Microsoft today announced the launch of Office 2016 for Mac, containing five apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. The productivity suite has been modernized to integrate Mac capabilities such as Full Screen view or Multi-Touch gestures, and, of course, support for the signature Retina display.
As the new suite is connected to Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service, it allows users access to documents they have been editing on any device, and to continue where they left off. Additionally, it comes with a new tool for the easier editing of shared documents.
Microsoft claims customer participation in its Office for Mac preview exceeded expectations, making it the largest Office for Mac beta ever, with testers providing more than 100,000 pieces of feedback. Based on their input, the software maker has been busy over the past four months updating the productivity suite, and added features like improved Mail Merge in Word, Propose New Time in Outlook and support for External Data Connections in Excel.
But that’s just the start, Microsoft promises.
Office 2016 for Mac is available today in 139 countries and 16 languages. Office 365 subscribers can access office.com/myaccount to download the software and install it via following onscreen instructions. Students will get it for free or at a “substantial” discount. However, if you aren’t an existing customer, you can purchase an Office 365 subscription at a local retailer. Office 2016 for Mac will become available as a one-time purchase option this September.
Pricing details: Office 365 Home costs $10 per month in Canada and you get fully installed Office apps on 5PCs or Macs, 5 tablets and 5 phones, 1 TB each for up to 5 users. If you are looking for a cheaper option, you could choose Office 365 Personal, which limits all the above to 1 PC or Mac, 1 tablet and 1 phone, and you get 1TB of online storage. For more information visit products.office.com.