Microsoft Unveils Office for Mac 2016 Preview Build
Microsoft has released an Office for Mac 2016 Preview build for download to the public. The Office for Mac 2016 Preview build contains the updated versions of the popular Office applications Microsoft Excel, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word. While the official release date of these programs is not until the second half of 2015, these preview versions allow you to see some of the features that may be included in the official release.
Office for Mac 2016 Preview Build Released: A picture of the “Office for Mac Preview” website. (Source: Microsoft)
Note that, as a preview version of the software, these applications are subject to change before their official release. In addition, some features may not be “final” versions, or may simply not work. Microsoft provides automatic updates to the Office for Mac 2016 Preview builds to fix and repair issues that may arise and to provide updates as development continues. If you notice bugs while using the Office for Mac 2016 Preview build software applications, you can click the “smiley face” button in the upper-right corner of an application window to submit feedback directly to the Office for Mac 2016 Preview development team.
The Office for Mac 2016 Preview build is officially supported for OSX Yosemite (10.10). Each build of the Office for Mac 2016 Preview will expire around 60 days after it is posted. The final preview build will continue to function for roughly a month after the official lunch date of the software.
For users of Office for Mac 2011, note that you can download and install the Office for Mac 2016 Preview build alongside of your existing Office for Mac 2011 installation. To install the Office for Mac 2016 Preview build, download the build from the Office for Mac 2016 Preview site. After it has been downloaded, copy the build to your Desktop and follow the installation prompts. You can then close the installer once the installation is completed. You can then find the new applications within the “Applications” folder in your Mac.