Microsoft Office for Mac Gets a Major Update

Microsoft has brought out all time major update to Office for the Mac’s. This update features the much-awaited real-time collaboration and automatic cloud saving features. Additionally, Office for Mac’s will be built from the same code-base as Windows, iOS, and Android systems. Notably, all three core Office apps – Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – have undergone some new changes as well.

Office 2016, released by Microsoft in 2015, often lagged behind Windows in terms of features. But with the new alignment of code-bases means better performance in the future. With a shared codebase, everything may not be the same, but it will be easier for Microsoft to support all the platforms from now on.

As for the new update, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Mac’s now support real-time editing. A thumbnail in the upper-right corner of the apps will showcase everyone who is collaborating on a shared document. In Word and PowerPoint flag icons will indicate areas where edits are taking place, while PowerPoint will also highlight any modified slides.

All the three core apps now also store files automatically in the cloud. Alongside the shared files, users can also view the updates others make instantly. Users also get the option to roll back to previous versions by going to version history.

Apart from the above common updates, Word does not get any major update. It does, however, get two “Remote Code Execution Vulnerability” security updates. Excel gets more charts such as funnel, sunburst, and histogram. It also has a new Map chart type that turns geographic data into a map with just a “few steps.” Excel also gets better support for PivotTable charts, and faster formula calculation. Meanwhile, PowerPoint gets a new QuickStarter feature that enables users to create an outline of content with suggested speaking topics, among other things. It also includes basic video editing tools, where users can trim the beginning and end of video clips. Users can now use a mouse as a laser pointer on PowerPoint.

When it comes to Microsoft Outlook, the update brings support for Google Calendar and Contacts. It has also added simpler archiving and deleting feature where users can swipe across the trackpad to delete or archive a message.