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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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 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.
- 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
Our more hands-on employees don't use these applications for their required duties for their job.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.)
- Word processing.
- Email management.
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.
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.
It is less suited for very simple documents. Cheaper/free alternatives are available, if your requirements are for very basic document development.
In addition to the above a huge number of blogs and videos are available that explain different features of the product.
- Presentations - PowerPoint
- Reporting - Excel
- Visio - better BPMN 2 capabilities
- Allow more IF functions within Excel
- Creating training material (guides, decks, etc)
- Data analysis
- Compatibility across devices and platforms (PC to Mac to Mobile)
- Creating and supporting macros
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Document creation.
- Formatting (Word).
- Formatting (when exported from Google Docs).
- Formatting (when fonts are not available in Word).
- Improved Outlook for PC and Mac.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.