Office for Mac gets a pretty big update for Insiders


Microsoft has released a new update for Office on the Mac to Insiders. If you are an Office Insider using a Mac, you can get the update right now. With the latest update, the company is adding the ability to find shared files within Office, meaning that you no longer to open OneDrive or Office Online to view the shared files. In addition to this, the update also introduces Ink Annotations for OneNote in the new Draw tab, and more control over objects in Word. Here is the full changelog:

  • Find shared files: In Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, click File > Shared to see documents, workbooks, and presentations that others have recently shared with you. (This feature requires an Office 365 subscription.)
  • More Control Over Objects: In Word, we’ve added the Selection Pane so you can keep track of all the objects in your document and rearrange their placement and order.
  • Interactive controls: In Word, date pickers, drop down lists, and many other content controls in your documents are now interactive.
  • Ink annotations: In OneNote, use your mouse or trackpad to write, draw, and highlight with the tools on the new Draw tab.
  • Tidier notes: Use new grid and lined page backgrounds in OneNote to keep your handwriting and drawings neat and tidy.
  • Pen tablet support: In OneNote, use your drawing tablet or display that uses a pen or a stylus to write, draw, and erase in your notes.
  • 64-bit version of Office 2016 for Mac: Last but not least, we’re pleased bring the 64-bit version of Office 2016 for Mac to our Office Insider Slow audience. To get the 64-bit version, you don’t need to do anything other than install update 15.24 (160707). To find out more, see our initial 64-bit release of Office 2016 for Mac is now live! If you use the EndNote Cite While You Write (CWYW) add-in in Word 2016 for Mac, join the EndNote beta testing program to get access to an early version of their 64-bit add-in.

If you have Office for Mac, it will update itself sometime soon — in case you are wondering, the latest update is version 15.24.