Microsoft launches Office 2016 for Mac for Office 365 subscribers

BY Evan Selleck

Published 9 Jul 2015


At the beginning of the year, Microsoft launched a preview version of its Office 2016 for Mac. Now, several months later, the preview title has been hacked off.

In its place, an official public release has made its debut. Microsoft, via its official Office blog, announced that Office 2016 for Mac is now available to download and take full advantage of. According to Microsoft, Office 2016 is now available in 139 different countries across the globe, and 16 different languages.

As was the case with the preview, Office 2016 is available with five Microsoft applications: Word for Mac, Excel for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Outlook for Mac, and OneNote for Mac. All of which have been tuned to work on Macs, thanks to the feedback that Microsoft received through the preview program. The feedback even provided Microsoft with new ways to implement even more features:

Mac preview participants provided us with over 100,000 pieces of feedback. Based on this feedback, we released seven updates in four months with significant improvements in performance and stability. We also added features like improved Mail Merge in Word, Propose New Time in Outlook and support for External Data Connections in Excel.

Each app received its share of attention in improvements, though, especially when it came to adding features. Word picked up a Design tab, which will allow users to edit layout preferences. PowerPoint now offers a brand presentation mode, while Excel has even more keyboard shortcuts to choose from.

Office 2016 for Mac is available right now, but only for Office 365 subscribers, which runs $99 per year, or $9.99 per month. For those that don’t want to pay the monthly subscription, though, Microsoft has confirmed that it will launch a one-time purchase option, without disclosing the price, sometime this September.

[via Office blog]