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Microsoft Releases Public Preview of Office 365, Features, Specs, Download Links

Office 2016 PreviewApart from the Windows 10, the Microsoft Office 2016 Preview has been offred for download for both subscibers of Office 365 and non-subscribers in both home and enterprise versions.

Microsoft said the Microsoft Office 2016 provides real-time editing and co-authoring of documents in its new release and is likely to add it to its apps for the first time. The feature will be enabled first in Word to be followed for PowerPoint and Excel formats later. The co-authoring feature will be made available in both the Android and iOS or Apple handsets soon, said the Redmond-based company.

The public preview offered for the Office 2016 can be used with Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10 versions but before that the user should uninstall the Office 2013 as compatibility is not assured by the company. The public Preview of Office 2016 will be frequently updated until the final version is released in October 2015.

In March, the beta version of the public preview was provided to IT professionals and developers and efforts are to include many new features though the developers have said in their forum that the there is no drastic difference in the newly released version for them .

Another significant feature that Microsoft planning is to enhance it with the Cloud Connectivity features besides navigation help features such as Tell Me, integration with Power BI for enterprise BI tool and other lockdown/rights management features.

“We’re looking for Office enthusiasts like you to share your feedback on the new features and experiences we’re developing. If you get excited about trying new software and don’t mind a bump in the road here and there, download the Office 2016 Preview today,” offered the company in its website blog post.

Here’s how to Download Office 365 Public Preview:

Office 2016 Preview for home

Office 365 subscribers

  • Go to the Office My Account page.
  • Click Language and install options.
  • Click Additional install options.
  • Open the Version drop-down menu and select the 32-bit or 64-bit Office 2016 Preview.
This will install the Office 2016 Preview on your device. You will stay on the Office 2016 Preview track until you uninstall the Office 2016 Preview or until Office 2016 is released.

All other Office users

If you don’t have an Office 365 subscription, you can download a trial version of Office 2016 Preview from the list of choices below.
Use the product key provided below to activate your trial.
Product key for the Office 2016 Preview
Once the trial period expires, you will have the option to purchase an Office 365 subscription or reinstall your current version using your original product key, learn more.

Get the Office 2016 Preview for enterprise

Office 365 subscribers

Office 365 administrators with an Office 365 ProPlus subscription can now enable the Office 2016 Preview for their organization by turning on First Release.Learn how to turn on First Release.
Once First Release is turned on, users can install the Office 2016 Preview.
Enabled Office 365 ProPlus users

  • Sign in to the My Software page.
  • Go to Try the next version of Office.
  • Click Install.

This will install the Office 2016 Preview on your device.

If you are not ready to join First Release, You can still get the Office 2016 Preview.  Click Here.

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