Changes in Office 2016 for Windows desktop

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

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 Office Training Center.

Office suite

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

Area What's changed More 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.

Access

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

Area What's changed More 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.

Access Services in SharePoint Roadmap

Excel

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.

OneNote

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

Area What's changed More 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?

Outlook

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

Area What's changed More 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.

PowerPoint

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

Area What's changed More 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.

Publisher

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

Area What's changed More 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).

Word

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

Area What's changed More 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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