shared on consumer sites.
Kofax For Lexmark
Meanwhile, the Lexmark acquisition of Kofax has been recently finalized.
Effective immediately, Reynolds C. Bish, CEO of Kofax, will succeed retiring Scott Coons as president of Lexmark's Enterprise Software. Coons successfully negotiated the integration of Peceptive’s software into the Lexmark portfolio, one of Lexmark’s most important and strategic acquisitions.
LibreOffice Goes Mobile
Open source LibreOffice just landed on the Android platform.
Its first foray onto the Android platform is a native application for viewing ODF documents, as well as some basic editing capabilities, such as modifying words in existing paragraphs and changing font styles such as bold and italics.