First Look: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is Finally Here
Mac users no longer feel secondary to Windows users; rather they now have more reasons to be pleased with Microsoft Office productivity suite. Microsoft has released the final version of Office for Mac 2016 on Thursday July 9, 2015 – and it is readily available for upgrade to Office 365 users. The current version of the productivity software is released five years after its predecessor Office for Mac 2011 – as expected, with a host of new features and improvements. Here are major features and highlights of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac.
Microsoft presents a notable overhaul in Office 2016 for Mac version which marks five years of research and development on innovations over its former Office suite for Mac. Microsoft has brought this new user interface which is a little bit of both worlds – a bit of the old Office for Mac 2011 and new Windows 10 interface. Thus, the new office UI perfectly blends in new Windows material designs and Ribbon interface which is known to OS X users. Other prime highlights include full-screen view, sandboxed apps, and retina screen optimization. Microsoft offers Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage to Mac users enabling them to sync and access Office documents across smartphone, tablet, Mac machine and even with a Windows PC. Plus, this latest Office version for Mac also brings Windows shortcuts, especially for users who have to alternate between a Mac and Windows-based PC.
Five core productivity applications
Office for Mac 2016 packs in all four core productivity applications that are Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Microsoft Outlook application. However, if your business heavily relies upon other applications such as Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Access or any other application, then you need to use a virtual machine or sync with Windows systems. This new set of Office for Mac 2016 is optimized for retina display of diverse range of Mac-based devices. Other notable Mac-specific improvements added to this Office 2016 for Mac include OS X multi-touch support, support for full-screen support, data support in spreadsheets, support for working with charts – here are the major highlights of five core applications of Office for Mac 2016 –
- Word for Mac presents a new ‘Design’ tab to apply fonts, colors and layout options, seamless collaboration to sync, share and get updates from multiple users.
- Excel for Mac features options to view data in the form of charts that fit your range of data along with chart previews before you apply it. Other perks of this new Excel are autocomplete, keyboard shortcuts, better formula builder, and new PivotTable Slicers.
- PowerPoint for Mac offers better Presenter View, improved full control to view current slide, next slide, a timer and speaker notes for projecting presentation on bigger screens. Improved animation pane brings better tools to design and animations and new set of slide transitions.
- Outlook for Mac offers support for push mail for auto-update of mailbox, better control over mail, tasks, calendar and contacts and also a new message preview pane.
- OneNote for Mac is the new member of Office for Mac family that will now make capturing ideas and syncing ideas easier. The application has this OneNote search engine to search and track indexes, tags, notes and even text in images. Notes can be synced and shared with family, friends, colleagues and targeted users.
Availability and price point
Microsoft Office 365 users irrespective of any version whether Home, Personal, E3, Business, Business Premium, and ProPlus, are the first batch of users to get this new version of Office for Mac 2016. The new version will receive complete set of rights of all Office applications which will support all major platforms iOS, Windows, and Android apart from Mac OS X. The new version also comes packed with Microsoft Skype and OneDrive. Students will get Office for Mac 2016 for free or discounted rates from ‘Student’ page – other users need to buy the productivity suite from ‘My Software’ page – so, are you ready to go?