Office 2016 for Law Firms

What Lawyers Need to Know about Microsoft Office 2016

It is hard to believe it’s been three years since the last version of Microsoft Office 2013. But Office 2016 is almost upon us. In this post we’ll roll up what lawyers and law firms need to know about Office 2016.

Release Date

Microsoft Office 2016 is scheduled to be released September 22nd, 2015.

3 Functions of Office 2016 Your Law Firm Will Love

1. Document Co-Editing.

The biggest technical advance in Office 2016 is real-time collaboration, also known as coediting. So far it is available only in Word, but is due to arrive later in other apps. An attorney can edit a document in Word on a home machine while a legal assistant edits it at the same time, using the online version of Word in a browser. When other users are working on a shared document, a refresh icon appears in the margin next to the paragraph they’ve edited. When you save the document on your machine, the other users’ changes appear over a green background (see example below). This functionality is expected to work on a file server or a cloud-solution like OneDrive or Uptime LegalWorks.

About the Author: Dennis Dimka
Dennis Dimka is the CEO and founder of Uptime Legal Systems, North America's leading provider of technology, cloud and marketing services to law firms. Dennis is the author of Law Practice as a Service: How and Why to Move Your Law Firm to the Cloud, and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2016. Follow Dennis on LinkedIn.

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