Microsoft’s Office 2016 Will Arrive on September 22
Microsoft has announced today that on September 22nd, the company will begin rolling out Office 2016, the latest iteration of the company’s productivity suite of applications. If you are part of the company’s volume licensing program, you will be able to download Office starting on October 1st.
Microsoft first announced Office 2016 back in March and the company has been collecting feedback since then to help improve the suite of applications. This has been a trend at Microsoft of late as they have been rapidly expanding their feedback channels, most notably the Windows Insider program, to let the community help define and shape its software.
Office 2016 comes with several new features targeted at IT admins including support for Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to help control network traffic when deploying updates and new reports on Office activation and usage available in the Office 365 admin portal. In addition, there is new support for data loss prevention and strong security with multi-factor authentication.
Say Goodbye to Traditional PC Lifecycle Management
Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.
If you are wanting to learn more about the new suite, in November, Microsoft will be kicking off a IT and developer focused event series called the Microsoft Cloud Roadshow. These events will provide free, two-day technical training in 12 cities around to world to help bring you up to speed on Office, Azure and Windows.
If you want to learn more, you can check out the announcement post for Office 2016 here.