Anyone who has not already made the switch will be moved to Skype for Business at some point before the end of May.

The rebranded tool offers up a more richly featured version of Lync to business customers, comprising enterprise-grade security and compliance while giving control to IT, Microsoft claimed.

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As a result, Office 2016 updates will use Microsoft’s handy bit of software called Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), which lets machines download upgrades only when there’s some spare bandwidth available.

Redmond said this would ensure Office is a “good citizen” on users’ networks.

Updates at your pace One of the most significant features Office 2016 promises to deliver is a more flexible approach to updating.

While the cloud means updates can trickle in constantly, rather than being rolled out as large, infrequent releases at certain points throughout the year, Microsoft wants to make things easier for IT departments.

In a blog post, Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team, wrote: “When you and your team are working in Word 2016 and/or Office online, you’ll be able to see where other editors are working and what they are writing—all in real-time.” The co-authoring feature will brought to various Windows desktop applications, starting with Word, he said.

Cloud Supporting Microsoft’s cloud-first, mobile-first strategy, Office 2016 will also let users create, open, edit and save files in the cloud straight from their desktops.What’s more, it will take you less time to download messages and display new emails after waking your PC from hibernation, Microsoft claimed.Office 2016’s revamped Outlook should also prove to be more reliable than before, with Redmond developers building Exchange’s FAST-based search engine into it.Meanwhile, Bing-powered Insights finds contextual information from the web while you read a document.Data analysis Excel users can map their data faster with new data analysis tools like One-Click Forecasting, which creates predictions based on your inputted data.While the preview doesn’t encompass all the features the final product will have when it ships, Redmond told users to expect more functionality to be added month by month.