Microsoft Office 2016 Arrives on the Mac
The wait's over. Office 365 subscribers can upgrade from the long-in-the-tooth 2011 edition for Apple's desktop OS.The long wait is over. Yesterday, Microsoft announced the release of Office 2016 for Mac—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote—to Office 365 customers, four months after the Redmond, Wash., software giant floated a preview of the software for eager testers who have been toiling away with the 2011 edition. A non-subscription alternative will be available in September. Office 2016 for Mac bears similarities to the Windows version, but also incorporates some Apple-specific features, wrote Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of Office Client Applications and Services at Microsoft, in a July 9 announcement. "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," he stated. "Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-Touch gestures." The software also features full Retina support for MacBook Pros and desktop systems with the company's pixel-packed, high-resolution display technology. The updated productivity suite brings some of Microsoft's "cloud-first" ethos to its Mac software slate. "Office for Mac is cloud-connected, so you can quickly get to the documents you've recently used on other devices and pick up where you left off," said Koenigsbauer of the software's cloud-enabled syncing capabilities.
Also available on Office 2016 for Mac are collaborative co-authoring features, allowing users to work on files together. Plus, the software ensures that documents retain their look and feel on devices. "When sharing documents, you won't have to worry about losing content or formatting, as Office for Mac offers unparalleled compatibility with Office on PCs, tablets, phones and online," added Koenigsbauer.