Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac now available in UAE

Vendor claims significant improvements in performance and stability

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac now available in UAE An Arabic version of the software suite is expected later this year.
By  Tom Paye Published  July 14, 2015

Microsoft has announced that Office 2016 is now available for Mac users in the UAE, with an Arabic version of the software suite expected later this year.

The news comes just days after Office 2016 for Mac was rolled out globally. Microsoft said that the suite is now available in 139 countries in 19 different languages. Office 365 subscribers can get this latest version immediately, the vendor added.

Updates to the software suite were made on the back of over 100,000 pieces of feedback from the Mac Office preview that was launched in March this year, Microsoft said. The vendor claimed significant improvements in performance and stability, and a design scheme familiar to the latest version of Office for PC and Office for iPad. Capabilities such as Full Screen view and Multi-Touch gestures have also been added, as has support for the Mac's Retina display.

"Microsoft has gone a long way to give Mac users a better experience with the Office 2016 for Mac to echo our deep commitment in enabling people and organizations to do more and achieve more with Microsoft offerings," said Ihsan Anabtawi, regional manager for Applications and Services at Microsoft Gulf.

"We have added features like improved Mail Merge in Word, Propose New Time in Outlook and support for External Data Connections in Excel. Users will now seamlessly work across devices and platforms with similar interfaces, while the cloud connection that comes with Office 2016 for Mac will help to enhance collaboration, leading to increased productivity."

In terms of the individual products, Microsoft said that Word for Mac had been reworked to include a new Design tab, which lets users apply designer-quality layouts, colours and fonts to documents. And because the solution is cloud-based, Microsoft said that a user can work on the same document simultaneously with teammates, using threaded comments as a tool for conversations.

Excel for Mac, meanwhile, features familiar keyboard shortcuts, autocomplete and an improved formula builder. Microsoft also claimed deeper analysis as a result of new PivotSlicers, which help filter large volumes of data and discover patterns.

PowerPoint for Mac provides an improved presenter view, as well as a new animation pane which helps users design and fine-tune animations. And Outlook for Mac has new push mail support, and includes a new conversation view and a new message preview.

Finally Microsoft has also brought OneNote to the Mac with this latest release. OneNote is a digital notebook concept that is synced to the cloud and can be accessed from any device.

Microsoft said that Office for Mac will continue to see improvements, with new features being released at least once a quarter.

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