Office 2016 has officially been launched for Mac computers. The productivity suite has been available as a consumer preview for a while now, and brings the same features as its Windows counterpart. Anyone who currently has an active Office 365 subscription can simply download and install the new Office suite the same way they would on any other computer.
Office 2016 for Mac does all the things one would expect from Microsoft Office, and even brings with it Windows style keyboard shortcuts for navigation. Also included is OneDrive integration, which allows users direct access to their files stored on Microsoft’s cloud storage service.
There are few surprises here, and it would appear that Microsoft’s plan to expand its services to other platforms is going well. More importantly, it now means that Office will be able to continue its dominance as the world’s most popular productivity suite; especially considering how it is now also available on mobile platforms as well.
One interesting thing is the timing of the release, as it coincides with the public beta for Mac OS X El Capitan. It could be a coincidence, but also could be some careful planning from Microsoft. Office 2016 is available as part of the Office 365 subscription, which is currently sold for RM299.99/year for five PCs or Macs, fives tablets including iPad, Android or Windows plus 5 phones. A single perpetual license version of Office 2016 will be announced later in September 2015.