Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced that a new and larger Office version for Macs next year. The company also launched a new Outlook version for Mac that will be available to Office 365 users.
Though Mac users are satisfied with the current version of Microsoft’s software, it has not been updated since 2010 when Mac 2011 was released in the market. The new version is visually appealing and has been offered to the users for free. The new design is in tune with the company’s mobile and PC designs and would look good on flat-screen computers. Microsoft stated that it will have more plans in the future and the new Outlook has been just the beginning.
Apart from the functionality of Outlook, the software has been revamped in terms of performance and reliability when compared to the older version. The company has been running regular tests to make sure that there are no bugs or issues. Office 365 users will be the first to get the new version of Outlook. Office 265 commercial users can get the new version by accessing Gear icon -> Office 365 Settings -> Software -> Outlook for Mac icon while Office 365 Home and other users can get it via their Account page.
Microsoft is in the process of developing Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for the Mac version. The company released the public beta on Friday and the final release will be available by the second half of 2015. The company has promised that a standalone version for Mac that will be available for free to Office 365 commercial and consumer subscribers during the same time. The announcement has become a surprise to Mac users as the company usually releases a new version six to eight months after release in Windows.
“Made the conscious decision to prioritize mobile first and cloud first scenarios,” said Microsoft. The company is also focusing on giving regular updates to its apps on iOS, Android and Windows operating systems.
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