Microsoft makes Office 2016 for Mac available to customers

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 10 July 2015
Microsoft makes Office 2016 for Mac available to customers

Office 2016 for Mac is now available in 139 countries.

Using feedback from the Mac Office community, the Microsoft Office team has made a series of major updates including new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.

Office 2016 for Mac delivers the familiar Office experience to users while also offering the best of Mac.

“If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team, in a blog post. “It works the way you expect, with the familiar ribbon interface and powerful task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernised Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-Touch gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever.”

Office for Mac is cloud-connected, meaning users can quickly access their recently used documents on other devices.

Built-in document sharing tools make it easy for team members to work on a document together, with Office for Mac offering compatibility with Office on PCs, tablets, phones and online.

One new addition is OneNote for Mac, which enables users to capture ideas in digital notebooks and access them on any device.

Word for Mac makes it easy to create documents and the new Design tab lets users ‘apply designer-quality layouts, colours and fonts’ throughout their document.

Excel for Mac helps users visualise information and recommends charts suited to data, while also offering familiar keyboard shortcuts, autocomplete and an improved formula builder. This helps users save time when creating spreadsheets and entering data. New PivotTable Slicers also enable users to filter large volumes of data and discover patterns.

PowerPoint for Mac offers an improved Presenter View, showing users’ their current slide, next slide, speaker notes and a timer.

With the new Outlook for Mac, users can use push mail support, which helps keep their inbox constantly up-to date, and an improved conversation view that organises the inbox around threaded conversations.

Office 365 subscribers can now get the newest version of Office for Mac, and Office 2016 for Mac will be available as a one-time purchase option this September.

“We hope you’re as excited as we are about the new Office for Mac,” added Koenigsbauer. “It’s one of many important releases this summer where we are improving the Office experience across devices and platforms. We released Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android phones just two weeks ago, which join Outlook and OneNote for Android phones, and we are just weeks away from delivering Office Mobile apps for Windows 10.”

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