Office 2016 for Mac launches today

Office 2016 for Mac launches today! 

It's currently available only for Office 365 subscribers, but the preview versions of the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint are still available for all. Read on for more details about the new version of Office for Mac and the new preview versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Welcome to our Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 release date, price, system requirements and preview article. We be bringing you everything you need to know about the new version of Office for Mac so you can know exactly when the new Office 2016 for Mac is coming out and how much Office 2016 


for Mac will cost.

The new Office for Mac 2016 update to Microsoft's office software suite was launched today, 9 July 2015.
Office for Mac 2016 will initially be available only for subscribers to Microsoft's Office 365 programme, and in every country where that program runs except Turkey. Microsoft representatives told us that Office for Mac 2016 will be launched as a standalone software product - as a boxed product or as a download - in September, approximately two months after the main launch.
The updated Office software products feature a number of new features, including a greater focus on co-authoring and other collaborative features, and stronger unity across multiple platforms. In theory an Office user from PC should be able to jump on a similarly equipped Mac and start working straight away, given how closely aligned the two interfaces have been designed.
Of course, we know most of the product details already, having tried out the previews extensively since March (more on the previews below and in the individual preview articles above), but the company pointed out that it has made numerous tweaks to the preview versions based on the thousands of pieces of feedback it has received from the trial programme: "Since the start of the preview in March, we released 7 updates and improved the performance and stability of the applications, and added features like improved Mail Merge in Word, Propose New Time in Outlook, and support for External Data Connections in Excel."
"The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team.
"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
Will my Mac run the Office for Mac 2016 preview?



You just need to be running Yosemite, which rules out any Macs that can’t run Yosemite.

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)


How can I get the Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac preview?




  • Click Download now
  • The download took about 20 minutes and weighed in at 2.66GB, however the installation will take up 5.62GB of space on your Mac
  • Once you have downloaded a build of Office for Mac 2016 find the OfficePreview.pkg in your Downloads folder and copy the build to your desktop
  • Click on the package and follow the installation prompts, agreeing to the software license agreement
  • You will need to close any Office applications you have open.
  • The install took just one minute.
  • Close the installer window once the install is complete


The following Macs should therefore be able to run Yosemite:
You will find the relevant applications in the Applications folder – they won’t be inside a Office folder like the Microsoft Office 2011 apps, they will be lose in the Applications folder.
The company says that the preview will be updated regularly and that users will be notified to updates via the Mac Auto-Update tool, so look out for updates.
Remember this is a Preview, which is, in other words, ‘Beta’. Microsoft says: “Some features aren't final or may not work. We recommend that you always download and run the latest update so that you are using the most up to date features.”


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