Office for Mac gets “significant update” for Fast Insiders

Last week Microsoft is teasing a significant new update for the Office apps on Mac with some major architectural changes which would enable faster feature releases.Microsoft is teasing a significant new update for the Office apps on Mac with some major architectural changes which would enable faster feature releases.

Then Microsoft engineer Derek Snook said:

“In the next few days, we plan to release a significant update to Insiders enrolled in the Fast level. You’ll have a chance to preview a bunch of new features. In addition to the new features, we’ve made a number of foundational changes to the product architecture. These underlying improvements will ultimately enable us release new features for Office for Mac more quickly. In the short term, you may hit a few more issues than normal. We hope you’ll stick with us if things are a little bumpy at the start.”

That update,

Besides the deep architectural changes, for Office 365 subscribers with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint the update brings:

  • Real-time co-authoring and AutoSave for OneDrive and SharePoint files. Changes are automatically saved as you work, and when you co-author with others, you can see their changes as they work.
  • A new Share menu makes it easier to share files that are stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint.
  • PowerPoint QuickStarter is now on Mac! Powered by the Bing Knowledge graph, QuickStarter reinvents the deck creation process by building a presentation outline to help you get started researching a topic of your choosing.
  • New and modern chart types: Say hello to Waterfall, Funnel, Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker, Treemap and Sunburst-six powerful charts that help you quickly visualize common financial, statistical and hierarchical data.

All others Insiders will also receive an update to Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Some additional methods, properties, objects, and enums available to Windows Office users will now work on Mac as well. There are still differences between the Mac and Windows Object Model, so “not supported on this platform” is not completely eradicated.

More information can be found in the Office 2016 for Mac Insider Fast release notes.

Source: Microsoft Answers

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