Office 2016 vs. 2013: Is It Worth the Upgrade?
If you’ve been an Office user for a long time, you’ve probably noticed the tremendous changes that Microsoft has made over the years. Since the year 2000, you’ve worked with Office 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Each of these versions introduced new improvements to your work day.
The Office suite is now more than just a set of tools for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, publishing, and email messaging. Productivity has been brought to a higher level with sharing, co-authoring, mobility and more. Our previous blog focused on new cool features of Office 2016. Today I’d like to compare how Office 2016 differs from 2013 and 2010.
If you’ve been stuck with an earlier version of Office, you probably have a good reason. You may have third-party tools integrated with the software, or other business constraints that don’t allow you to upgrade. Or, you simply haven’t found the time to think about it. If you’ve had compatibility issues, you’ve probably installed free Office Viewers and you think it does the trick.
You may have valid reasons for sticking with an older version of the Office Suite. But keep this in mind: your business data are a financial asset that has to be protected. Will Office 2016 help you do this? Yes, and a lot more.
Microsoft has chosen the best features from their most popular bundles and packaged them together to create Microsoft 365. You can try it for free here.
We’ve compared the following elements in the two previous versions of the Office suite with Office 2016: on the following elements:
- Office 2016 is built for teamwork
- Office 2016 works for you
- Office 2016 is perfect on Windows 10
- Office 2016 is the most secure Office
- Office 2016 offers flexible Click-to-Run options
- Office 2016 has improved Outlook performance
The best way to find out if the new version is worth the upgrade is to try Office for yourself.
|Teamwork Features||Office 2010||Office 2013||Office 2016|
|Co-author like never before in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote.|
|Basic co-authoring (ability to edit in parallel)|
|Real-time typing in Word lets you see others’ edits as they make them.|
|Improved version history|
|Share button in ribbon in W/X/P|
|Thanks to Skype in-app integration, you can IM, screen share, talk or video chat right in your docs.|
|Skype Meetings offers HD video, desktop sharing, co-authoring, presentations, and more.|
|HD Video and co-authoring|
|Office 365 Groups now available as part of Outlook and on iOS, Android, and Windows|
|With OneNote shared notebooks, you have one place to share and see notes|
|Take your Office anywhere with a set of Office mobile apps across Windows, Android, and iOS.|
|Works for you Features||Office 2010||Office 2013||Office 2016|
|Outlook 2016 is built to give you lightning fast search, remove low priority mail, and make sure everyone has the right access with Modern Attachments|
|Outlook Clutter in 2016|
|Most recently used documents in Outlook|
|Improved autosuggest search|
|Your most recently used documents list travels with you across your devices.|
|Excel 2016 is the most powerful analysis tool in your arsenal|
|Integrated Power Pivot (integration new in 2016)|
|Integrated Get & Transform and 3D Maps (integration new in 2016)|
|New chart types|
|Publish to Power BI|
|Just type the word and Tell Me takes you directly to the feature you need.|
|Smart Lookup brings insights from the web right into your Office docs.|
|Windows 10 Features||Office 2010||Office 2013||Office 2016|
|Windows Hello logs you into your PC and Office – all in one simple step.|
|Let Cortana with Office 365 integration help with tasks like meeting prep|
|Office Mobile apps on Windows 10 are touch-friendly, fast, and optimized for on-the-go.|
|Continuum & Office Mobile apps on Windows 10 phones. Use your phone like a PC.|
|OneDrive storage & Windows 10 is a built-in, secure way to store and share all your stuff.|
|Security Features||Office 2010||Office 2013||Office 2016|
|Data Loss Prevention helps significantly reduce the risk of leaking sensitive data, by giving IT admins tools to centrally create, manage and enforce policies for content authoring and document sharing. (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)|
|Multi-factor Authentication allows you to securely access content anywhere – even when you’re away from the corporate network. (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)|
|Information Rights Management helps you encrypt your data online and off.|
|Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook|
|IT Admin Features||Office 2010||Office 2013||Office 2016|
|With deferred updates, you choose when you update—once a month or every three months and validate up to four months prior to deployment.|
|Improved integration with System Center Configuration Manager for efficient distribution of updates.|
|New Background Intelligence Transfer Service (BITS) provides better network traffic management.|
|Simplified activation management, with new controls in Office 365 Admin Portal that allow admins to manage device activations across users.|
|Outlook performance Features||Office 2010||Office 2013||Office 2016|
|New Internet-friendly MAPI-HTTP protocol enhances Exchange/Outlook connectivity.|
|Outlook is more responsive on unreliable networks with the elimination of foreground network calls.|
|Reduced time to download messages, display the message list, and show new email after hibernation.|
|New settings let users better manage storage by only retaining 1, 3, 7, 14 or 30 days of mail on a device.|
Why should you upgrade to Office 2016? to collaborate better and be more productive.
You can still buy Office in the usual “one box, one installation” perpetual license at your retailer (up to $519 for Office 2016 Professional). However, it is also available in a Software-as-a-Service model (Office Apps). One license gives you the right to install Office apps on 5 PCs, 5 Macs and 5 mobile devices. Subscription fees start at less than $10 per seat per month. Office Apps are available in an online mode, using a web browser, when you cannot install them locally.
With Office Apps, there’s no upfront investment and you’re guaranteed to always have access to the latest version.