Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Mar 2015 19:52 UTC

It's slowly approaching five years since Microsoft first released Office for Mac 2011 in October 2010. While a final version of Office 2016 for Mac isn't ready just yet, Microsoft is announcing a preview program today for Mac users to get an early look at the company's work. Microsoft has been doing some great work with Office, bringing it to the iPad, extending it to Dropbox, and even acquiring impressive apps like Acompli to power Office on iOS and Android. Office 2016 for Mac is the latest result of Microsoft's focus on cross-platform apps, and it finally matches its Windows equivalent.

Considering Office is the primary tool for my work - and thus, my livelihood depends on it - I recently jumped from Office 2011 to Office 2013. However, I decided to not buy the traditional software package, opting for an Office 365 subscription instead. For €99 a year, you get the full Office 2013 suite, and you can install it on 5 PCs and 5 tablets/phones. So, as a heavy user, I'm very glad Office for Mac is finally getting a new version. For us Office 365 subscribers - we get this new version "for free".

Now that I've made the jump to Office as a subscription, I wonder how I ever did without.

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RE: Reasons for requiring office?
by sergio on Fri 6th Mar 2015 16:58 UTC in reply to "Reasons for requiring office?"
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Well, besides stupid Ms lock-in, Office is simply the best tool for the job. It works and It's pretty good.

At work I must use Symphony or OpenOffice... and they are just AWFUL... full of bugs, horrible GUI, unstable. And I'm not a journalist or a writer, I'm just a unix admin that barely use office suites... but I hate every minute I have to use them. ;)

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