Microsoft releases Office 2016 for the Mac, sort of
Microsoft isn’t really everyone’s cup of tea with some of the drastic measures taken to its mobile division lately. The company is clearly on a roll in reinventing its approach to the software business, and we’ve seen it in the way it neglects its own platform for some early product launches for competitors. The biggest example of this is how the company has pushed new versions of Office apps and Outlook for iOS and Android, while leaving Windows Phone in the dirt, and today things go a step further.
Microsoft has just announced the launch of Office 2016 for the Mac, which brings new and updated versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to OS X users. This new version brings Office for the Mac up to speed with the UI changes that Windows and iPad users have been using for a few months now. Full screen view in addition to multi-touch gestures are also included in this update for OS X users. Sadly, as with everything Microsoft, there is a catch here. Office 2016 for the Mac is currently only available to Office 365 users, regardless if you’re on a Personal or Home account. Those of you interested in acquiring Office 2016 for a fixed price will have to wait, as Redmond doesn’t plan to launch that until September.
Good news for those of you paying for Office 365, and for the rest of us, there’s always Office 2011.