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Office 2016 for Mac preview arrives

From top: PowerPoint, Excel, Word.

Today Microsoft announced Office 2016 for Mac, which is available as a free download. The final version will arrive this summer for subscribers to Office 365.

Office 2016 for Mac shares an unmistakably Office experience-but it is also thoughtfully designed to take advantage of the unique features of the Mac. The new apps offer full retina display support with thousands of retina-optimized graphics, full screen view for native immersive experiences, and even little Mac affordances like scroll bounce.

I spent a little while with the new apps this morning, and they look great. It’s a bit too early to judge speed—Word felt sluggish me, while Powerpoint felt speedy—but it’s nice to see a new version Office on the Mac after five years.