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Microsoft is releasing previews for Office 2016 and Skype for Business

Microsoft is releasing previews for Office 2016 and Skype for Business

Microsoft has announced Office 2016, with a launch scheduled for later this year. However, if you have an Office 365 business account, you can take Office action with an official version of Office 2016 Preview available.

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Specially launched to help IT professionals and developers, this initial release does not include all the features that the final Office 2016 suite will have.

Looks like improvements have been made to Outlook, such as faster searching, flexible email storage options, and multi-factor authentication. A Post on the Kirk Koenigsbauer blog details many other improvements currently available in the preview, but says more changes will follow over time.

Interestingly, the macros and add-ons have not been changed at all, which means that everything should work perfectly with any Office 2013 file. Data Loss Protection (DLP) has expanded beyond Exchange, Outlook, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business to now include Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Office 2016 Preview for Business news comes about a week after launch Office 2016 preview for Mac OSX . This is no coincidence, as both packages have similar colorful and minimalist designs.

Can sign up for Office 2016 Preview on Microsoft Connect.

Microsoft launches Skype for Business

Along with Office 2016, Microsoft also announced that it is launching a trial version of Skype for Business.

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Designed to replace your Lync business communication tool, Skype for Business presents a more familiar user environment. This is basically Skype, except that it is designed for business and has integration with Office applications.

Skype for Business is currently available through from the Microsoft Assessment Center .