Microsoft introduces real-time co-authoring of Word documents in Office 2016 Preview

Hammad Saleem


Microsoft has introduced co-authoring support for Microsoft Word documents stored in OneDrive in the Office 2016 Preview. This means that users will be able to collaborate with each other in real-time and make changes while working on a document. Initially, the feature was only available on Sharepoint online, but starting today, everyone with access to Office 2016 Preview will be able to use the new co-authoring feature.
Microsoft said in a blog post,

“Earlier this year we announced real-time co-authoring support for Word 2016 as part of the Office 2016 Preview. For the last several months, this feature has been available to preview users co-authoring Word documents stored on SharePoint Online. Today, we are pleased to announce that real-time co-authoring is also available as a first-look for Word documents stored on OneDrive as part of the latest Office 2016 Preview release.”

When two people are working on a shared document from OneDrive, they can co-author the document allowing both users to see the cursor location and changes made by other users in real-time. To get started, both users should be running Office 2016 preview and must have editing permissions in order to make changes to the document.