office for mac

Microsoft has released the public beta of Office for Mac 2016 on its Microsoft Office webpage, most notably bringing a redesign and Retina support to the suite of apps. The beta can be downloaded for free and provides an alternative to Apple’s iWork suite.

Office for Mac 2016 is the first major update since Office for Mac 11, and probably to the satisfaction of many, packs 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.

The beta is a whopping 2.5GB download and takes close to 6GB of your hard drive space after it installs. We’ve installed the beta, and many of the apps pack a slick new look that honestly gives iWork a run for its money.

Under new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadel, it’s clear the 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.

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. Right now the beta doesn’t require a subscription.

In October, the Redmond-based company released a revamp to its Outlook for Mac product.

Microsoft says the public version of Office for Mac 2016 will be released in the second half of 2015.

You can download the beta from Microsoft’s website. It’s supported only on the very latest version of Mac OS X, Yosemite (10.10).

Source: Microsoft

  • Linton Findlay

    What happened to office where you didn’t need a subscription-.- any notable new features?

    • Was just going to post that. I don’t get the subscription thing at all! Such a huge ripoff, I’ll stick to the old editions that still work just as well as the new ones.

      • Linton Findlay

        Exactly I’ve got the standard 2013 edition for windows, and didn’t really notice any new features apart from a design

    • Jason Frost

      Office still doesn’t need a subscription – you’ve always been able to buy Office as a perpetual license if you want to, you just don’t benefit from the Office 365 features (such as Office on Demand). This didn’t change with Office 2013, and it’s still not changing with Office 2016.

    • Maybe exclusive to the Windows platform, whereas competing platforms get a freemium version. I didn’t need no subscription to use Office 2013 on my Surface Pro.

  • Zzyzxd

    Is this build 32-bit or 64-bit? I can’t live with 32-bit Outlook with thousands of my email.

    • rasiquiz

      OS X stopped supporting 32-bit years ago, where have you been?

      • Paul Nelson

        OS X still supports 32-bit and will do for a while yet. They stopped supporting PowerPC years ago though.

      • Zzyzxd

        I really do think I keeps myself updated, sir. But still I downloaded all of it and opened terminal and hope that I might be wrong. However the attached screenshot was what I got. So don’t expect smooth scrolling/zooming, large mailbox or whatsoever, it is simply the old Office with a fancy new theme.

  • rasiquiz

    “Yosemite Only” —.—

  • iViperzLTD

    I’m currently using this via my free Office 365 university subscription, and to be honest and in my opinion, the only thing that’s noticeably changed is cloud support and redesign, making everything look nicer. I like it but having waited 4 years for this update is kind of a let down if anything.

  • Running the OS X 10.10.3 beta and all of them crash on launch.

    • Sketch

      So? That’s what happens when you use a beta…

    • Utrarunner5

      well thats awkward. I guess the betas don’t like each other

    • SMH

      You’re using a beta OS and a beta program. What did you expect? stability?

      • Well obviously I didn’t expect everything to run smoothly but for none of them to even launch seems a little odd.

    • Chris Oswald

      They run fine on my 10.10.3 machines (2012 iMac, 2013 Air).

      • Hmm. It looks like a dialog pops up asking for keychain access and then it crashes 1 second later for me. Did that same box pop up for you initially?

      • Chris Oswald

        Yes, the program is asking to use your MS login saved from a previous version of office. Maybe delete your MS login info. From keychain, and try opening them again.

    • RubberDuckZilla

      Last sentence of the post reads “You can download the beta from Microsoft’s website. It’s supported only on the very latest version of Mac OS X, Yosemite (10.10).” loll just saying.

      • Well yeah but the new Yosemite build really shouldn’t be that different from the current version. It’s just an update, not an entire operating system upgrade.

      • RubberDuckZilla

        sometimes when the updates happens they change core compatibility things that just doesn’t make sense. This seems to be the case here as well, go figure.

  • kαnαv

    Download keeps getting stopped at 88.1MB, guess the servers are overloaded, I’ll try again tonight

  • Skip

    Don’t bother trying to download it. It doesn’t work. Seems the servers are overloaded. Download just stops randomly for no reason.

  • vivalaivsca

    This is the slowest download ever. 24 hours even at 16 mbps down. =(

  • Sam

    Why is there no Microsoft Access in this suite?

  • Chris

    It’s a bit disappointing that you need to connect OneDrive manually, aside from that it works almost as good as a final release.

  • Bruce Rahmani

    Did anyone find a fix for outlook crashing at startup?