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Collaboration across devices just got better with modern Office experiences

Whether you’re a group of students collaborating on a project or part of a team at work developing a budget proposal, you need productivity tools that are available across your devices, support your mobility needs, and perform well in every situation, to ensure you and your team can collaborate whenever and wherever necessary to make your job easier. Think, when was the last time you worked on something that did not require input from others? When did you last work on a project that was not shared to receive feedback or approval? A sizable portion of today’s work happens in groups and collaboration is essential.

We all use different devices to get our work done, wherever and whenever we want. Being able to access our content and getting work done is an implicit need. This not only gives users the freedom to be in control of their time, but also helps them collaborate more effectively with other team members and succeed in getting their work done as a team.

Familiarity of Office: For many years, users have relied on rich Office templates to quickly start creating documents. The familiar Office ribbon makes it easy to find the relevant actions so you can edit your documents. Easy formatting capabilities enable you to change the picture styles or chart styles in Word or Excel and help you to create and edit rich Office documents. The recommended charts in Excel help you analyze, manipulate and visualize data quickly. The variety of transitions and animations in PowerPoint help you tell a story with real impact.

Because you and your team members are already familiar with Office, you can avoid the confusion of wondering where to find some feature or function and trying to figure out how to use it. So instead of staying late at the office and missing the party that everyone will be talking about on Monday, you can finish your work more quickly and enjoy the party.

Office File Fidelity: Office provides a consistent experience across devices so no matter what device you access the document, spreadsheet, or presentation from, that familiar experience moves with you. If you open an Office document, spreadsheet or presentation on a PC, you will get the rich Office experience you’ve come to expect. Open that same Office file on an iPad, and the look and feel will be the same—right down to the formatting.

You want your ideas and creativity to be intact as you collaborate with other team members using different devices? With Office available on both PC and iPad, you can easily share Office documents among team members without worrying about losing the fidelity of the standard Office document format. Even when a feature is not supported on a particular device, Office retains the file fidelity and document formatting. So when you reopen the document on a platform that does support the feature, all capabilities are intact.

On the other hand, if someone on your team moves the file to Google Drive and opens it to make changes, you no longer experience that familiar Office look and the formatting is a mess, will likely be recreating the formatting and making sure no content was lost. No matter what kind of group project you’re collaborating on, you don’t want to waste time reformatting and finalizing the collective work of your team, or worrying whether one or more of your team members is unable to share in the rich Office experience on their devices.

Why settle for a suboptimal experience using Google Docs, Sheets and Slides when Office provides you the best experience available with the modern Office experience on PC and iPad already. Office will be available on other platforms soon. These Office experiences will continue to make collaborating across devices easier, richer and more complete than ever.

If you are a student working on a group project watch this video to see how Office can help you be successful at school. If you are collaborating in teams at work, see how the Office experience can help you succeed at teamwork.