Today I Learned: Differences between Microsoft Office 2013 & 2016

FIS is currently in the process of upgrading all of our customers from Office 2013 to Office 2016.  As is the case with almost upgrades, there are some cosmetic and functional differences between the two versions as well as some new features.  The information listed below hopes to better your understanding of Office 2016, highlight some of the differences between the two versions, and describe new features.

Differences between Office 2013 & Office 2016

All Office Applications

  • Color changes.  Each application’s ribbon is now associated with the program’s icon.  For example, the PowerPoint icon is orange so the ribbon will also be orange.
  • The “Tell me” feature.  This feature displays as a light bulb at the top of each Office program.  Click the light bulb and you can type in what you are trying to do in the program you have open.  It will not only show you how to do the task but will let you accomplish it directly from there.
  • Share.  The icon is located in the top-right hand corner of any Office application.  It lets you save to a cloud location such as OneDrive and invite others to view the file or edit it.
  • Six new chart types.  New chart types are box and whisker, histogram, Pareto, sunburst, treemap, and waterfall


  • Ability to include attachments from cloud storage locations such as OneDrive.
  • Attachments can be included quicker and easier by clicking the attach file icon.  This lets you view all of the most recent documents you have accessed.


  • A previous add-in called Power Query, which can pool data to analyze from various sources, is now built directly into the application.
  • Time series forecasting functions.


  • Screen recording.
  • Sharing has been made easier thanks to side-by-side visual comparison.

These are some but not all of the differences and new features associated with Office 2016.  For more information, submit a ticket through the FIS Portal.




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