Office 2016 for Mac updated with real time collaborative editing and more

Microsoft yesterday released a major update for Office 2016 for Mac. This January 2018 release brings support for real time collaborative editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint, support for auto-save in Word, support for Google Calendar and Contacts in Outlook and more. Find the full change log below.

Word:

  • Edit with others in real time: Thumbnails in the upper-right corner of the window show who else is working with you in a shared document. Flag icons show where others are working and you can view changes as they type. Learn more
  • We save for you! Changes are saved automatically for documents, worksheets, and presentations stored in the cloud, and you can see others’ updates in seconds. Need to roll back? Check the version history for a list of changes and access to earlier versions. Learn more
  • Quickly access your sites and groups: Quickly find presentations stored in your frequently used sites and groups in the Open menu.

Excel:

  • Collaborative editing: Work with others at the same time in your workbook. Thumbnails in the upper-right corner of the window show who else is viewing or editing the file with you. Learn more
  • We save for you! Changes are saved automatically for documents, worksheets, and presentations stored in the cloud, and you can see others’ updates in seconds. Need to roll back? Check the version history for a list of changes and access to earlier versions. Learn more
  • More charts: Use new charts, such as funnel, sunburst and histogram, to transform your data into professional visualizations, or use the new Map chart type to transform geographic data into a map with just a few steps.
  • More functions: Shorten the formulas you write using the new logical functions IFS and SWITCH.
  • Quickly access your sites and groups: Quickly find presentations stored in your frequently used sites and groups in the Open menu.
  • Better support for PivotTable charts: Change your filters in a PivotTable, and the chart you created will automatically adjust to show exactly what you want.
  • Multi-threaded calculation Formulas are updated faster when values are changed, because Excel uses multiple processing threads.

PowerPoint:

  • Edit with others in real time: Thumbnails in the upper-right corner of the window show who else is working with you in a shared document. Flag icons show where others are working and you can view changes as they type. Learn more
  • We save for you! Changes are saved automatically for documents, worksheets, and presentations stored in the cloud, and you can see others’ updates in seconds. Need to roll back? Check the version history for a list of changes and access to earlier versions. Learn more
  • See what’s changed: Slides that have been modified by others while you were away are highlighted. Learn more
  • A quick start to your research: Starting from scratch is hard. QuickStarter automatically creates an outline for your topic of choice with suggested talking points and designs that make your presentation pop. Learn more
  • Trim media: Remove unwanted content from the beginning or end of an audio or video clip. Learn more
  • Quickly access your sites and groups: Quickly find presentations stored in your frequently used sites and groups in the Open menu.
  • Laser pointer in Slide Show: Use your mouse as a laser pointer to draw attention to certain parts of your slide.

Outlook:

  • Archive or delete with just one swipe: Save time organizing your Inbox by swiping left with two fingers across the touchpad to archive an email or swiping right to delete it.
  • Support for Google Calendar and Contacts: No need to move between apps! Manage your Google Calendar and Contacts without leaving Outlook. Learn more

This release also contains several security bug fixes. You can download the updates from Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU). To use MAU, start an Office application, such as Word, and then choose Help > Check for Updates.

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