Office 2016 for Mac Preview Gets a Major Update

Posted on April 15, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Office with 0 Comments

Office 2016 for Mac Preview Gets a Major Update

If you’re running the gorgeous new Office 2016 for Mac Preview, I’ve got good news: Microsoft has updated the pre-release suite of applications with a major update. Among the additions are improved VoiceOver support in each of the content creation apps, plus other new features, various performance improvements, and bug fixes.

If you are using Office 2016 for Mac Preview—and, seriously, it is a major improvement over the lackluster Office 2011 for Mac, even at this early stage—you can grab the update—really a set of updates using the Microsoft AutoUpdate tool. (It could run automatically the next time you run one of the Office apps. If not, visit Help and then Check for Updates.)

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If you haven’t tried it out, be sure to check out some of my previous articles, including Microsoft Launches Office 2016 for Mac Preview, Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac Preview Screenshot Gallery and Hands-On with Word 2016 Preview for Mac.

According to Microsoft, the April 14, 2015 Update to Office 2016 for Mac Preview includes the following changes:

This update provides the following fixes and improvements.

Outlook

  • Networking improvements for Exchange accounts
  • New “Propose New Time” feature: Meeting attendees can propose a new time for a meeting, and meeting organizers can view and modify meeting proposals and send updates.
  • Known bug fixes

Word

  • Scrolling performance improvements
  • New Macro recording feature
  • New search feature for online document templates
  • Proofing tools: New “custom dictionary” and “exclude dictionary” support
  • New user information settings in program preferences
  • Improved keyboard shortcuts: Support for the most popular Windows Word keyboard shortcuts
  • Accessibility feature: Improved support for VoiceOver
  • Performance improvements
  • Known bug fixes

Excel

  • New Analysis ToolPak
  • New “Solver” feature
  • Accessibility feature: Improved support for VoiceOver
  • Known bug fixes

PowerPoint

  • Accessibility feature: Improved support for VoiceOver
  • Known bug fixes

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