MS Office 2016 - new features below expectations but still a wonderful product
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 30, 2019

MS Office 2016 - new features below expectations but still a wonderful product

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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Office 2016

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.
  • Our organisation is using MS Office 2016 enterprise wide and has been using earlier versions of MS Office for the last 20+ years. For us it's the part of our core business.
  • Our organisation spends a huge amount of resources in training and supporting MS Office 2016 users. Switching to any other product would not be possible in a short timeframe.
MS Office 2016 offers far more features than its alternatives. The ability to write complex scripts using VBA in MS Excel and MS Access can increase work productivity manyfold. Other MS Office 2016 like products don't offer such features.

MS Office 2016 offers cloud storage in the form of One Drive making it easier to share your work across multiple organisations. If you opt for other MS Office-like products and want to store your documents in the cloud, you'll have to piece together your own system.
Most of MS Office support is provided by our local IT so I don't have any direct experience with MS Office 2016 support

Do you think Microsoft Office 2016 delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Microsoft Office 2016's feature set?

Yes

Did Microsoft Office 2016 live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Microsoft Office 2016 go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Microsoft Office 2016 again?

Yes

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.