Microsoft is finally fixing the Office for Mac suite.
The company took the first step toward a very long-overdue update to Office for Mac with the launch of the Office for Mac 2016 preview. The latest versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint mark the first major update to the Mac lineup since 2011.
The new apps aim to bring the Mac versions up to par with their Windows counterparts in both design and functionality. As with other releases, Microsoft is using the preview period to get feedback on the software before pushing out the final release this summer.
Being a preview, the apps aren’t perfect but Microsoft tells us it expects the feature set will remain mostly unchanged and the user feedback will go toward making more minor tweaks and bug fixes. We’ve been testing out the new Office apps for several days now and can confirm they are a huge improvement.
We highlighted our 10 favorite features of the Office for Mac apps below — in GIFs (because everything is better in GIFs, right?)
And if you’re curious about taking the preview for a spin yourself, you can download the apps from Microsoft’s website. The suite is completely free while in preview (but will require an Office 365 subscription or perpetual license once they are formally released.)
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