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Office For Mac 2016: First Look

Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 combines Windows and Mac interfaces with built-in cloud storage.
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Microsoft is getting ready to launch another version of its productivity suite for Apple's OS, five years after its release of Office for Mac in 2011. The newest version of Office is now available for preview by Mac users.

This is the latest in a series of efforts by Microsoft to broaden its services among competing platforms. An iPad-compatible version of Office launched in 2014, followed by Office for Android tablets and Outlook for iOS and Android in early 2015. 

Beyond the updates to iOS and Android, a slew of Office-related news has been coming from Redmond. Microsoft recently gave Windows Insiders the opportunity to test Office for Windows 10, revamped Office Online, and broadened cloud integration for its line of Office apps. It also teased new details on Office for Windows 10 at this week's Mobile World Congress.

As per CEO Satya Nadella's "mobile first, cloud first" strategy, Office 2016 for Mac is driven by the cloud. It's designed so that documents are accessible across OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint across personal and work devices by signing into an Office account.

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This preview of Office for Mac 2016 includes upgraded versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and OneNote. It's free to test, but when it launches later this year, Office 2016 will require a subscription to Office 365 or purchase of an individual package if users want to do more than read or print Office documents.

Opinions on the 2016 platform note that the current Office for Mac 2011 looks outdated in comparison to a new design that resembles a mix of the older Office and fresh Windows interface. In a blog post on the announcement, Microsoft wrote that the new apps offer full retina display support and thousands of retina-optimized graphics.

The redesigned Ribbon UI now fits with the theme of OS X. It also offers a new task pane interface that organizes features so they can be easily located. The new OS is required for download, which should be welcome news to Apple as it gives users another reason to upgrade to OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Let's take a closer look at the updated Office for Mac apps and what each has to offer. Check out the features on the following pages, and then tell us what you like most (and last) about Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 in the comments section below.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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freespiritny25
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3/13/2015 | 3:37:07 PM
Re: Office For Mac 2016: First Look
Nice merge with Window's, and I like that the suite will also include Outlook, which looks great, and is useful because we rely on Exchange for email.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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3/7/2015 | 9:23:43 AM
Re: Ribbon Interface
Same here! I went from thinking how could anyone use a Mac to completely depending it. Such an awesome machine. I love so many things about it, the least of which is awesome support from Apple Care. 
Kelly22
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3/6/2015 | 9:20:17 AM
Re: Ribbon Interface
Agreed - it's about time we saw an Office for Mac upgrade! A few years ago I never thought I'd regularly use a Mac, and now I can't imagine working without one. Really looking forward to seeing the full version of this when it launches, hopefully they can make even more improvements to what we're seeing now.
Li Tan
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3/6/2015 | 4:41:11 AM
Re: Ribbon Interface
It's delayed a little bit on MacBook but at least now it's on the right track. As software development team, all of my team members use Mac but the frustrating thing is the lack of features of MS Office on MacBook. I am glad to see that the trend is right now.
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3/5/2015 | 11:00:32 PM
Ribbon Interface
It's cool that the ribbon-style interface is coming to Mac. But I have to say, this seems to be lagging way behind the windows version.

That's too bad, because I think a lot of creators prefer Macs, and this means that there are probably less Mac users than ever using Word to write. Just some food for thought. 
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