Microsoft Office is a lot more than just Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, although that's what most people think of first.
There's now a whole range, from the Office 365 cloud services to the mobile apps for iOS and Android (along with Skype for Business, Dynamics and Power BI), backing up CEO Satya Nadella's claims that Microsoft is the productivity company.
The mobile Office apps are certainly popular, but Office on Windows and Mac remains the main attraction, even in Microsoft's cloud-centric approach.
At any rate, Office 2016 isn't the same Office everywhere. It's more like the right Office for each platform – and in this case, that's Windows 10 and Mac OS X. Here's how they all break down at a high level:
- Windows still gets the lion's share of tools and features simply because it's had the most attention over the years. And though it might be hard to keep adding major features to something with this much power already, there are some very welcome improvements – but also some changes you need to be aware of.
- Office 2016 for Mac gains many new features (or at least, features that are new to Mac users) and its OneDrive integration is unmatched. It doesn't have all the Office applications and it doesn't have all the Windows Office features, but what you get has the both feel of a real Mac application and the tools of a real version of Office.
- The touch version of Office for Windows 10, otherwise known as Office Mobile, sits somewhere between Office for iPad and the Windows RT version of Office for Home and Student, but brings in features from Office Online.
Microsoft is trying to make sense of the core Office tools across multiple platforms, and to make the Office 365 subscription a great deal. But, before we get into the meat, let's see what's new with Office lately.
In July, Office 2016 for Mac was treated with a 64-bit upgrade, featuring better optimization for supported systems. A few weeks later, an appointment scheduler known as Microsoft Bookings, was issued to Business Premium subscribers to Office 365, with a writing style tutor called editor arriving not long thereafter.
Microsoft's latest initiative for Office 365, however, is the addition of improved security controls in a new Security Assurance Dashboard, which promises to make users less susceptible to the infamous ransomware attacks that historically infiltrated the software.
Joe Osborne and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this review