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Office 2016 for Mac has arrived

Excel 2016

Microsoft’s launched Office 2016 for Mac, with new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. If you’re an Office 365 subscriber, you’ve already got it; otherwise you won’t be able to purchase it until September.

Honestly, I’ve barely touched Office at all since leaving Macworld, and by the time I left we were only really using it for specific projects like our Superguides. But in all too many fields, Office is still the de facto standard (especially when it comes to inter-platform compatibility).

Kudos to Microsoft for continuing to not only support the Mac platform, but also walking the fine line between providing parity across platforms while also trying to take advantage of features like multitouch, fullscreen view, and Retina support. (Although I’m not sure, looking at images on Microsoft’s site, whether you can say the apps look particularly Mac-like.)

[More Info: Jason wrote about the release at the Supersite today and took a first look at Office 2016 for Mac back in March.]