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Office 2016 comes along with plenty of updates for all its applications. Despite the competition, Microsoft Office is still the most modern office suite


The version of Microsoft's office suite full of updates

July 7, 2017
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The most famous office suite has arrived once again on Mac with a new version. Office 2016 comes along with all the updates that Microsoft has gradually implemented, integrating to the maximum extent the possibility of working on documents on the cloud. Everything is adapted to the OS X environment, but without forgetting about the features that make Office unmistakable.

Despite the new design, Office comes along with all its traditional tools.

Important updates for all its tools

All the programs that are part of the pack have been renovated:

  • Word: this tool incorporates new editing, review and shared use functions. The design and formats have also been updated.
  • Excel: a new interface and more functions than in the previous 2013 edition.
  • PowerPoint: the tool to create slideshows comes along with new transitions, a new task panel and new animations.
  • OneNote: the tool to create notes and synchronize them with your devices, wherever you are.
  • Outlook: new features such as storing online, synchronizing lists of categories or parallel calendars.

Despite the alternatives that pop up now and again for Microsoft's office suite, the truth is that it hardly has any competition. Even if you usually work on a Mac, you've probably forgotten all about Apple's office tools...

Why is it the best office suite?

Yes, even though you've got to pay to be able to use it, many users prefer it instead of free alternatives of the likes of LibreOffice. The reason has to do with its better performance and features, and that you have access to loads of more functions:

  • Functions for collaborative work: it comes along with functions strictly aimed at collaborative work so that several users can collaborate on the same document at the same time. Each member of the team can modify documents that others view in real time.
  • Guided work: the Tell Me function allows us to tell Excel, PowerPoint or Word what we want to do os that it can guide us through the entire process. Bing's smart search has a lot to do with this feature as we can view search results without leaving our document.
  • Synchronization with OneDrive: Microsoft's cloud storage service allows you to sync your office work from different devices, whether Mac, iPhone, Android or PC. You can work on them wherever you go.
  • Data Loss Prevention: to protect shared documents against infringements to the user policy.

Unlike previous versions, such as 2013 or 2010, here you won't have to pay to make use of the whole suite. It has implemented an online rental system by means of Office 365 so we only pay for the time we're going to use it, being able to contract different plans. There a one-month free trial but for such purpose, you'll need to register providing your payment details.

Requirements and additional information:

  • The trial periods lasts one month.
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Office 2016 Tips & Tricks

  • How to install and uninstall Office on Mac

    Installing Office 2016 is simple, has no complications of any kind, and the process is completed in a short time, although this will depend on your computer's speed. We have prepared this tutorial to guide you step-by-step

  • How to update Office for Mac

    Office is the office suite of choice for millions of users. Getting the latest updates on Mac is something that can be done in different ways. The easiest one is to check for an update in the App Store for Mac. To do this, tap the icon of this application, it is located by default in the dock, which is at the bottom of the screen. When there are updates of any program to be installed, a red number appears. Click on the App Store icon and check Updates to see if you have an update for Mac. If so, just tap on Install and the download and update will be installed.

  • What Office programs are available for Mac

    In its 2016 version for Mac, the programs available in Microsoft Office are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook, in addition to offering access to OneDrive online services, for cloud storage, and Skype, for communications with contacts. However, nowadays, it is possible to use Office for Mac in three different versions, as well as for those who use a PC. The possibilities of these common applications are varied, and before choosing any of the available options, we must know what each one offers. Each version offers a variable number of programs, very extensive in the Microsoft 365 Family and Microsoft 365 Personal options.

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