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Office 2016 available to staff and students

Office 2016 will be the recommended version of Microsoft Office across campus from the start of the new academic year.

- Staff can choose to upgrade to Office 2016 on the Managed Windows Service. Go to Install University Applications, choose the 'Office' category, select 'Office 2016' and click Install. Before you upgrade, read our guidance at http://www.liverpool.ac.uk/csd/office

- Office 2016 is available on Apps Anywhere for all staff and students. Visit apps.liv.ac.uk to try it out now.

- Office 2016 is replacing Office 2013 in PC Teaching and Learning Centres across campus. It should be available in all centres by Friday 8th September.

- From mid-September, PCs purchased through the University PC Scheme will be provided with Office 2016 pre-installed.

- Office 2013 will continue to be supported for a transitional period. All staff will need to have upgraded to Office 2016 by summer 2018.

>> What's new in Office 2016?

Microsoft Office 2016 is a refinement of the previous version. There are some new features but many of the menus remain the same.

- The most notable change is to the look and feel, with the introduction of some new Office themes. To change your theme, open one of the Office products, go to File > Options and select your preferred Office theme from the dropdown list.

- Equations no longer use a separate editor - just choose Insert > Equation (see https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Write-insert-or-change-an-equation-1d01cabc-ceb1-458d-bc70-7f9737722702?ui=en-US&rs=en-GB&ad=GB

- There are some new charts in Excel

- Outlook shows a handy list of files you have recently worked on when adding an attachment to an email

- There is improved integration with SharePoint for collaborative working

- There are no new file formats with Office 2016. Files created in Office 2013 are compatible with Office 2016.

>> Support and Training

Computing Services will be providing a wide range of training and support for Office 2016.

Quick Start guides and short videos highlighting some of the changes and new features of Office 2016 are already available at http://www.liverpool.ac.uk/csd/office

You can also try it out on Apps Anywhere before you go ahead and upgrade your MWS PC - apps.liv.ac.uk

>> Office 2016 for home use: free for all staff and students

All staff and students are entitled to use the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite on personal computers and tablets for free.

You can download and install Office on up to 5 devices, whether that is a PC, Mac, tablet or phone. Your licence will last for as long as you are a member of the University.

For details, visit http://www.liverpool.ac.uk/csd/software/microsoft-software/office-at-home/

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