Microsoft is now allowing IT professionals and developers to access a preview version of Office 2016, the next major version of its productivity software. The company announced the preview as part of its 2015 Convergence conference in Atlanta.
Microsoft says that some of the new features in this preview version include Data Loss Protection for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, multi-factor authentication for Outlook, and more. One thing that Microsoft says they are not changing in this release is macros and add-ins. Microsoft says:
It's rare that "no changes" is a something we'd want to highlight, but we think it's worth celebrating the consistency in the programming model across releases. We understand how important this is and we're committed to a high level of compatibility as we continue to innovate.
Microsoft will update this preview version of Office 2016 on a monthly basis. It plans to launch a true consumer preview of Office 2016 sometime later this year.