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Microsoft Office to Become 'Microsoft 365' in Biggest Brand Overhaul in More Than 30 Years

Thursday October 13, 2022 2:58 am PDT by
Microsoft Office will soon officially be renamed "Microsoft 365," in the biggest rebranding of the company's office productivity software in more than 30 years (via The Verge). You may have heard of Microsoft 365 already – that's because Microsoft renamed Office 365 subscriptions to Microsoft 365 two years ago. But in the coming months,, the Office mobile app, and the Office ...
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Office 2021 for Mac Available October 5 With New Collaborative Features

Friday October 1, 2021 8:25 am PDT by
Microsoft today announced that Office 2021 for Mac will be released on October 5 with many new features. The suite of Office 2021 apps available on Mac includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, with the option for Outlook. Office 2021 includes many of the collaboration features already available to Microsoft 365 subscribers, such as real-time co-authoring of documents and Microsoft...
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Microsoft Office 2021 Coming to macOS and Windows Later This Year

Thursday February 18, 2021 11:23 am PST by
Microsoft today announced the upcoming launch of Office 2021, which is set to launch later this year for both Windows and Mac machines. The 2021 version of the software is aimed at customers who do not want to use the cloud-based Microsoft 365 options. There's no detail on the features that might be included in Office 2021, but Microsoft plans to support it for five years through its...
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Microsoft's Unified Office App for Mobile Now Compatible With iPad

Monday February 15, 2021 8:45 pm PST by
Microsoft's Office app for iOS has been updated today to version 2.46 with support for iPadOS, bringing the unified Office experience of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to Apple's tablet platform. Office is now available on iPad: We're combining the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps you know into a single, iPadOS-optimized app. Plus, you’ll see additional tools to keep you more productive than...
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Microsoft Excel for iPad Now Supports Split View, Word Gains Full Trackpad Support, and PowerPoint Offers Presenter Coaching

Tuesday January 12, 2021 12:04 am PST by
Microsoft today released updates to its suite of Office apps for iPad, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Notably, Excel for ‌‌iPad‌‌ now supports Split View, which allows you to open two spreadsheets simultaneously side-by-side to view and edit. Word and PowerPoint received support for Split View in May 2020. Split View can be accessed by touching and holding on a spreadsheet document ...
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Microsoft Releases Office for Mac With Apple Silicon Compatibility, Universal Build Still in Beta [Updated]

Thursday November 12, 2020 3:01 am PST by
Following Apple's unveiling this week of M1-powered Macs, Microsoft has released a new version of its Mac Office 2019 for Mac that includes support for macOS Big Sur and compatibility with Apple Silicon machines. This means the latest release of apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive can be installed and run on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch...

Microsoft Updates Office Apps for iPad With Mouse and Trackpad Support

Monday October 26, 2020 12:11 pm PDT by
Microsoft today announced that the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel apps for iPad are receiving updates that will allow them to use the trackpad and mouse support in iPadOS. The apps will feature a cursor that transforms into the tool that's needed depending on the context of what you're pointing to for easy cursor control, fluid navigation, and precise adjustments. Microsoft says that the...

Microsoft Begins Beta Testing Trackpad Support in Word and Excel Apps for iPad

Tuesday September 29, 2020 6:40 am PDT by
Microsoft this week began testing mouse and trackpad support in the latest beta versions of its Word and Excel apps for iPad. The functionality was introduced in version 2.42 of each app, available through Apple's beta testing service TestFlight. Mouse and trackpad support provides rich visual feedback when editing documents or spreadsheets. When using a trackpad, the cursor displays as a...
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New Version of Microsoft Office Coming Next Year That Won't Require a Subscription

Thursday September 24, 2020 1:53 am PDT by
Microsoft will next year offer a new perpetual release of Microsoft Office for Mac and Windows that doesn't require a subscription to use, according to the software giant (via Windows Central). "Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021," said Microsoft in a blog post announcing the next version of its Exchange server,...
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Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for iPad Now Support Split View

Sunday May 10, 2020 10:37 pm PDT by
Microsoft today released updates to its suite of Office apps for iPad, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Notably, Word and PowerPoint for ‌iPad‌ now support Split View, which allows you to open two documents simultaneously side-by-side. Split View can be accessed by touching and holding on a document in any file view and then dragging it to the left or right side of the screen. To exit...
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Microsoft to Add Trackpad Support to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Apps on iPad

Friday May 8, 2020 5:35 am PDT by
Microsoft plans to add trackpad and mouse support to its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPad by the fall, according to TechCrunch and The Verge. iPadOS 13.4 introduced trackpad and mouse support on all iPad models released in the past four to five years. Keyboards with trackpads include Apple's Magic Keyboard and Brydge's Pro+ for the iPad Pro and Logitech's Combo for the 10.2-inch iPad...
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Microsoft Testing iPadOS Multi-Window Support in Word and PowerPoint

Thursday April 30, 2020 1:51 am PDT by
Since iPadOS 13 was released last year, Apple has included native suppport for opening two or more windows in the same application to view them side by side. Since then, more and more third-party apps have been building in multi-window support, and now Microsoft is beta testing its own versions for Word and PowerPoint on iPad. The ability to display two documents next to each other is...
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Microsoft Office App Released for iPhone, Combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Wednesday February 19, 2020 6:44 am PST by
Following beta testing, Microsoft today released its new Office app for iPhone, bringing together Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in a single app. The main benefit of the unified Office app is that it requires only a single download with a much smaller file size, but it does have a few unique features, including camera integration for easily converting photos of documents and tables into Word...
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Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Apps Redesigned With Simplified Three-Tab Layout on iPhone

Monday February 10, 2020 5:42 am PST by
Microsoft today updated its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone with a simplified three-tab layout. The three tabs include Home, New, and Open: Home: Sign in to your Microsoft account and view recent documents, spreadsheets, or presentations New: Create a new document, spreadsheet, or presentation with various templates to choose from Open: Open an existing document,...

Microsoft Introduces Unified Office App for iOS and Android

Monday November 4, 2019 5:30 am PST by
Microsoft today announced a new Office app for iOS and Android that brings together the functionality of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in a single app. The new app, currently available as a preview, simplifies working with different types of documents while also bringing in some new features to enhance productivity. The Office app provides a simple, integrated experience that puts the tools you...
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Microsoft Office Launching Soon on Mac App Store [Update: Out Now]

Thursday January 24, 2019 7:01 am PST by
Last June at WWDC, Apple revealed that Microsoft Office and its suite of apps would finally be launching on the Mac App Store, without giving a specific launch date. That launch now appears imminent as iOS App Stores in select countries have updated with a new feature referencing the availability of Microsoft Office on the ‌Mac App Store‌. Image via @agpiveteau Specifically, in Switzerland...
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Microsoft Office Apps Now Support Dark Mode on macOS Mojave

Tuesday December 11, 2018 3:00 pm PST by
Microsoft today updated its suite of Office for Mac apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, with support for Dark Mode on macOS Mojave and several other new features. The updates are available to both Office 365 subscribers and to users who purchased Office 2019 for Mac as a one-time purchase. The update also makes it easier to insert a photo from an iPhone or iPad into a...
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Dark Mode Coming to Microsoft Office for Mac

Wednesday October 31, 2018 3:16 am PDT by
With the release of macOS Mojave in September, Apple introduced a Dark Mode to its desktop operating system that some users prefer the look of, or just find more forgiving on the eyes. Many third-party apps have followed suit with their own darkened interfaces, and now it looks like a similar interface option is also headed for Microsoft Office. MS PowerPoint in Dark Mode Microsoft Office...
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Microsoft Office Experiencing Activation Issues on Mac and PC [Fixed]

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:21 am PDT by
Microsoft Office appears to be experiencing activation issues on both Mac and PC today, according to several user reports on Twitter. MacRumors also received emails from multiple readers affected. At least some Office 365 subscribers who have attempted to use Word, Outlook, and other apps in the Microsoft Office suite have been prompted to reactivate their license, but the process fails to...

Microsoft Debuts Office 2019 Preview for Mac Enterprise Users

Tuesday June 12, 2018 11:26 am PDT by
Microsoft today announced the launch of a new Office 2019 for Mac Preview, which is available starting today for its commercial customers. Office 2019 for Mac, which includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote, is the next perpetual update to Office for Mac and will ship alongside Office 2019 for Windows during the second half of 2018. The new software is designed ...