Microsoft Office 2016 (discontinued)

Microsoft Office 2016 (discontinued)

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Microsoft Office 2016 (discontinued)


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What is Microsoft Office 2016 (discontinued)?

Microsoft Office 2016 is the familiar suite of Office products including applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for use on a single PC or Mac. The Office 2016 package is a one-time purchase. The applications are not automatically updated; to get the latest version, you must purchase Office again when the new version becomes available. The 2016 is no longer available for sale, and support is planned to end in 2020.

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Microsoft Office 2016 is the familiar suite of Office products including applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for use on a single PC or Mac. The Office 2016 package is a one-time purchase. The applications are not automatically updated; to get the latest version, you must purchase Office again when the new version becomes available. The 2016 is no longer available for sale, and support is planned to end in 2020.

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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Word and Excel on a daily basis and currently manage an access database that houses some of our client data. Office 2016, despite being discontinued is still a viable option for those who don't want to switch to office 365 and their monthly or yearly billing.
  • Local install without any monthly fees.
  • Industry standard file format.
  • Microsoft is still providing software updates, at the time of this review.
  • You have to purchase a license per computer, not per user.
  • It is lacking some of the functions found in the newer version Office 2019.
  • Reduced cloud functionality compared to Office 360.
Despite being discontinued, Office 2016 is still a viable option for those who want Microsoft Office, but don't want to pay monthly or yearly for a subscription to Office 365. We have both Office 2016 and 2019 and have found very minimal differences between the two.
Michael Kim | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft Office 2016 is being used across the whole organization. Within Legal, we use Microsoft Word to draft and negotiate agreements and other legal documents. Microsoft Office addresses many business problems, such as standardization of review internally, ease of transferability, secured tracking of changes, collaboration, presentations, tracking, reporting, etc. Many departments are using Microsoft Excel to track agreements, renewal dates, obligations, etc. Other departments also use Microsoft PowerPoint for internal or external business presentations.
  • The Microsoft suite is ubiquitous within any tech company and is used by a majority of our vendors. This makes negotiation on Microsoft Word smoother, and we don't need to worry about format issues between Open Office and Microsoft Office since our vendors are all on Microsoft Office.
  • Office 2016 does not crash as often as previous versions, and the autosave feature works very well. The new features and new look are great.
  • There should be auto-formatting so that when we paste from other documents, it formats outlines automatically. Sometimes, it's very difficult to format into a nice-looking document due to various spacing issues or hidden paragraphs.
  • There are frustrations when converting a PDF to Microsoft Word from Adobe Acrobat. A ton of spacing issues, incorrect text conversions, etc., which ends up in a lot of manual work. Microsoft Word should have a good conversion tool to turn PDFs into clean Word copies.
Office 2016 is well suited for companies and teams that frequently send documents, slide decks, and spreadsheets to each other and/or to their vendors. Some companies can make do with using the Google Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides), but it can get difficult to track the sharing of documents to maintain confidentiality with those. You can control the sharing/sending of documents through the Microsoft Office 2016 suite.
I haven't had to contact the support team directly, but there are a lot of support articles that you can find by doing a Google search. I've found them helpful enough to not have to contact their support team. The Office Suite is fairly intuitive unless you want to get into complicated Excel spreadsheet manipulation.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft Office 2016 Standard has been the main office solution in our company for 5 years now. We used to use Microsoft Office 2010 and we made the migration to Microsoft Office 2016 Standard along with the Exchange Server 2016. We have also an on-premise installation of Skype for Business 2015. We used to have the x86 version installed, but a few months ago we migrated to the x64 version. We had to wait for SAP to support x64 version of Office 2016, before we could switch over to x64. We have also tried Office 2019, but the fact that Office 2019 does not support updates over WSUS made us stick with Office 2016 and no longer consider switching over to Office 2019. We have really checked all scenarios that we have and Office 2016 more than covers all our needs. If the Office 2016 support was extended past 2025, we would really see no reason to ever make an upgrade!
  • Email communication with Outlook 2017 is exceptional!
  • Spreadsheets really work great, especially in the x64 version, which supports really big spreadsheets.
  • Word 2016 also offers basic PDF editing support, which really a great feature!
  • Word 2016 better and more extensive PDF editing support would be great.
  • Excel better graphs would be welcome!
  • It would be great if PowerPoint 2016 would have more effects embedded.
  • Excel could have better watermark functionality.
Office 2016 is really the best available office suite solution available when it comes to the Windows ecosystem. So all Windows users should be more than covered by it in almost any conceivable scenario. There is really no scenario where Office 2016 would not be the appropriate solution, unless of course one is looking for a free solution! But again, you get what you pay for!
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Before recently upgrading to Office 365, I used Office 2016 mostly for email, word processing, and spreadsheet management. Across the organization, it was used for the same, and any additional services needed (PowerPoint, etc.). I create several Excel spreadsheets each week to track and manage data I receive from our customers via their software portals.
  • User-friendly, easy to navigate
  • Consistent with prior versions for easy transition
  • There are some Outlook sorting features missing [in Microsoft Office] 2016 that I had missed from prior versions.
I have always found Microsoft Office 2016 to be well suited for all of my professional and personal needs. It is very user-friendly and has maintained a consistent menu and display format from prior versions, making it easy to transition into newer, more updated versions when they become available.
November 25, 2021

The industry standard

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Microsoft Office for writing all official documents (Word), for forecasting (Excel), and for presentations (PowerPoint). MS Office does not require much training. As it is an industry-standard, employees are able to use it without the company spending additional resources on training.
  • It is perfect for writing official documents.
  • It is great for forecasting and calculations with a set of data.
  • It has good presentation tools.
  • 2016 is not cloud-based.
  • You can not collaborate at the same time.
Microsoft Office 2016 is perfect for writing official documents, creating presentations, and calculations on data sets. MS Office 2016 is less appropriate to work at the same time as it is not cloud-based.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We upgraded from [Microsoft] Office2013 to Office2016 as part of our natural software upgrade process. [Microsoft] Office2016 is a better product, has some new features, and a better, more polished look overall. We use it for our corporate email, spreadsheets, text documents, creating presentations, etc. Office2016 suite contains all the different software programs we require for our business.
  • Outlook is the de-facto accepted corporate email program, for a reason.
  • Excel is a mature, robust application that has seen years of improvement.
  • Office2016 has implemented newer cloud collaboration features.
  • Sometimes updates cause issues with the program that have to be rolled back.
  • Certain high-res monitors can cause image rendering issues in Outlook.
  • Some functions are not user-friendly or easily understood, such as archiving, so that can be improved.
I'd recommend [Microsoft] Office2016 for any business that has more than a couple of users, as the software is very scalable from just a small business to a large enterprise corporation. I don't know of any case where it might not be appropriate, as even home users and students use the software suite as well.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
OneNote 2016 is part of the 2016 "suite" & the part that I use the most. Invoices & bank statements that I formerly retained as papers in a file cabinet are now all in the MS cloud. The Lens App for my Android phone is a scanner that automatically sends images to OneNote.
  • Integration with Lens for Android is very helpful
  • Multiple years of payments sent, sales made, bank statements...all in one application
  • Search functions work well when I need to trace breadcrumbs to find prior activities
  • When I move a document to one of the "notebooks" I wish the focus could automatically follow where I moved it because nearly always I need to annotate the document after moving it.
  • The Lens scanning app wants to automatically name the image with a date format that is wacky, so I wish I could change the default date format. Having the automatic date insertion is actually a good feature for me but it's in a format that's backwards to how USA users write the date. I have to overwrite this every time.
  • Anytime that I use OneNote as a "printer", my document is named by OneNote as "Printout". That's understandable but I have to overwrite that every time. No title would be better so I don't have to delete or backspace before adding my own. Better yet would be if the focus would follow the document that I've just printed so I have a blinking cursor all ready for me to affix the proper descriptive name. As it is, I always have to "go there" to find the freshly printed document.
  • The Lens phone app also does an auto-naming function that's lame & increases my busy-work. It injects the time of day alongside the backwards date format & every image is named "Office Lens". Maybe that's for branding or marketing but I already know which app I'm using & I have to delete & over-write every time to get the name I really want for each file.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We utilize Office for 90+% of our productivity needs when it comes to software. We use it company wide for documentation, number analytics and presentations. I specifically use it every single day, and most employees do as well.
  • Scalability
  • Collaboration
  • Ease of use
  • Ability to do more from admin center without using powershell
  • Suggested alternative formulas in Excel
  • Ability to filter a table without impacting surrounding cells
This software is helpful for organizations of all sizes and technical capabilities. It is scalable on the cloud, and encourages collaboration with teams.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The whole company uses it every day, it is one of our main work tools. We use almost the entire complete office suite, some users only use the basics, but we have other more advanced ones that exploit it to the fullest. It is likely that without this tool our daily work would not be as efficient as it is today.
  • Email works particularly well. It is possible to organize your inbox quite neatly.
  • Spreadsheets, already a classic of this tool
  • The text editor although there are still things that can be improved, it is good enough
  • Sometimes the text editor does not behave as one would wish and the document is cluttered
  • should include a PDF viewer and editor
  • nothing else
It is quite suitable for daily work in almost any job. Although now there are more advanced tools, found online in the cloud, it is still a good option for daily work. I highly recommend it as it has always been a reliable tool. The problem would be the support since it is a tool that is discontinued.
Andrew Shannon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Office 2016 mainly for Outlook 2016, Excel, and Word 2016. We have an in-house exchange server and the best email client for connecting to an exchange server is Outlook 2016, it has the calendar features and schedule that makes life a lot easier. Also our ERP system exports to Excel quickly and easily, and its the easiest platform for my users to clean out a report for sharing with our clients, it's easy enough that I can teach any user how to use it in under an hour.
  • Connects to an Exchange 2016 server seamlessly.
  • Opens exported reports in either Excel format or CSV format.
  • Gives users access to PowerPoint for making presentations easily.
  • Office 2016 professional edition can be priced for a single user license, it would be nice to see a drop in the pricing.
  • Office 2016 home edition is a better price but does not include outlook 2016, so it is not a good fit for the workplace environments.
  • Office 2016 can run slowly on older systems, so you need to make sure you have a machine that is 4 years old or less for it to run smoothly.
Office 2016 is best suited for a business environment where users have either an exchange server or connect to a cloud email service and need to work on excel reports or word documents with others.

Office 2016 is not as well suited for home users where there are several free options available like Google Sheets and Google Docs that can do a lot of the same functionality as office 2016 and the cost is free.
Microsoft Office has a very good online support presence from its user base and they also have lots of support options available from Microsoft to help you solve any issues you are having. They also publish updates and bug fixes to their product almost weekly, so there are always changes and improvements happening.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft Office 2016 is used by clerical and administrative positions throughout this company. It helps facilitate business communications within our company and with our customers. It's a crucial piece of software that offers many benefits and options to do many tasks. The main products used in the suite are Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Great layout
  • User friendly
  • Backwards compatible with older versions
  • Better training
  • Instructions on how to use certain tools
  • Some programs are more resource intensive, like PowerPoint
The most well suited applications for our users regarding Microsoft Office 2016 is for more clerical and administrative work. Examples being documentations, reporting, and general office usage. There are several forms that companies and vendors use that require Microsoft Office applications.

Our more hands-on employees don't use these applications for their required duties for their job.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Office 2016 is being used both at the organization level and also the departmental level. It is mainly used by those that cannot/choose not to run a subscription Office product (such as Office 365). This is also used in cases where there are shared computers (such as a kiosk), where the subscription-based Office will not work. It addresses the business problem of having an Office application suite that would be best for the situations mentioned above.
  • One thing is does well is it offers live/real-time collaboration. This is especially helpful when there are multiple users working on documents, etc. and changes can be made in real-time, without having to close files.
  • Another benefit with Office 2016 is it's integrated with the cloud. This makes it beneficial to users, in that they can store and share files from the cloud (with applications such as OneDrive, Sharepoint, etc.), and can work with these files even in offline mode
  • One area for improvement is in the upfront expense of licensing. Since the licensing is a one-time purchase (and is not subscription-based), the cost of a license is pretty expensive. The cost of licensing should be cheaper, especially given the fact that this Office 2016 may be used by those that don't need the full functionality of a subscription-based product such as Office 365.
  • The support options are lacking, as compared to a subscription-based product such as Office 365. Support is only available when installing Office 2016. Given the expensive upfront cost of licensing, support should be extended somewhat past the install stage
Microsoft Office 2016 is well suited for companies/organizations that want the Office products, and either don't have a need to have a subscription-based product or don't want to pay the ongoing costs for a license subscription. It is less suited for organizations that want an Office product that will get the latest software updates/patches/feature upgrades, as Office 2016 is not geared for that. It is a one-time purchase, and for users to upgrade to the next version, they would have to buy a license for that.
The support options for Office 2016 are very good, being that it is a Microsoft product, so the usual support options (web, email, phone, Knowledgebase, etc.) are available to users. What is not good though, from a support standpoint, is the fact that support for Office 2016 is only good for the initial install. After that, support options directly from Microsoft would come at a cost.
Jacob Wall | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our entire office uses the Microsoft Office 2016 suite on a daily basis as follows:
  • Outlook for all internal and a considerable amount of external communication
  • Word to create internal & external documentation
  • Excel to view, edit and manipulate data files, as well as other administrative tasks
  • Access to edit and manipulate data and prepare large amounts of data for import into our software
The four departments in our company use various applications from Microsoft Office 2016 daily for a variety of tasks.
  • Provide industry-standard software to create & edit the most common file types
  • Create visually appealing newsletters & documents
  • Maintain consistency across different tasks & projects
  • Create documents that are universally usable by nearly all computer users
  • It's sometimes too "idiot-proof". It tries to do everything for you, even if you don't want it done; e.g. Excel has an issue where it likes to trim leading zeros, which is seldom convenient.
  • Some new features are available only in the online version (Office 365); e.g. some productivity plugins for Outlook.
  • Locks files for use; kind of like point #1. Often, it would be nice to keep a file open while using it in another application, especially when the other application is only reading and not editing.
Microsoft Office 2016 is very well suited for an office where most work is done on desktop computers, and collaboration is done over shared drives or Sharepoint. If offers a full suite of office products that set the industry standard not only for the applications but also for file types, meaning you can count on anyone being able to open and use the files you use.

The suite would be less appropriate where more online collaboration is needed, with real-time collaborative editing of documents. An online office suite would likely be more suitable in that case. (I suspect people in their 20s may be more comfortable with this approach in any case.)
Support from Microsoft is virtually non-existent. So, my rating would be lower, but really they can get away with it. There are so many online blogs, forums, articles, etc. that give tips on how to do stuff in Office, that few questions go unanswered; in fact, more answers are likely available than for products that have a full support offering.
Jesse White | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Microsoft Office for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and emails. I have always been a Microsoft user and prefer Office products to Google Suite, mainly because I like having documents right on my computer instead of only existing in the cloud. Everyone in our company uses Office, and we try to use Office with as many of our clients as possible.
  • Word processing.
  • Spreadsheets.
  • Email management.
  • Pricing.
The areas where Microsoft Office shines, at least within our organization, are word processing and spreadsheets. We use Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel on a regular basis for virtually all office tasks. Microsoft Word, in particular, is hands-down the best word processing software around, and we would never use anything else.
One area where Microsoft Office really needs to step up its innovation is with email management. We used Outlook for a long time, but have recently moved over to Canary Mail. The main problem is that we manage over a dozen email accounts for clients, and there is no way of looking at a unified inbox with some sort of color-coding or another unique identifier to easily see incoming mail. Like many creative-oriented companies, we use Macs exclusively, which means we are definitely missing out on substantial features that are only available on the PC version.
We only needed to use support for Microsoft Office 2016 once, and it was for a minor technical problem that was ultimately determined to be user error, but the support was great, both in the online resources and the one-on-one experience we had with a specialist.
Naveen Gabrani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Microsoft Office within some of the teams to make/read documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
Many of our clients share Office documents to share project requirements. We use Office to read these documents. We also use Office to create status documents, quotes and other business specific documents. We also share documents prepared using Office within the company.
  • Microsoft Word's formatting of documents is very powerful.
  • No other product comes close to the feature set of Office. Very comprehensive.
  • Office is a heavy software. At times it can be slow to load, especially if the machine is not very high-end, or if many applications are running.
Microsoft Office is the industry leader in document editing software. All the products are very powerful, and industry standard. The feature set of the products is very vast. Microsoft PowerPoint is well suited to make client presentations. Excel's formula editor is very powerful. The most popular office tool is Microsoft Word. It is suitable for making different type of documents across industries across different business sizes. Many other tools are able to read documents generated by Microsoft Office.

It is less suited for very simple documents. Cheaper/free alternatives are available, if your requirements are for very basic document development.
The Office is very intuitive to use. It is a stable product. The large user base ensures that it gets extensively tested. The online help of Microsoft Office is also very helpful.
In addition to the above a huge number of blogs and videos are available that explain different features of the product.
January 18, 2020

MS Office 2016 Review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft Office 2016 is being used for reporting, analysis, and tracking purposes. As well as this, we are using Office for presentations and documenting processes.
  • Presentations - PowerPoint
  • Reporting - Excel
  • Visio - better BPMN 2 capabilities
  • Allow more IF functions within Excel
Microsoft Office 2016 has some excellent points. The reporting and analysis capabilities, along with the ability to present the finding using PowerPoint are the areas best suited to my role.
We have always had good support from Microsoft of there are any issues. There are also many forums available, which allow you to troubleshoot if required.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Microsoft Office 2016 to create training materials across the organization. MS Office is versatile and allows us to collaborate and share content with employees across our global offices.
  • Creating training material (guides, decks, etc)
  • Data analysis
  • Compatibility across devices and platforms (PC to Mac to Mobile)
  • Creating and supporting macros
Microsoft Office 2016 is incredibly versatile and will work in any organization. While there are countless different software packages out there, there is a reason Microsoft Office is a staple software in businesses across the globe.
I haven't had the need to reach out for support on Office so I don't feel I'm qualified to give the overall support for Office a rating. I'm usually able to find answers to questions about Microsoft's software online and rarely is Microsoft's actual documentation as helpful as community forums. However, I haven't worked directly with Microsoft's support team and so don't feel qualified to rate the level of overall support for Microsoft itself.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft Office 2016 is used by all the users with the company. The majority of users have been using this for a long period of time and have found Office 2016 a great tool and a great way of working with office tools. Office allows users to use Powerpoint, Excel and a wide range of Microsoft applications.
  • The range of products that are provided!
  • The products are easy to use!
  • The products provided work well together.
  • Installation can be annoying sometimes.
  • Some applications take an extremely long time to update.
  • Skype for business shouldn't be used anymore.
Microsoft Office 2016 has always allowed us to use Microsoft applications, and it can be used by everyone within the organization. It has provided us with all of the Microsoft applications and all users on Apple or Windows have been able to use it without any issues. The implementation of Microsoft Teams has allowed us to be able to use and incorporate a wider range of Microsoft products.
The support from Microsoft has been amazing and we have been able to work with Microsoft to be able to solve a range of different issues that have risen. We have solved many issues with help from Microsoft and they have been able to help us on a range of different occasions.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft Office 2016 is being used across our organization. We use Microsoft Word 2016 to draft documents and Microsoft Excel 2016 for simple spreadsheets containing tabular data, as well as for more complex VBA code, pivot tables, and data analysis. We also use Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 to prepare presentations and Microsoft Outlook 2016 as our primary email client. Since Microsoft Office 2016 is a suite of applications, it helps to support a variety of business-critical functions.
  • Clean and simple interface shared across applications.
  • Application is locally installed but able to integrate well with cloud storage.
  • Microsoft Excel 2016 can struggle when parsing lots of data and with lookups and custom sorts applied.
  • Subscription/License levels means not all applications in suite are available to all.
Microsoft Office 2016 is well suited for a general office environment. It runs on Microsoft Windows and macOS operating systems, but it not available on Linux. It is lightweight and has a very friendly user interface. Sometimes the help sections can get unnecessarily intrusive. Lots of online templates can make work easier to get done. Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 allows free form slides.
We have only used the internal help sections and on occasions done web searches for common issues. We have not engaged Microsoft support (and not had a need to). Because of the wide user base on the web and multiple forums, it is easy to find the solutions to common and obscure problems.
Stéfano Bellote | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The whole suite of Microsoft Office 2016 is available for use all across the company I work for, we have access to the main apps (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and OneNote) and all is integrated through the OneDrive cloud and Sharepoint connectivity, making it possible to instantly share files and cooperate with other users simultaneously on folders and also on the same file. This addresses many of the needs we have regarding documentation, data sheets, presentation, and taking notes and sharing information all through the organization.
  • Friendly and intuitive interface, easy to use, the help function is also useful to find out what to do or how to do something when encountering a problem.
  • Lots of tools available for nearly every need you have creating documents, whether formatting text, images or graphics, creating tables, plotting graphs, etc.
  • Having so many tools can sometimes be overwhelming, maybe if MS could still offer them -- of course they are useful -- but make them hidden in an expandable drawer of tools for example. Maybe having the most-used tools visible and the rest hidden like that.
  • Formatting with Word can sometimes be confusing, while formatting the text and space between lines, paragraphs and other things, the instructions to find and getting the format you want could be clearer.
The whole suite of Microsoft Office 2016 is definitely a great all-around solution for your business, offering a wide range of tools for nearly every need you could encounter, from creating text documents, publications, data analysis, plotting graphs, making presentations, sharing files all through the organization, communicating with your colleagues and people outside the company, and even managing tasks and projects. Whatever you have to do, name it, MS Office can help you with that, and even though the cost is high it has continually improved itself in newer versions, incorporating functions that users expressed a need for. All of this puts Microsoft Office top-of-mind when thinking of office apps to recommend.
I cannot rate Microsoft Office 2016 Suite support properly since I never directly use it, as I also never needed. This is information enough, also, as using it for some time now I never experienced big problems. It addresses the quality of the products as I got through a few crashes, the majority being in Excel dealing with lots of data sheets and processing them through Macros, which is known to put the computer and software to test, so no big worries there.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Like any other big organisation Microsoft Office 2016 is a suite of core applications that are used from managing email in Outlook to writing documents in MS Word, creating complex worksheets in MS Excel to presenting your work in visual style using Power Point. Using MS Access to data management and automation is also extremely valuable among data analysts. For a company like us there's no alternative to MS Office in the market.
  • Microsoft Word is the best available software to write from simple to complex documents.
  • Microsoft Excel is best available software to create complex calculations worksheets, data visualisation and dashboards.
  • There are still some compatibility issue between MS Windows and MS Office 2016 especially, 64bit version. Quite a few errors occur when power users push the productivity a little by using MS Office scripting language (VBA) and Macros . Also, the data connectivity between MS Access and Excel is quite unreliable. Work needs to be done to make the connectivity between different components of MS Office 2016 seamless.
  • MS Excel is severely lacking behind in the current age of data science. Its static charts with very limited interactivity is seriously lagging behind in data visualisation features when competing with products like Tableau, Spotfire, etc.
Currently, there are no alternatives that offer the same or even half of the level of productivity that MS Office 2016 does. It is by far the most used software for work-related tasks. There are some open source products that try to match MS Office but they have yet to gain any space in the corporate workplace.

MS Office is being used in the corporate world since 1995. It has almost 25 years of user base that have grown with time. It's an ideal product to manage modern-day work tasks such as email and appointment management, creating documents, managing data both in worksheet (MS Excel) and database (MS Access) environments. Its integration with cloud (One Drive) is also proving to be a big selling point for its users.

Although MS Office 2016 is an excellent product, it does lack significantly when it comes to syncing your work between a PC and a mobile device. Same issue comes when a worksheet or a document needs to be worked by multiple users at the same time. For such tasks some cloud services offer better alternatives.

Data visualisation using MS Excel is also very outdated when comparing with software which specialise in data science and visualisation.
Most of MS Office support is provided by our local IT so I don't have any direct experience with MS Office 2016 support
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft Office 2016 is being used across the whole organization to support document development with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. A live, collaborative platform is usually preferred but when it cannot be used like in the instance of external teams these tools are sufficient. It addresses the issue of sharing documents in a consistent way for external teams. It allows for document creation, robust formatting, and sharing.
  • Document creation.
  • Formatting (Word).
  • Formatting (when exported from Google Docs).
  • Formatting (when fonts are not available in Word).
Microsoft Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) is well suited for creating documents. With Word, it is well suited to create professional-looking documents and proposals. Excel is great to create robust equations. Microsoft Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) is less appropriate when creating documents that you want to collaborate on. In this instance, a user would have to save, share and then resave any additional changes made. Version control is challenging, time-consuming and inefficient.

Robbie Speers | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It's used by almost all users across our organization. It addresses the business problems such as various bugs with Office 2013 (or Office 2011 for Mac). Specifically with Outlook, I've noticed an improvement in performance. We utilize an Exchange Server with 2FA turned on, and Office 2016 works best with this. So we needed to get every updated to this version. For Macs, it solves a problem with Outlook 2011 not being user-friendly and users had to use Mac Mail or our web client. Now they can use Outlook 2016 and see shared mailboxes (something not available in Mac Mail).
  • Improved Outlook for PC and Mac.
  • Faster.
  • Have experienced bugs with saving to OneDrive that were a pain to work around.
  • Sometimes Outlook just freezes up for no reason when clicking between emails.
While not perfect, it's ideal for a big business. If you have a lot of users you can get a business/educational license and possibly get discounts. It works best for an Exchange server with 2FA turned on. If you plan to utilize OneDrive on Mac for Office 2016 there are still some bugs to be worked out but there are ways around them.
Still some bugs to work out but overall an improvement over previous versions.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft Office is being heavily used by accounting and payroll/hr. It is also used across the whole organization for basic Excel and Word capabilities. And our entire organization uses Outlook as our email program. We have facilities all over the world, and these programs make it easy to communicate with each other.
  • Outlook is a great email program -- easy to use and find emails that are in history.
  • Excel is needed by payroll and accounting for numerous downloads, uploads and interfaces to our HCM software.
  • Word is a great basic word processing tool -- easy to use and share.
  • Some formulas in Excel are difficult to use.
  • Help in Excel is not always clear and concise.
We use excel to download and upload information into our HCM system. It is well suited for this, as it saves lots of data entry and excess work. We have numerous occasions where teammates in a location will have an earning or deduction that needs to be entered into our payroll system for taxability, and uploading an excel spreadsheet is an efficient way to do this.
Some help features are not clear and concise. That does not help you solve a problem with a formula or other issues.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft Office is used individually and across the whole organization. It is the software we use to create PowerPoint presentations to do in-house teachings as well as teaching to the public in both a free and fee-based seminars. It is easy to use, share and modify between employees and takes little training to teach the basics. The spreadsheet and document modules allow our employees to create and share integral tools and pieces of communication used within our company.
  • Microsoft Office easily allows us to create new presentations using a variety of modalities, including spreadsheets, video links, and drawings.
  • Microsoft Office has products everyone is already familiar with through their prior schooling which makes training time minimal to non-existent.
  • Microsoft Office has tutorials that are easy to use, to learn beyond the basics and increase usability.
  • Microsoft Office could improve their import functions, when bringing in a file that was created on a different platform.
  • It would be nice to see an 'add to dictionary' function when a word not in it's dictionary comes up repeated times when creating a new work.
Microsoft Office is well suited when there are Word documents that need to be created and modified regularly as well as PowerPoint presentations and spreadsheets, especially when there is a desire to integrate these among each other. It also has good functionality in doing mail merges for documents and labels, a nice option when you need a 'form letter' or looking to mail to a large group.
Microsoft Office makes it easy to get help within the program. Most challenges can be answered through the help tab that each program provides and when that doesn't answer it, there is an automatic link to the internet. Microsoft Office being the mainstay for most elementary and high school systems, the availability of tutorials outside of Microsoft Office are also numerous, exponentiating the resource vault.
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