Microsoft Will Release Office 16 In Second Half Of 2015

Posted: Oct 29 2014, 12:03pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 29 2014, 12:41pm CDT, in News | Microsoft Windows


Microsoft brings Tell Me helper to next version of Windows
Photo Credits: TheVerge
  • Clippy-like helper brought to desktops
  • Office Ribbon still present
  • New black theme

It’s similar in function to Clippy, providing a quick way to discover features and ask questions without digging into the vast help documentation found in Office.

The "Windows Technical Preview" is all set to be unveiled this month and Microsoft’s preparations are going in full swing. Looks like a lot has been going on for the tech giant and alongside focusing on the Technical Preview for this month, the company is also privately testing an "Office Technical Preview" for the next version of its popular Office suite. The Verge has got to know from a couple of reliable sources that copies of a future version of Office have been getting distributed to testers and partners recently and this version is all they need to have a closer look at the new features.

Testing is still in the early stages and it is already understood that the "Tell Me" helper found on the company’s Office Online apps is being added to the desktop versions. This Tell Me feature is going to be sitting at top of all the documents and will serve as a type of help and search tool. The function of this feature is quite similar to what Clippy is used for and basically provides a quick way to discover features and ask questions without digging into the vast help documentation found in Office.


Don’t expect any animated character like the Clippy, because this one is just a simple bulb icon to indicate its presence in documents. You can throw questions at it such as "how do I insert images?" and it will provide you with some additional features and help. This tool serves as a great deal for the Office users as they get a chance to discover the vast amount of features that are available across all the individual apps.

Good news is that the company’s Office Ribbon is still present and so far we haven’t heard of any major changes made to the UI. However, Microsoft has given a new look somehow with ‘black’ which serves as the main color for the new theme. From what we have heard, this black theme was a very popular request for the Office 2013, probably because it was present on Office 2010.


Source: Theverge

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