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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

Microsoft Fully Drops Support for Office for Mac 2011

Wednesday October 11, 2017 11:27 am PDT by
Microsoft has officially ended support for Office for Mac 2011 as scheduled, nearly seven years after the software suite was first released. 2011 versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint will no longer receive feature or security updates as of October 10, 2017. Any form of paid or free technical support from Microsoft has also ended indefinitely. Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 still...

Fix Incoming for Google Drive Issue Preventing Many File Types From Opening in Apple's Files App [Updated]

Wednesday September 27, 2017 8:40 am PDT by
Since the Google Drive app for iOS was updated earlier this month, several iPhone and iPad users have been unable to open Microsoft Word documents and many other file types in Apple's Files app for iOS 11 or iCloud Drive app for iOS 10. Instead, when users with the Google Drive app installed attempt to open a DOCX file in the Files or iCloud Drive apps, for example, the Google Drive app...

Touch Bar Support in Microsoft Office for Mac Rolls Out to All Users

Thursday February 16, 2017 8:49 am PST by
Starting today, Microsoft Office users who own one of Apple's new 2016 MacBook Pro models can update their Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software to gain new Touch Bar integrations. Touch Bar support for Microsoft Office was first announced at Apple's October keynote event where the updated MacBook Pro with Touch Bar debuted. At that time, Microsoft outlined the Touch Bar's capabilities,...

Microsoft Previews Touch Bar Support For New MacBook Pros Running Office

Wednesday February 8, 2017 2:52 am PST by
During Apple's MacBook Pro keynote last October, Apple briefly mentioned that Microsoft was working on introducing support for the new Touch Bar across its suite of Office applications. While Microsoft has yet to officially roll out the support, Office users can opt to test the new Touch Bar features by becoming an "Office Insider", which is basically a public beta program. In Word, Touch ...

Microsoft Explains How Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook Work With Touch Bar

Friday October 28, 2016 4:59 am PDT by
Yesterday during its Hello Again event, Apple confirmed that the Microsoft Office suite of apps will be gaining support for Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, and now Microsoft has detailed what that will look like for each app. The company said that with Touch Bar support on Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, it's "continually evolving Office to take advantage of the latest and greatest...

Photoshop and Office 2016 Stability Fixes in the Works for macOS Sierra Users

Monday October 3, 2016 12:30 pm PDT by
Following the release of macOS Sierra last month, the latest operating system has caused some compatibility and stability issues with Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac that both companies are working to resolve. A growing number of users on Adobe's support community claim that Photoshop CC crashes when attempting to print projects after updating to macOS Sierra. Doug Thomson, ...

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

Friday January 22, 2016 6:04 am PST by
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. To sign up for the program on a Mac,...

OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 Public Release Coming Soon With Fixes for Office 2016, Mail, and More

Friday October 16, 2015 10:05 am PDT by
The upcoming OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan release, which is expected to be released in the very near future, will include a compatibility update for Microsoft Office 2016 to fix ongoing crashing issues, MacRumors has learned. Since OS X El Capitan was released in late September, some Office 2016 users have found the software to be nearly unusable due to frequent crashes or an inability to open the...