Microsoft has launched Office 2016 for PC and Mac in SA.
Office 2016 introduces a number of new features across the various apps included in the suite.
Among them is the ability for more than one person to work on the same Word document at the same time using the desktop application.
Concurrent editing has been available on Microsoft OneNote and within the online versions of the applications, with Microsoft bringing this functionality to its core Office applications.
PowerPoint will receive multi-user editing support within the rich client, and Excel will get the feature thereafter.
The new version of the suite is available in both stand-alone versions for home and business use, and on a subscription basis through Microsoft’s Office 365 service.
Pricing on Office remains unchanged since Microsoft increased its Office 365 subscription fees in May 2014.
The tables below summarise how the various editions compare on pricing and features.
|Microsoft Office 2016 stand-alone editions||Price||Installations||Features|
|Office Home and Student||R1,349.99||1 PC or Mac||Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote|
|Office Home and Business 2016||R2,999.99||1 PC or Mac||Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook|
|Office Professional||R4,899||1 PC||Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access|
The table below summarises how the various versions of Office 365 compare.
All Office 365 subscriptions have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
Subscribers also get 1TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 Skype minutes for each user supported by the subscription.
|Office 365 subscriptions||Annual fee||Monthly fee||Installations||Users|
|Office 365 Home||R949.99||R94.99||5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, 5 phones||5|
|Office 365 Personal||R749.99||R74.99||1 PC or Mac, 1 tablet, 1 phone||1|
|Office 365 University||R749.99 for 4 years||–||2 PCs, Macs, or tablets, 2 phones||1|
|Office 365 Business Essentials||R68.80/user/month||Annual commitment||1 per user||Per-user|
|Office 365 Business||R113.40/user/month||Annual commitment||5 tablets and 5 phones per user||Per-user|
|Office 365 Business Premium||R171.90/user/month||Annual commitment||5 tablets and 5 phones per user||Per-user|