Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016

Offers Mac's latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook.

Microsoft Office 2016 is a tool set for the most commonly used office applications. It offers modern versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook, which are now easier to use thanks to their enhanced functionalities. The users will appreciate the support for full Retina display, the multi-touch gestures, and the full screen view. The ribbon interface is also updated, resembling Windows Office 2013 for a stronger unity and collaboration across multiple platforms. The cloud support represents a major asset, providing the ability to access recent documents from other devices and edit them remotely from where they were left off.

Word for Mac 2016 features major improvements. The large tabbed toolbar displayed on top of every document has been thoroughly revamped. There are a series of new tabs that gather close-related editing tools for a better and unitary focus when performing the desired tasks. The app offers several templates to help you edit specific types of documents more easily. What is noticeable about these templates is that they can be customized with various themes, color schemes, and the addition of new elements. A separate tab has been assigned to the e-mail function, so you can send personalized messages directly from the app. The new release includes a handy navigation pane that helps you manage multi-page documents with ease. You will also appreciate the convenient collaborative feature that enables multiple users to work on the same document. A history of all changes and the comments appended by each author can be recalled at any moment.

Microsoft Excel 2016 comes with sophisticated analysis tools to help you with advanced statistical and engineering calculations. In addition, it integrates plenty of equations patterns to fill in with custom numerical values. Obviously, you can type your own equations, which can be further edited in a different tab without needing to leave Excel. You can save your work as a file with a default extension, send the spreadsheets to the available printer, or export the document to PDF. When saving to PDF, a single PDF file with multiple sheets is created automatically. Something worth being mentioned is that Excel for Mac now supports most keyboard shortcuts that Windows users are familiar with. Therefore, you can use either ctrl-c or cmd-c, as well as ctrl-v or cmd-v to copy and, respectively, paste data.

Similarly to Word, PowerPoint functionalities include the collaboration and the threaded comments features that allow for co-authoring the same document. The revamped Presenter View lets you move to any slide of your presentation randomly. The thumbnail preview for each slide allows you to select with ease the image you wish to display. New transition effects and new animations are waiting for you to discover in PowerPoint’s latest release.

Mac’s digital notebook OneNote remains the same handy collector of information on the fly, now improved with the useful OCR function for documents sent to the cloud. Outlook for Mac has also been enhanced with new features, such as the side-by-side display of two calendars that helps you notice if there are any overlapping evens. In addition, you are provided with a better preview of the incoming messages, displaying the first sentence right under the subject line.

The latest version of the Office suite of applications offers significant improvements. The products are more user-oriented for a better and convenient managing of the features provided. The ribbons have been thoroughly revamped, so you can find the functionalities you are looking for with ease and become more productive The OneDrive integration is a great asset, giving you the ability to access your documents from the cloud at any moment from wherever you might be. The users who are familiar with Windows Office won't encounter any difficulty in using the new Mac's office tools, since the interfaces and the shortcut keys are still rather similar. The products have been optimized for Yosemite and El Capitan, yet they remain incompatible with early operating systems.

Ioana Dumitrescu
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Review summary


  • Redesigned ribbon interface
  • OneDrive integration
  • Handy collaborative feature
  • Full Retina display
  • Templates for specific types of documents
  • OCR integration in OneNote


  • Support only for Yosemite and El Capitan
  • Some tools may close unexpectedly
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