Microsoft has officially confirmed the general availability of its Office for Mac, though initially it’ll be available to Office 365 subscribers. Office 2016 for Mac is now available in 139 countries and 16 languages, which includes the new Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. The new version includes support for Retina display, the proprietary ribbon interface along with Multi-Touch gestures.

“Office 365 subscribers can get the newest version of Office for Mac today. All you need is an Office 365 subscription (Office 365 Home, Personal, Business, Business Premium, E3 or ProPlus), which includes the rights and access to use Office applications on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices, along with additional value in OneDrive and Skype,” said Microsoft.

Office 365 subscribers with the requisite subscription can install Office 2016 on their Macs right away via their official account page. While students ‘may get Office 2016 for free or at a substantial account,’ adds Microsoft. While sometime in the month of September, Office 2016 will be available as a ‘one-time-purchase’ option via retailers.

Office for Mac will also get cloud connectivity, implying users can access documents via other devices as well. It also gets the new document-sharing tool, which essentially allows multiple users to work on a single document altogether.

Microsoft said that it is the largest ‘Office for Mac beta ever’, which has been significantly improved based on the immense feedback from Mac users. The company has also added a slew of new features like ‘improved mail merge in Word’ along with support for external data connections in Excel. The Redmond giant also plans to provide regular updates along with new features for Mac users every quarter.

The productivity suite of apps works on Macs running OS X Yosemite. As already mentioned, it’ll be available as one-time purchase starting in September where Office 365 Personal would cost $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year for one PC, one smartphone and one tablet per account.

Meanwhile, Universal Office apps will exit preview and will be available along with Windows 10 when it launches on July 29. Though the full version of Office 2016 suite for Windows is still in preview and will be available this Friday.


In other related news, the Redmond giant recently rolled out its rebranded ‘Groove’ music streaming service for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, which can be downloaded via the Windows Store. Formerly known as Xbox Music, the company claims the renamed music streaming service has a massive library of over 40 million songs that will cost $9.99 a month or $99 a year.


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