Following the successful beta trial period began in March, the final upgraded version of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is now available for download. For general public, the MS Office 2016 Mac version released, just after taking into account invaluable feedback from the Office community, Microsoft has indeed made significant changes to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote apps in order to roll out the latest versions into 136 countries worldwide in 16 different languages.
It’s the next-generation office software designed specifically for OS X users, Office 2016. And the first major Mac release since Office 2011. With redesigned software changes, today’s release of Office 2016 brings with it Retina optimized interfaces, new inclusions, and overall focus on collaboration and cloud integration. Microsoft is describing the software as offring the best of both worls for Mac users by bringing “the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac.” Thankfully, there isn’t a great learning curve for those who may be coming to Office for Mac from other platforms, such as Windows or even iOS and Android.
If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar Ribbon interface and powerful Task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized 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.
The five major apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote – come integrated with the familiar Ribbon interface and powerful task panes, as well as offering awesome integration with Mac, such as full-screen handling and extensive multi-touch gestures that allow for powerful interaction with any of the running apps. Office for Mac 2016 has adopted many elements previously found in the Windows version of Office and the mobile Office apps for better cross-platform familiarity. Now users of Mac can use Ribbon to organize tools and formatting options, plus there’s a task pane for improved customization in all three of the main Office apps, along with new themes and skin styles.
The software however includes a new Yosemite-esque design that takes advantage of features like full-screen support, Retina displays, and multi-touch geastures, while cloud integration makes all Microsoft files available across a range of devices.
Word for Mac 2016 includes a new Design tab that provides quick and efficient access to designer-quality layouts and transformation tools throughout the working document. Customizing colors and layouts and also fonts are available, can be used while working on a document, and multi-author experience has been improved. Microsoft’s engineering team has also concentrated on collaborative working that allows teammates to work on the same document. This is evident throughout all of the new apps.
Notably, there’s a sharing interface at the top right of the app that allows multiple people to work on the same document at once, with threaded comments to communicate.
Excel 2016 for Mac introduces a great new chart preview tool that exists to recommend the best chart that is suited to the given data set, and it adds deeper data analysis functionality with PivotTable slicers for dealing with large amounts of data to find patterns. It even has a powerful autocomplete and formula building solution to save time with those cumbersome calculations. Shortcuts within Excel and the other Office apps have been updated to match their Windows counterparts, and there’s improved autocomplete and a better formula builder that makes it easier to create spreadsheets and add data.
PowerPoint 2016 for Mac includes an improved Presenter view that shows current slide, next slide, speaker notes, and a timer, much like PowerPoint for iOS app. Updates to PowerPoint aim to put the presenter of a particular Slide Show in full control present on the Mac screen all form part of the improved Presenter functionality within the app. This addition of an animation pane also helps fine-tune and design animations to make those presentations really pop, and present is new slide transitions.
According to Microsoft, several major changes like improved Mail Merge for Word, Propose New Time in Outlook, and support for External Dta Connections in Excel were added based on user feedback during the beta testing program. Office 2016 for Mac is available for all Office 365 subscribers users beginning today, and is officially supported on machines running the latest version of OS X, Yosemite. Office for Mac will also be available as a one-time purchase in September.
Office 365 subscribers can get the newest version of Office for Mac right now from office.com/myaccount, whereas students can potentially get their full of the suite for free or with a heavy discount at office.com/student. More info on Office for mac is available at: office.com/mac.
“Office 365 Personal, which includes Office access for 1 computer, 1 phone, and 1 tablet, is priced at $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month. Office 365 Home, with access for 5 computers, 5 tablets, and 5 phones is priced at $99.99 per year or $9.99 per month. There are also Office 365 plans designed for students and businesses at different price points.”
Already an Office 365 customer? On your Mac, just browse to your account page (office.com/myaccount), sign in and follow the installation instructions.
Are you a student? You may get Office 2016 for Mac for free or at a substantial discount. It takes only 30 seconds to find out at office.com/student.
Otherwise, go to office.com/mac or buy an Office 365 subscription at your local retailer.