Microsoft Opens Early Access 'Office Insider' Program to Mac Users

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Microsoft has opened up its Office Insider program to users on Macs, following the launch of the service on Windows Desktop, Windows Mobile, and Android devices last November (via ZDNet). The program lets users who are signed up as Office 365 subscribers gain early access to new features and innovations within the suite of Microsoft Office applications.

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To sign up for the program on a Mac, all users need to do is opt-in to the Office Insider build within the latest Microsoft Auto Update pop-up box. Those who do choose to be a part of the testing will be about one to three weeks ahead of the final release for each new beta-testing feature, according to a few Microsoft officials. The company encourages those interested to check out the company's Office Insider information page to learn more about the early-access program.

Separately, Microsoft yesterday brought a suite of new features to the iPad and iPhone, introducing new drawing tools for the iOS devices that center on the use of 3D Touch for the iPhone 6s and the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. 3D Touch on the iPhone allows for access to Quick Actions from the home screen, while a draw tab can be found in each Office application on iPads to add personal notes and sketches to any document.

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61 months ago

It's nice to see Microsoft putting more of an emphasis on Mac users, however, since I discovered Evernote and the iWork suite, I almost never use Microsoft products anymore.

Funny, since Apple has been putting less and less emphasis on Mac users, I've been using Office and Windows 10 more and more.

*ducks*
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61 months ago
It's nice to see Microsoft putting more of an emphasis on Mac users, however, since I discovered Evernote and the iWork suite, I almost never use Microsoft products anymore.
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61 months ago
Not excited. Microsoft is long due for an updated release of Skype for Business (formerly Lync for Mac).
Their latest version is full of bugs showing poor programming skills.
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61 months ago

Like updating people's online status only when you scroll down and their name is visible on the screen?

Also, there is no Skype for business for Mac yet, is there?

Only promises to deliver in 2016-Q1...
Two months left...
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61 months ago
I was in the Windows Insider Program and have gotten to reinstall my system twice when they release "beta" versions that don't play nice with my (pretty basic) assortment of software and games.

I really don't want MS to screw up my MacBook with Insider/Beta versions of Office since I actually use it for day to day business.

I'll pass.
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