Changes in Office 2016 for Windows

 

Applies to: Office 2016

Topic Last Modified: 2017-06-16

Summary: Provides admins with information about which features in Office 2016 for Windows have been changed or removed since Office 2013 was released.

Audience: Admins who deploy and manage Office in organizations

Each of the following tables describes features that are changed or removed in the applications in Office 2016 for Windows.

There are tables for the following applications: Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word. The Office suite table lists features that are changed or removed from several or all apps.

If you're looking for information about the new features in Office 2016, see End user resources for learning about Office 2016.

The following table lists features that are changed or removed in Office 2016.

 

AreaWhat's changedMore information

Clip Art

The Office.com Clip Art and image library has been removed.

Clip Art now powered by Bing Images

Add online pictures or clip art to your file

Document Information Panel

The Document Information Panel has been removed.

Where is the Document Information Panel in Office 2016?

EPS images

The ability to insert images that use the EPS file format is no longer supported.

If you have an Office file that contains an image that uses the EPS file format, the image will be replaced by a red X placeholder.

Support for EPS images has been turned off in Office for Windows

Equation Editor

Microsoft Equation Editor 3.0 isn't supported in Office 2016.

You don’t need to install anything to write or edit math equations in Office 2016. Just choose Insert > Equation. For more information, see Write an equation.

Localized languages

Language packs that allow the user to display the Office user interface in a specific language are no longer available for the following languages:

  • Central Kurdish

  • Hausa (Latin)

  • Igbo

  • isiXhosa

  • isiZulu

  • K'iche

  • Kinyarwanda

  • Punjabi (Arabic)

  • Sesotho sa Leboa

  • Setswana (South Africa)

  • Tajik

  • Tigrigna

  • Wolof

  • Yoruba

Proofing tools are still available for the following languages:

  • Hausa (Latin)

  • Igbo

  • isiXhosa

  • isiZulu

  • Kinyarwanda

  • Sesotho sa Leboa

  • Setswana (South Africa)

  • Wolof

  • Yoruba

For more information, see Language Accessory Pack for Office 2016.

Themes

The following changes have been made to Office themes:

  • The light gray theme has been removed.

  • The dark gray theme has been updated.

  • A black theme has been added.

The black theme is only available to Office 365 subscribers.

Version information

The version information shown under File > Account > About application name no longer shows the version information for the application's .exe file.

This only applies to Windows Installer (MSI) versions of Office 2016.

The version number that is shown is for the Mso20win32client.dll file.

The following table lists features that are changed or removed in Access 2016.

 

AreaWhat's changedMore information

Web apps

Microsoft no longer recommends creating and using Access web apps in SharePoint.

This feature will be retired from SharePoint Server in ten years and from Office 365 in one year.

Updating the Access Services in SharePoint Roadmap

Access web apps no longer supported

The following table lists features that are changed or removed in Excel 2016.

 

Area What's changed More information

Azure Marketplace connector

The following options have been removed from the ribbon and are no longer available:

  • Data > Get External Data > From Other Sources > From Windows Azure Marketplace

  • Data > Get Data > From Azure > From Azure Marketplace

Data services are no longer available from Azure Marketplace.

Power View

The Power View button has been removed from Insert > Reports on the ribbon.

Roadmap for Power View in Excel

If you want to continue to use Power View, you can follow these steps to turn on Power View.

The following table lists features that are changed or removed in OneNote 2016.

 

AreaWhat's changedMore information

Scanned images

The Scanned Image button has been removed from Insert > Images on the ribbon.

The ability to insert a scanned image from a scanner is no longer supported.

For other options, see How can I Insert scanned images into OneNote 2016 for Windows?

The following table lists features that are changed or removed in Outlook 2016.

 

AreaWhat's changedMore information

Autodiscover

Outlook 2016 requires Autodiscover to be configured, or it won’t be able to connect to Exchange Server.

Outlook 2016 retrieves Exchange Server connectivity settings directly from Autodiscover instead of the registry, making profiles more reliable, but that also makes Autodiscover a required feature.

Microsoft Support Knowledge Base (KB) article 3098831

Cached Exchange Mode Sync Slider

There are three new options for how much mail is available when you’re working offline and you’re using Cached Exchange Mode:

  • 3 days

  • 1 week

  • 2 weeks

Change how much mail to keep offline

Exchange Server support

Outlook 2016 doesn’t support connecting to Exchange Server 2007.

Microsoft Support Knowledge Base (KB) article 3093039

Outlook Social Connector

Access to LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media sites has been removed.

In some cases, these social sites have built Office Add-in solutions that you can use instead. Visit the Office Store for additional solutions.

Can you connect to a social network in Outlook?

People Pane

The People Pane is off by default.

Also, the Account Settings option has been removed.

To show the People Pane when reading messages, go to View > People Pane, and then choose Normal or Minimized.

PRF files

PRF files for configuring Exchange Server accounts are no longer supported.

Accounts should be configured automatically in the account wizard when you use Autodiscover.

The following table lists features that are changed or removed in PowerPoint 2016.

 

AreaWhat's changedMore information

HTML files

Opening an HTML file is no longer supported.

The "All Web Pages" choice has been removed from the File > Open dialog box.

The following table lists features that are changed or removed in Publisher 2016.

 

AreaWhat's changedMore information

Live Preview

The ability to preview the effects of formatting changes has been removed.

The Enable Live Preview option has been removed from File > Options > General > User Interface options.

Live Preview is removed starting with Version 1606 (Build 7070.2022).

The following table lists features that are changed or removed in Word 2016.

 

AreaWhat's changedMore information

Blogging

The ability to publish a document as a blog post to Blogger (www.blogger.com) is no longer supported.

The Blogger option has been removed from File > Share > Post to Blog.

You can still publish a document as a blog post to other blogging platforms.

Help with blogging in Word

Grammar & Style

The Grammar & Style option has been removed from the Writing Style drop-down menu in the “When correcting spelling and grammar in Word” section under File > Options > Proofing.

The Grammar & Style option has been removed for the following languages:

  • Arabic

  • Danish

  • Dutch

  • English

  • Finnish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Norwegian Bokmål

  • Portuguese (Brazilian)

  • Portuguese (Portugal)

  • Russian

  • Spanish

Korean data recognizers

Korean data recognizers are no longer available under File > Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options > Actions.

The following Korean data recognizers have been removed:

  • Address

  • Date

  • Person name

  • Telephone number

  • Time

Research

The Research button has been removed from Review > Proofing on the ribbon.

You can add the Research button to the ribbon by customizing the ribbon.

 
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