Using Office 2016 to connect agencies and citizens

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 02 October 2015
Using Office 2016 to connect agencies and citizens

There’s no question that the proliferation of technology has had a remarkable impact on the way we live our lives. In a recent Microsoft blog post, Natalia Boldyreva, senior business development manager for the worldwide public sector, made the point that, in ten years’ time, 75% of the workforce will be millennials - a generation with a different view of work, having grown up in a digital, social, mobile world. The result will be a new workforce that’s accustomed to using multiple form factors on a daily basis.

“Government workers and the citizens they serve are demanding that they work the same way that they live their lives-with more flexibility, choice, and connectivity,” Boldyreva explains. “Both government employees and citizens expect anytime, anywhere access to information, tools, and services.”

To meet these expectations, government agencies are rethinking the way they work. “They are looking for opportunities to increase productivity and collaboration, while creating new secure digital services that connect citizens and benefit society and the economy,” says Boldyreva. “Office 2016 helps governments to accomplish these goals. It is updated for the modern workplace, with smart tools that help governments meet workforce and citizen expectations. Offering a complete, cross-platform, cross-device solution, it’s designed for a mobile-first, cloud-first world intent on getting work done.

“With the launch of Office 2016, Microsoft is taking another step forward in offering governments the tools they need to connect agencies and citizens. The new Office increases productivity, allowing governments to improve outcomes like economic growth, social inclusion, environment sustainability, and good governance.”

Boldyreva says that the new Office can help governments meet workforce and citizen expectations while also helping them operate more effectively? Here are just a few of the ways:

Built for teamwork - for better citizens services
All over the world, governments are working to improve citizen services, and Office 2016 provides them with the tools they need to easily accomplish this goal. From real-time co-authoring to Skype in-app integration that lets users IM, screen share, talk, and video chat right from within their documents, the new Office includes a wide range of innovative technologies that governments can use to collaborate more easily. The new capabilities with Skype for Business give government agencies a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution as part of Office365 to provide better citizen services and engagement.

Works for you - to improve insights
Business intelligence is built into Office 2016, so governments can gain deeper insight into spending, budgets, and economic data. Analytical features included in Excel 2016 such as Power BI and one-click forecasting enable government leaders to obtain critical insights that guide their policy decisions. These features also help government leaders to operate more transparently, while addressing key security concerns.

The most secure Office - for better control and compliance
Office 2016 is the most secure Office ever. It enables governments to better protect sensitive data across different devices and the cloud while ensuring compliance with government policy and regulations. Improved multi-factor authentication streamlines sign-on across the entire Office suite, and data loss prevention features make it easier for administrators to monitor sensitive information needed to enforce compliance requirements.

Consistent with Windows 10, Office has added a new update model called the Current Branch for Business. Most government agencies need more time testing Office 2016 and their customisations between feature updates. The Current Branch for Business update model delivers three cumulative feature updates per year, while continuing to offer monthly security updates.

Important to mention, the new Office upgrades the experiences on the Mac, the iPhone, and the web. It also expands the Office footprint to iPad and Android tablets, making it a truly cross-platform, cross-device solution that allows employees to work however and wherever they want. From inspectors in the field to program managers and analysts who work from their desks, government employees can use Office 2016 seamlessly across devices while maintaining a consistent user experience-with access to the same applications, settings, and data-no matter what device they’re using.

To boost productivity, governments need to give their workers the intuitive tools they need, while making it possible for them to work wherever and whenever they want. That, in a nutshell, is what Office 2016 has to offer.

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