Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview Announced

Office 365 team just announced the Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer preview. The news was announced Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services team via Office blogs.

Kirk wrote in his blog:

“I’m pleased to announce the IT Pro and Developer Preview of Office 2016 for the Windows desktop. We’ve been in private preview with Office 2016 for several months. Now we’re ready to expand the program to our commercial Office 365 customers, an important milestone that gives IT pros and developers an opportunity to start testing the upcoming release. To be clear, this early build doesn’t yet contain all the features we’re planning to ship in the final product. However, through the course of the preview, customers should expect to see new features delivered through monthly updates.”

“New Office version is Office 2016”

One of the improvements in this version is data loss protection (DLP) that will allow IT administrators to create, manage, and enforce policies for content authoring and document sharing.

New Outlook 2016 has several improvements includes multi-factor authentication, email delivery performance, and better search. To keep Outlook responsive on slow internet connections, now Outlook makes background network calls. RPC-based sync has replaced with MAPI-HTTP protocol.

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint also have improvements and enhancements.