Outlook for Mac (redesgin, screenshot 001)

Microsoft in a post Friday over at the official Office blog announced immediate availability of a redesigned version of Outlook for Mac while confirming that a new version of Office for Mac will be ready in the first half of 2015 as a public beta, and in the second half of 2015 for public consumption.

Office 365 subscribers will get the next version of Office (which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) at no additional cost, the Windows giant said and added that it will release a perpetual license of Office for Mac in the same timeframe.

The new Outlook for Mac includes:

  • Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
  • A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
  • Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
  • Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
  • Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.
  • Faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange Web Services syncing.

The software is available to Office 365 commercial customers and Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal and Office 365 University subscribers.

If you’re an Office 365 Commercial customer, you can get the new Outlook for Mac by accessing their Office 365 Portal, (Gear icon > Office 365 Settings > Software > Outlook for Mac icon). Alternatively, visit the Software page.

Office 365 consumer subscribers should visit their My Account page to get the new Outlook. Folks who already have Office for Mac 2011 and Outlook for Mac 2011 installed on their Mac should check out Microsoft’s support document for more information.

[The Office Blog]

  • pauleebe

    I’m not going to pay a subscription for a subpar email client.

    Pass.

    • *a “subpar” email client, bundled with the world’s leading document productivity suite and unlimited NSA cloud storage.

      There, fixed it for you…

      • pauleebe

        I won’t disagree that on Windows, the Office Suite rocks.

        It’s severely stunted on OS X, and the subscription model needs to die off.

      • I personally would never subscribe to Office 365 ’cause I never use cloud storage for my personal files, and I already have a non-subscription copy of Office 2013 Home and Business (1 license).

        The subscription model is optional, thankfully…maybe not on the competing platform side (just like iWork is web only on the competing platforms).

      • Juline An

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    • Ian Leon

      i actually get office 365 free from school

  • James G

    Another year for an update to Excel and PowerPoint? Dang.

  • Chris Tangler

    once you get apple mail setup correctly (this isn’t as easy as it sounds, at least not for the way i want it to work), apple mail is far superior than outlook!!

    • What makes it superior? I only know of Microsoft living in the 90s when it comes to contact cards (up till today, can’t store more than 3 e-mails and phone numbers per contact in Outlook or even hotmail webmail).