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Microsoft releases Office 2016 Mac Preview

Microsoft has released the Office 2016 Mac Preview, which promises to bring platform parity to the Office experience.

Office for Mac has felt a little dated for some time thanks to the understandably slicker experience currently available over on Windows 8.

Microsoft is looking to address that disparity with the launch of Office 2016 for Mac, and it’s just offered up a preview version to get things started.

Over on the official Office blog, the company has outlined some of the advancements it has made.

Most notable is the updated UI, which offers “an unmistakably Office experience” similar to the Office app for Windows 10, with a redesigned ribbon and a refreshed task pane. However, this Mac version has also been “thoughtfully designed to take advantage of the unique features of the Mac.”

These supported features include full Retina display support, a full-screen view, and little OS X UI touches like scroll bounce.

Office 2016 for Mac offers updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. It has also been built on the cloud – specifically Microsoft’s OneDrive – which means that you’ll be able to access your documents from anywhere.

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All in all, it’s more proof of Microsoft’s revitalised focus on cross-platform usability.

Office 2016 for Mac Preview is available to download now, with a full release due for the second half of 2015.

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