Microsoft Releases Free Office For Mac Preview

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Microsoft Office is so ingrained in the way we work today. It has made its presence in the mobile market, with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote applications for iOS as well as Android. Today Microsoft released a free preview of Microsoft Office for Mac.

The preview can be downloaded from the Microsoft Office Mac Preview web page, and will include all the usual Office goodies: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and Outlook. The preview supports Yosemite, each package will expire after 60 days of use, and will be updated by Microsoft as they begin to iron out bugs.

The new Office for Mac user interface is designed from the ground up to take advantage of the latest Mac features, including retina display and full-screen view support.

Of course Microsoft is looking for feedback, so there will be a smiley face in the corner of every program that will allow you to easily offer your opinion. It looks as though the biggest change to the Office suite is the signature flat Microsoft design language that we have all grown accustomed to, however there are some utility tweaks like improved keyboard shortcut capability in Excel, collaboration and improved design options in PowerPoint, as well as a few new features in Outlook.

OneDrive integration is a big feature that Microsoft is pushing, and naturally that comes with the collaboration features that were announced a few weeks ago. Microsoft says that the preview will be available and receiving updates until the middle of 2015 when the suite will be officially released.

What are your thoughts on Microsoft having a preview release of Office? Will you be helping them making it the best it can be for a the official release?

  Source: Microsoft
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