Public preview of Office 2016 for Mac is available now

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 06 March 2015
Public preview of Office 2016 for Mac is available now

Nearly five years on since Microsoft released Office 2011 for Mac and customers can now get their hands on a preview of the latest 2016 version for Apple’s operating system.

Currently available in beta – the full version is expected to launch this summer – Office 2016 for Mac includes updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook.

The update comes on the back of a number of recent announcements about Microsoft’s Office suite, including the release of universal Office apps for Windows 10, iPhone and iPad, as well as Android devices.

Now available to download from the Microsoft Office site, the preview has a new user interface which, according to Microsoft, has been “thoughtfully designed to take advantage of the unique features of the Mac” such as full screen view, retina display support, scroll bounce and a redesigned ribbon that intuitively organises features so you can quickly find what you need.

Users can also take advantage of cloud connectivity, which means that they can sign into the new Office for Mac and easily access their recently used documents from any device via OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.

Speaking about the new release, Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services team, said: “It’s not only full of new and improved features, it’s another proof point of our commitment to cross-platform support and a consistent experiences across devices. Unmistakably Office, but thoughtfully designed for the Mac.”

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