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Jan192018

Office 2016 for Mac Marks a Major Milestone with Version 16 Release

A new version of Office 2016 for Mac version 16.9.0 and Build 18011602 released today brings along a number of new features, security updates and non-security regular updates.

This new release marks a milestone because for the first time all versions of Office now share the same code base.

Updates are available from Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU). To use MAU, start an Office application, such as Word, and then choose Help -> Check for Updates. Microsoft notes, because the AutoUpdate provides updates for Office 2016 for Mac, Office for Mac 2011, Skype for Business on Mac, and Lync for Mac 2011. Therefore, a notification to update Microsoft AutoUpdate will also appear even to those who are not running Office 2016 for Mac.

Admin who want to update the computers in their organization can use existing software deployment tools, to download and deploy the update packages for each application.

Here is a list of updates available for Office 2016 for Mac:

Word 2016:

  • Edit with others in real time: Thumbnails in the upper-right corner of the window show who else is working with you in a shared document. Flag icons show where others are working and you can view changes as they type.
  • We save for you! Changes are saved automatically for documents, worksheets, and presentations stored in the cloud, and you can see others’ updates in seconds. Need to roll back? Check the version history for a list of changes and access to earlier versions.
  • Quickly access your sites and groups: Quickly find presentations stored in your frequently used sites and groups in the Open menu.

New in Excel:

  • Collaborative editing: Work with others at the same time in your workbook. Thumbnails in the upper-right corner of the window show who else is viewing or editing the file with you.
  • We save for you! Changes are saved automatically for documents, worksheets, and presentations stored in the cloud, and you can see others’ updates in seconds. Need to roll back? Check the version history for a list of changes and access to earlier versions.
  • More charts: Use new charts, such as funnel, sunburst and histogram, to transform your data into professional visualizations, or use the new Map chart type to transform geographic data into a map with just a few steps.
  • More functions: Shorten the formulas you write using the new logical functions IFS and SWITCH.
  • Quickly access your sites and groups: Quickly find presentations stored in your frequently used sites and groups in the Open menu.
  • Better support for PivotTable charts: Change your filters in a PivotTable, and the chart you created will automatically adjust to show exactly what you want.
  • Multi-threaded calculation Formulas are updated faster when values are changed, because Excel uses multiple processing threads.

New in PowerPoint:

  • Edit with others in real time: Thumbnails in the upper-right corner of the window show who else is working with you in a shared document. Flag icons show where others are working and you can view changes as they type.
  • We save for you! Changes are saved automatically for documents, worksheets, and presentations stored in the cloud, and you can see others’ updates in seconds. Need to roll back? Check the version history for a list of changes and access to earlier versions.
  • See what’s changed: Slides that have been modified by others while you were away are highlighted.
  • A quick start to your research: Starting from scratch is hard. QuickStarter automatically creates an outline for your topic of choice with suggested talking points and designs that make your presentation pop.
  • Trim media: Remove unwanted content from the beginning or end of an audio or video clip.
  • Quickly access your sites and groups: Quickly find presentations stored in your frequently used sites and groups in the Open menu.
  • Laser pointer in Slide Show: Use your mouse as a laser pointer to draw attention to certain parts of your slide.

New in Outlook:

  • Archive or delete with just one swipe: Save time organizing your Inbox by swiping left with two fingers across the touchpad to archive an email or swiping right to delete it.
  • Support for Google Calendar and Contacts: No need to move between apps! Manage your Google Calendar and Contacts without leaving Outlook.

You can see full list of all Office 2016 for Mac releases and additional download links in the Update history for Office 2016 for Mac page.

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