Microsoft launches Office Insider

During the run-up to the release of Windows 10, Microsoft introduced an Insider program where millions of people could download the operating system for free, in exchange for beta testing it. That program still exists, though you now need an activated copy of Windows first, either purchased at retail or pre-installed on a desktop, laptop, or tablet. Microsoft has decided to extend this framework to its Office productivity suite, though it's not as open or early-access as its... Read More »

Topics: Office Suites , Windows Software

Tags: beta , Microsoft , productivity , Office

Apple addresses Office 2016 issues with El Capitan update

Apple yesterday released an update to OS X El Capitan intended to improve compatibility with Office 2016 for Mac.

According to Microsoft, the OS X update does successfully fix its issues with Office 2016. "Apple released an update for OS X 10.11 El Capitan on October 21, 2015," a Microsoft spokesperson told this morning. "Their update now addresses the boot-related issues experienced by some OS X 10.11 El Capitan customers using Office."

The summer revisions of Office and OS X got... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Microsoft , productivity , Office , Outlook , Mac OS X

Microsoft Office 2016: buy vs. subscribe

Microsoft's game plan, from Office to Xbox to Windows 10, is to get users to think of its products as services, and to subscribe rather than to pay one time. There will be casualties of this strategy. This week Microsoft released Office 2016 for Windows and Mac (following Mac's Office 365 edition in July), and now comes the reckoning of what you get if you buy the suite outright, versus what you get if you opt for Office... Read More »

Tags: Microsoft , Windows software , Office

Office 2016 for Mac levels the playing field

Microsoft today released Office 2016 for Mac, a significant -- and long-awaited -- update that should look familiar to those using Office for iOS and Windows. Office 2016 offers Mac users tools and services they've coveted in other editions of Office.

Microsoft's last major update to the Mac Office suite came in the fall of 2010. Much has happened around Office since then: Microsoft rolled out Office 365, a collection of software and services that takes Office apps to the cloud;... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Microsoft , Windows software , Office

Microsoft Build: seeking to build a unified Windows

Microsoft's annual Build conference in San Francisco has, in recent years, become the place for product announcements, but there have been few surprises -- until now. Today's three-and-half-hour keynote had a long, geeky start, discussing cloud computing and databases, seemingly leaving few crumbs for those eager for news about Windows 10, Office 2016, and the Project Spartan Web browser. Then Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, came onstage. Sharp readers may... Read More »

Tags: Windows 10 , Windows , browser , Windows software , Office

Microsoft Office for iPad unveiled

Today Microsoft released Office for the iPad. New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella held a press conference in San Francisco to reveal the long-awaited -- some would say overdue -- suite of apps for the tablet.

The Office apps are standalone -- you download Word, Excel, and PowerPoint separately, and each has an icon on your iPad. The apps are also free, but you can only view documents. To edit, you must have an Office 365 subscription ($9.99 per month for... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Office