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Apr 12, 2001

Following a beta testing period that began in March, Microsoft today announced the official launch of its next-generation office software designed for Mac users, Office 2016. The new Office 2016 software is the first major Mac release since Office 2011, and it brings new versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with redesigned, Retina optimized interfaces, new features, and a focus on collaboration and cloud integration.

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.
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. For example, Office for Mac now uses the Ribbon to organize tools and formatting options, plus there's a task pane for improved graphics customization in all three of the main Office apps, along with new themes and styles.

The software includes a new Yosemite-style design that takes advantage of features like full-screen support, Retina displays, and multi-touch gestures, while cloud integration makes all Microsoft files available across a range of devices.

Word 2016 for Mac includes a new Design tab for quickly customizing layouts, colors, and fonts while working on a document, and the multi-author experience has been improved. 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's chart preview feature suggests the charts that best fit a set of data and it adds deeper data analysis functionality with PivotTable slicers for dealing with large amounts of data to find patterns. 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 the PowerPoint for iOS app. In the top left, the presenter sees exactly what the audience sees, including animations in real time, for a better idea of how a presentation is going. There's also a new animation pane for designing and tweaking animations, plus new slide transitions.


Outlook for Mac, released last October, is also designed to work with the new Office apps, with push mail support, an improved conversation view, and message previews, as is OneNote for Mac, released in March of 2014.

According to Microsoft, several major changes like improved Mail Merge for Word, Propose New Time in Outlook, and support for External Data Connections in Excel were added based on user feedback during the beta testing program. Microsoft plans to introduce new updates to the software at least once per quarter going forward.

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 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.

Article Link: Microsoft Releases Office 2016 for Mac With Updated Versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and More
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macrumors 68000
Apr 15, 2010
Edit: Nevermind - you do need to download the release via your Office 365 account!

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Do I need to install the real release? Or should me beta update to it?
I have 365 so not sure!


macrumors 6502a
Jul 7, 2012
Going to hold back before pulling the trigger, to see what the general view of things is.

Currently running Office 2010 off Win 7 in Parallels, so works well enough – but cannot get MS Outlook setup with my enterprise account, possibly due to it being run virtual.

If the new Mac 2016 is good, will take the plunge.

macrumors 65816
Nov 10, 2006
So is Office 2016 for Mac truly the Mac version of the upcoming Office 2016 for Windows, in which case this is probably the first time in a long time the Mac version of Office has shipped first or is this the Mac version of Office 2013 for Windows, in which case we are actually really behind or is this some type of hybrid Office 2013/2016 version brought to Mac?


macrumors 68040
Dec 12, 2011
South Carolina, United States
Meanwhile Microsoft works on the next version of Office that consists of several new features that Mac users will have to wait another 4-5 years for.

EDIT: Oh wait they will continue updating for Office 365 subscribers
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macrumors 65816
Nov 24, 2005
- No support for right-to-left languages
- A Hebrew word document would open just fine in Pages, but will look like gibberish in Microsoft Word. :S
- No support for local OneNote notebooks

For me at least, this is NOT a good update.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 7, 2008
Will upgrade from the full license 2011 via Office 365 University. LOVE 2013 on my Surface Pro + OneDrive, together with the iOS apps. Storing job applications on OneDrive saved my bacon big time last year when I needed to scramble and refer to an application I'd submitted at very short notice via my phone.

Office 2011 has felt clunky and the terrible OneDrive integration has had me using the Office Web Apps via Safari for most work in preference to the locally installed 2011.

Will install this evening and see how it all behaves; the betas were promising but didn't use them in anger (aka for production purposes in business parlance).
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