Five years after Office 2011 for Mac, Microsoft releases the first public preview for its successor that is Office 2016. This is available to everybody and can be installed alongside Office 2011 by anyone running Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite. Microsoft had already updated OneNote and Outlook and yesterday, it released refreshed preview of those two apps alongwith the first public previews of Excel, Word and PowerPoint. I you want to go check it out right now and download it, click here. People will be notified for upcoming updates by the Office for Mac Auto Update tool. According to my information each preview expires after 60 days and the last one will last for a month before Office 2016 becomes generally available which is likely to happen in the second half of 2015. It looks and feels almost like Office for Windows while maintaining the styling that reminds people that it was built for Mac. It has got the new Ribbon which is similar to one which we see on Windows , has full support for Retina Displays and is integrated with OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint and Office 365.
The new Excel has support for the same keyboard shortcuts as the Office for Windows in order to give a similar feeling. PowerPoint for Mac now has the same presenter view as the Office for iOS. Like the Office 2016 for Windows private preview, (did I tell you it had been released.Will surely write about it in my next post.) new features are rather limited for this new version. When asked what took so long Eric Wilfrid said that Microsoft focused on Office 365 and mobile releases like Office for iOS. Microsoft didn’t reveal the pricing for the ones who don’t have Office 365 subscription but for those who have, it will be completely free at launch.