Microsoft has today announced that they will be making Office 2016 available for Mac users in 139 countries and in 16 languages.

Included with Office 2016 is new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote designed for Mac but with the same Office experience. Mac users will also get integration with specific Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-Touch gestures, with full Retina display support.

Office for Mac is also connected to Microsoft’s Cloud service, allowing users to easily share documents between PCs, tablets and phones.

In the new Word application you will find a new design tab for what Microsoft call “designer-quality” layouts, colours and fonts for use in documents. This comes alongside the ability to work on the same document simultaneously with teammates, as well as new threaded comments to have conversations next to corresponding text.

Excel has also been updated with new recommended charts, keyboard shortcuts, autocomplete and an improved formula builder to make entering data easier.

PowerPoint has an improved Presenter View that allows you to see the current slide, next slide, speaker notes and timer on your Mac screen whilst viewers only see your presentation. There’s also a new animation pane for fine-tuning of animations and easier design techniques with a new set of slide transitions.

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The new Outlook has push mail support so your inbox can always stay up-to-date, an improved conversation view to automatically organise your inbox around threaded conversations, and a new message preview that shows you the first sentence of an email just below the subject line.

OneNote has also been added to Office for Mac, allowing users to capture ideas and access them on any device, and with the OneNote search engine users can search notes via their tags, typed notes, images and handwritten notes. When writing in OneNote users can format with Bold, italic, underline and highlight features, as well as insert files, pictures and tables, and even share their notes with other users.

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Microsoft say that all this was helped by users participation in their Office for Mac preview back in March, providing Microsoft with over 100,000 feedback, which they say they used to provide significant improvements in the performance and stability of the applications, as well as new features like Mail Merge in Word, Propose New Time in Outlook and support for External Data Connections in Excel.

Microsoft also plans to release updates and new features for Office 365 customers at least once per quarter.

All of this is available to Office 365 subscribers on Mac from today, all they need to access it is the Office 365 Home, Personal, Business, Business Premium, E3 or ProPlus subscription.

Here’s how Microsoft say you can access the new application:

  • 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.

Office 2016 for Mac will become available to all users as a one-time purchase this September, no pricing has been announced yet however.

Source: Microsoft Office Blog

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