Monday, 16 November 2015

Office 2016 For Mac - These Are The New Features

Office 2016 for Mac offers several interesting innovations, especially for professionals. The new version works optimally with the cloud and the Windows version of Office 2016th

Microsoft not only Office 2016 for Windows available, but in parallel also the version for OS X. Thus, it is the first time for years finally a common version for both operating systems, which interact perfectly with each other and their documents are compatible with each other. Especially companies benefit if they use Macs parallel to Windows PCs. Because with the new version, users get also common features and the same operating options. The surface is almost identical, but differs in one capacity or another, for example when it comes to the new intelligent search or search in the ribbon. These functions remain the Windows version reserved.

Microsoft has finally made it into the new version that documents also are compatible between the different systems and the representation or calculations do not differ. So it does not matter whether a document with Office 2016, edited and read for Windows or Office 2016 for Mac. Alone this advantage already justifies the joint operation of Office 2016 in the enterprise. However, at present Publisher, and Access in the new version is only available on PCs. For OS X versions, however, are announced. Also Project is currently not yet available in the current version for Mac OS X. Microsoft has also OneDrive for Business currently not yet been completed, so that this client is missing. This also applies to Skype for Business. Here users have to rely on the outdated version of Lync 2011th.

 Installation Requirements

Compared to Office 2011 for Mac Office 2016 offers a complete retread and improved surface. However, the numerous innovations in Office 2016 for Windows are not available in the Mac version.

This enables users to install Office 2016 on your Mac, this at least with OS X 10:10 Yosemite has to be operated. In conjunction with El Capitan can currently come to stability problems. Microsoft has indeed already updates published that address these problems, they are not fully resolved, however. After you upgrade to 10.11.1 and installing newer patches but for Office 2016, the two products should better get along, but again, the Internet is full of questions about related issues between Office 2016 for Mac and Mac OS X 10.11 / 10:11 .1 .

Microsoft offers updates for Office programs. From Version 15.16.0 run this partly stable with OS X together, but there are still problems. Generally it is recommended to either currently rely on the combination of Mac OS X 10.10 and Office 2011/2016, or on Mac OS X 10.11 / 10.11.1 and Office 2011. The update of Office for Mac 2016 will be held from Microsoft AutoUpdate. Admins who want to update multiple Macs, but they can also be downloaded separately and thus update different Macs. Microsoft AutoUpdate is started automatically when users start an Office 2016 program for the first time.

In addition to the Mac versions, Microsoft also Office 2016 apps for smartphones and tablets, including iPad and iPhone. This allows the shared work simultaneously on multiple devices. However, the data in Microsoft cloud storage OneDrive must be saved, iCloud Drive is not supported as cloud storage. The surface of the iOS apps corresponds to the opportunities which also offer Office 2016 for Mac OS X on the whole.

Office 2016 As A Subscription With Office 365

Who refers Office 2016 an Office 365 subscription, already has an OneDrive cloud storage space with a capacity of one terabyte. In the best variant Office 2016 will cost 69 Euro private versions. That's cheaper than, for example, at Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud has to pay only for the storage of this magnitude. It is particularly favorable Office 365 for students and faculty. You pay 79 euros for four years and can be used in 2016 on two computers and tablets, as well as on two smartphones Office. Who wants to use Office 2016 with multiple Macs or PCs privately, accesses Office 365 Home for 99 Euro per year. This Office can be installed on five computers, tablets and smartphones. Who is not interested in cloud storage, Office 2016 can in the Home & Student version for 149 euros or the Business version for 279 euros to purchase.

For companies is the use of Office 2016 from 8.80 euros per user per month. Companies who wish to use only Office online, pay 4.20 euros per user per month.

New Outlook - Access To Exchange 2016 And Office 365

Most users should probably altered the surface that is especially useful if you also use Outlook 2016th The old version of Outlook 2011 was not very user-friendly. In the new version allows emails much better manage, as well as with Outlook 2016 in Windows.

Also, lets Outlook 2016 with Exchange optimally also the new version Exchange 2016 and Office 365, connect. This is where Outlook 2016 for Windows, however, on the new protocol MAPI HTTPS which is faster, more stable and safer than outdated HTTPS RPC version. The Protocol is only in conjunction with Exchange 2013 SP1 / 2016 and Office 365 available, and only if users are running Outlook 2016 for Windows. Companies that put still on older versions of Exchange, Outlook 2016 with RPC bind / HTTPS. A configuration is not necessary for this; Outlook 2016 automatically detects which protocol can best be used.

Outlook 2016 for Mac uses Exchange Web Services (EWS). For users, the connection does not differ, they can work with Outlook 2016 like in connecting via MAPI. The data to be synchronized and the parallel operation present no problems.

For Outlook 2016 works with Exchange and Office 365, the Auto Discovery function should be configured in the area. The new Outlook version is no longer supported in Windows manual configuration of Exchange accounts. On Mac computers, users can manually configure the Exchange server with the connection but still.

However, it should be ensured even when using OS X that Auto Discovery function optimally. Without the correct auto configuration also get Mac users messages that need to be confirmed and the mess. Is Auto Discovery optimally configured, the connection is working much better.

Many features such as enhanced search, or better Attaching Files has Microsoft Windows version of Outlook 2016 reserved. Nevertheless, Outlook's better to operate under OS X thanks to new surface. In the new version the archive mailbox is finally supported in Exchange and the performance in the data transfer between server and client. E-mails are delivered much faster when connecting to Office 365 and Exchange.

Also the accesses to categories including name and color have been incorporated. Generally fall at various points to improvements that improve the work with Outlook 2016 for Mac.

Exchange 2016 comes with the imported technology in Office 365 "clutter". This is an intelligent filter which detects unimportant emails in the mailbox and can display them in a separate folder. Unimportant emails are moved to the Clutter folder and thus can be read later.

In order to control the function in Office 365, users need to access the web interface of Office 365th The setting is on Mail and then on the gear icon at options with Email \ Automatic processing \ clutter to find.

Teamwork And Mixed Operation In Focus

The general functions in Office 2016 differ little from the previous version. Of course there are some new ideas, but most of the new features of this website in any case most users.

Those who are familiar with Office 2011, also comes quite quickly cope with Office 2016thMicrosoft also has some improved at various points that only noticeable with time. In the upper area there is in the Windows version of Office 2016 the new menu item "What do you want?". About this can be a search for commands start in the Ribbon to find features faster. For the daily work is optimal especially for Office 2016 beginners, or to find commands in the nested structure, which are normally not used so often. In Office 2016 for Mac, this feature is missing. Here users are required to manually check for operations in the ribbon.

Click Users in an Office program in Windows a phrase with the right mouse button, you can by selecting Intelligent Search Search for the term on the Internet. The result is then displayed on the right side of the Office program, a program change is not necessary. In Office 2016 for Mac, this feature is not included.

One of the most important new features in Office 2016 is the joint work on documents. Users can easily share documents with one click, and edit together with other users. That's also when operating with other users who use Office 2016 for Windows.

Microsoft has integrated the Enable function in the upper right area, let invite with the other users. The features and capabilities are broadly the features in Office 2016 for Windows; however, collaborating on documents is not as elegantly solved as in the Windows version. It lacks, for example, automatic updates of texts that have edited other users. Nevertheless, the parts in the new version can be much easier and easier to configure. In addition to the icon on the top right can be documents via the menu File \ Share with other parts. If the document is not stored in the cloud, users will receive a message.

But the joint editing of documents does not only between Office 2016 for Mac and Windows, but also with the free online apps from Microsoft Word as online. Once a shared document is opened via the link to the e-mail, the wizard also proposes to open with Word Online.

Useful integration of cloud storage is even if you have access, for example, from multiple devices and locations to document duck. Users can work on all your devices with their documents when they are stored in the cloud. This does not require access to the Finder or Explorer is necessary because the Office 2016 programs display the recently opened documents automatically in the program. The list of recently opened documents appears also in the mobile versions like the iPad version. This facilitates the work and users do not have to get used between the different systems. This is not true for the keyboard shortcuts. Because here there are significant differences, especially when it comes to formatting texts.

Use OneDrive Instead iCloud Drive For Teamwork
Documents can be annotated and better than in Office 2011. Also that facilitates joint work on documents. Based on the common data storage is OneDrive. The cloud storage is to integrate with Office 2016, also in the Mac version. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not made the integration of iCloud Drive. That is, even if all users are working in a team with Mac OS must be set as a data base on OneDrive or OneDrive for Business in Office 365 to work together on documents.

Office 2016 is more closely tied to the cloud than previous versions. Of course, can continue to save data locally, but preferably Office 2016, the storage in the cloud, so users must be careful exactly where they store the data. Advantage in storage in the cloud, however, is that users can take on multiple computers access to the documents on their Windows computers and tablets. However, in Office 2016, the cloud is only optional, it can be bypassed completely.

Use the keyboard shortcut CMD + S can save a document, even if used in the first storing OneDrive. Pressing CMD + S, the documents are always synchronized with the cloud. However, coming to a halt in some Office program on slower Internet connections thoroughly, until all data is synchronized.

Especially large files, such as PowerPoint presentations should only be stored in the cloud, if the data connection is very fast. But even then OneDrive can depend on Mac computers something. For large files, cloud storage is therefore not ideal. It is better to save locally in this case, and then to load on demand documents in the cloud so they are accessible on other computers.

Better Use Excel

Microsoft has also improved Excel 2016th Formulas can be more efficiently create and draw on touch screens also. Microsoft has also integrated new charts, which play an important role especially in Big Data and Business Intelligence.

PowerPoint - Presenting Better

Users who hold presentations often get compared to the old Office 2011 version a much better surface. The service is efficient; transitions can be created more easily and more beautiful. In the preview for lecturers will always have a good overview of the current slide and the next steps. This improves visibility and makes presentations.


Office 2016 for Mac offers some interesting new features and improvements. Even if the name matches the Windows version, is missing in the Mac version, many new features and functions that bring real added value. Examples include the intelligent search system, search through the Ribbon, and new charts. However, it is expected that Microsoft continues to integrate future improvements. Users who have been set to Office 2011, get a much more modern interface, a faster and more stable office. The collaboration features are well resolved, but certainly still expandable.

In cooperation with the Windows version arises for users a unified user experience and the ability to exchange data between smartphone / tablet, PC and Mac. In many places, there are improvements that are not immediately obvious, but which greatly facilitate the work, for example, improved cooperation with categories.

Currently still problematic is the interaction of Office 2016 for Mac with OS X 10:11 El Capitan. Here tell very many users of crashes that bring even data loss. Even with the latest updates to Mac OS X 10.11.1 and 15.16.0 Office 2016 Build all Office programs are in our tests repeatedly crashed and could no longer be restarted. The uninstall and reinstall did not help in this case. If a Mac computer so already upgraded to Mac OS X 10.11.1, should be currently still refrained from Office to use 2016th.  

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