We first explored Office 2016 for the Mac back in March, when Microsoft released a preview version of the software. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook, with a Mac-like feel.
- Microsoft Office 2016 is the new version of the Microsoft Office suite. It enhances and unifies visual changes from the 2013 version, adding new online features through Office 365, and also adds new features requested by the users and a general performance improvement for the whole package.
- Microsoft has announced the Office 2016 preview is now available for Mac, with the final version coming later this year. While there is a lot to see in Office 2016, there isn’t a lot to talk about.
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2016 Microsoft Office For Mac
For the last 12 months, Microsoft has focused on getting its flagship Office suite on screens where it's never been before—iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets. The Office for OS X apps were left behind, though. Microsoft released a new version of Outlook and an official OneNote client, but the core Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps were stuck back in 2010.
That changes today. Microsoft has just released a preview of Office 2016 for Mac, a suite which will include the current versions of Outlook and OneNote alongside newly updated versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The preview runs on OS X Yosemite, it's free to use, and it includes a tool for providing feedback to Microsoft. Once the final versions of the apps ship 'in the second half of 2015,' users with Office 365 subscriptions will get the new apps immediately. There may be some kind of standalone version available for those who want it, but Microsoft hasn't said.
The new apps take the styling introduced in OneNote and Outlook for OS X and apply it to the other apps in the suite. The ribbon interface now more closely resembles the one in Office 2013 for Windows—Office for Mac 2011 was closer to its Windows counterpart than older versions, but it still looked like a product from another company. The apps integrate much better with OneDrive than the previous versions did, and they support the standard collaborative editing features present on other platforms. All apps also play nice with OS X-specific features, including Full Screen mode, sandboxes for apps, and Retina display support.
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Interested users can download the beta here, and it can be installed alongside Office 2011 if you're not comfortable doing all your work in beta software. Microsoft's auto-updater will patch the apps as new versions are available. Chrome or safari for mac. Microsoft says that each build will expire after 60 days, so don't expect free software in perpetuity.