A new version of Microsoft’s Office for Mac software is set to be released in early 2015, adding support for Apple’s Mac Retina displays and packing a new design, a leaked slide from Microsoft claims.

The slide, made public by Chinese blog CNBeta, details the new version will be released in Q1 2015 and reportedly be called Office for Mac 16. It will be the first major update since Office for Mac 11, and probably to the satisfaction of many, pack a design closer to the Windows version of Office. Not that Mac fans are typical Microsoft-design diehards, but many love Office’s ability to handle and edit documents.

Past a new design and support for Retina displays, CNBeta shares details that Office for Mac 16 will gain support for Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Office 365, and SharePoint services. Furthermore, PowerPoint will be updated with a presenter view tool and Excel will add new functions for power-business users.


The report didn’t detail the pricing structure for the new Office for Mac, however it’s presumed to be a part of Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription plan. A subscription to Office 365 costs $10 per month, or $100 per year and gives you the right to download Office software to up to five computers. It’s a pricing model that Microsoft has used for Office for iPad.

Under new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadel, it’s clear the Redmond-based company is putting focus on its cloud services. Analyst Ross MacMillan of Jefferies predicts $4 billion of additional annual revenue for Microsoft from the Office unit very soon, and calls it one of the most important parts of the company.

Do you prefer Office over Apple’s iWork suite?

[CNBeta via AppleInsider]

  • Delis Encarnacion

    About damn time lol

  • Utrarunner5

    I definitely prefer iWork to Office. The only problem is compatibility and Excel and Numbers are completely different. I love them but with the rest of the world using Office it’s a bite the bullet moment for me.

  • Abi Manyu

    i prefer pages and keynote over ms word and ppt, but i have to admit that excel is on different level comparing to numbers.

  • Husam Hamed

    I hate the pricing.

    • James G

      It does come with unlimited OneDrive storage, though, which makes it at least a bit more compelling.

      But I guess if I was stuck paying $10/mo. since Office 2011 then that means $480 spent since the last update whereas it didn’t cost that much to buy a license outright when originally released.

  • ImperfectLion

    I honestly prefer iWork over Office but the only reason i am going to buy Office is because all my school work and presentations that i need to do are only supported on powerpoint or word (I have to put it on USB and open it on teachers windows computer because they have projector input)
    However, I always do my essays on pages just because its so simple and smooth and then copy it to word 😛

    • Kieran.Lillis

      You can always export a pages document to word. It only takes about 10 seconds and I’ve used it quite a lot for school. It works with keynote and numbers as well.

  • armyk

    Finally, now MahCad for MAC and I can stop virtualizing win

  • Sokrates


  • If only Mac OS X wasn’t a compatibility breaking haven, then one could just stick to their Office 2011 for Mac instead of being forced to cough up more cash to developers for compatibility updates…

  • Tarek

    I prefer office over iWork’s. But I use both. The main editing and exchange of documents with others I’d based on office. Well known and easy to get support and to support others.

    I use the apple products on the iPad if I am the only one using the documents. Typically for presentations I make that will be diaplayed directly to Apple TV. Then the native setup is easy to work with.

  • al7oot

    Personally I prefer ms word and excel to pages and numbers. But I’m using pages because it’s support right to left languages.