News

Microsoft Releases Office 2016 for Mac

Microsoft released its Office 2016 for Mac product today, but Office 365 subscribers are getting it first.

The productivity suite, with new versions of Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word, can be downloaded by Office 365 subscribers today. It's available to subscribers of the "Home, Personal, Business, Business Premium, E3 or ProPlus" Office 365 plans, according to Microsoft's announcement.

The separate Office 2016 for Mac product that's not associated with an Office 365 subscription plan will be available sometime in September, according to Microsoft's announcement.

Volume licensing customers will be able to get Office 2016 for Mac in August, according to a Microsoft spokesperson. It will be available from Microsoft's Volume Licensing Service Center.

Office 2016 for Mac includes some updated features, but Office 365 subscribers will continue to get feature updates "at least once per quarter," per Microsoft's announcement. The non-Office 365 version of Office 2016 for Mac won't follow this update cycle, though, according to the spokesperson.

With this release, Microsoft is claiming to have "modernized" the user interface of Office 2016 for Mac while also supporting Apple-branded capabilities such as Retina displays, Multi-Touch gestures and Full Screen views. It's also claiming that document formatting won't be lost when sharing documents between Macs and PCs.

Office for Mac 2016 was improved using 100,000 pieces of feedback from the beta version, which represented the product's largest beta participation yet. Based on that feedback, Microsoft added an "improved mail merge in Word." It added a "propose new time" feature in Outlook. Excel got support for "external data connections."

Microsoft cited a few suite improvements in its announcement. Excel now recommends charts based on the data being used and offers chart previews. It also has a "new PivotTable Slicers" feature for displaying data. The OneNote note-taking app was described as a completely new addition.

Outlook now gets its e-mail via a push process, which keeps the in-box more current. Microsoft added a "conversation view" feature to Outlook that keeps threaded conversations together. Messages also now arrive in preview form showing the subject line and first sentence.

PowerPoint includes a "presenter view." It's an aid to presenters, displaying notes, a timer and the next slide, as well as the previous one. Microsoft also added an "animation pane" to help with building animations into presentations.

Word got a new "design" tab to help with document layouts. Microsoft also added the ability to collaborate with others on Word documents using a built-in conversation pane.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

Featured

  • Microsoft Ending Azure Container Service Support in 2020

    Microsoft gave notice earlier this month that it will be ending its Azure Container Service on Jan. 31, 2020.

  • Microsoft Releases Surface Diagnostic Toolkit for Business

    Microsoft released a new tool, Surface Diagnostic Toolkit for Business, earlier this month, providing a means for IT pros to find and troubleshoot problems on Microsoft Surface devices.

  • How To Enable Guest Access for Office 365

    While it's possible to give outside users access to certain content in your organization's Office 365 environment, the process of setting them up requires a few extra steps.

  • Microsoft Now Supports OpenSSH in Windows Server 2019

    Microsoft announced on Tuesday that the OpenSSH solution used for remote management is now a supported "Features on Demand" addition in both Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019.

comments powered by Disqus
Most   Popular

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.