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MS Office 2016 - News

Current information about the HRZ's experiences with the new Office version (especially with our groupware functions of the Communigate Pro mail system)

Current information about MS Office 2016 and the assignment at the University of Bonn

Current error status:

The first tests with the product have started at the HRZ and "it looks quite good". As far as the connection to our central services in concerned, there seems to be no deterioration compared to previous systems (such as MS Office 2013). That's good news. I.e. you can use MS Office 2016 from our point of view - but we haven't found a "good reason" yet. But that may be a matter of taste. 


Current: No serious problems found yet...

Further information:

Product: Office Professional Plus 2016 (for Windows)

The new Office Prof. Plus 2016 has recently available through the Select framework agreement with Microsoft (see Softwareshop, terms such as "Work-at-Home" are explained here). MS Office 2016 Standard is used in many areas, even if - for little more money - you get Office Prof. Plus, which makes future use more versatile. 

Office 2016 Standard includes 

  • Word 2016, Excel 2016, OneNote 2016, Outlook, Powerpoint 2016, Publisher 2016

Office Prof. Plus 2016 contains additional:

  • Access, OneDrive for Business (the use is prohibited at the University of Bonn), Viso Viewer, Skype for Business (formerly Lynx)

Shopping tip:

For system standardization, you should ALWAYS purchase MS Office through the MS Selct-Framework Agreement. The price difference is not very big. Office Standard is available for 55,18€ in the software shop, Office Prof. 2016 is available for 71,82€ (as of 11/2015). Other editions except Standard and Professional shouldn't be used at all in the university. 

License right tip:

Please don't (as happened several times) buy Office Standard and then install only the standard products from the Prof. Plus CD ("If you buy Standard, you have to roll out Standard"). If you don't do this, you will immediately have a license violation and you will have a license deficit! Because, even if it looks the same, these are different products (SKU numbers), which are considered separate under licensing law!




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