Microsoft Office 2016 For Mac Is Now Available For Office 365 Subscribers

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Microsoft released the final version of 2016 for Mac on July 9. Office 2016 for Mac is now available in 139 countries and 16 languages. In the past four months, Microsoft has been previewing the software to testers and now Office 2016 for Mac is available immediately to Office 365 subscribers, according to reports.

The 2016 version is the latest iteration of Office for Macs and could be seen as a major overhaul for Apple centric users, reports Digital Trends. The new interface appears to be a combination of the fresh Windows design and Office for Mac 2011 and the result comes out to be the familiar Ribbon user interface that goes well with the OS X theme and features like sandboxed apps, fullscreen view, and Retina screen optimization, as per a report on The Verge.

“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,” Microsoft said through its official blog post.

Office 2016 for Mac will ship with five apps, namely, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Starting July 9, Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers can download Office 2016 for Mac, while a standalone version is scheduled to be released in September, reports The Verge.

Microsoft has also unified its OneDrive cloud storage into Office 2016 for Mac, making it easier for users to quickly access recent documents on which they could have been editing on their smartphone, tablet or Windows PC. There is another helpful feature for those users who use both Windows PC and Mac. Microsoft has included the familiar Windows shortcuts to its Office 2016 for Mac apps, so that users can use ctrl + shift instead of cmd + shift and others to navigate around, according to The Verge report.

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