Microsoft Office for Mac will now allow users to engage in real time collaboration.
The suite of programs – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook – have long been a staple of laptops and desktops everywhere. As direct competitors, Microsoft’s Office typically receives benefits on Microsoft products before being rolled out to other technologies.
With the latest update on Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac, version 16.9 will now allow Mac users to engage in many of the real time collaboration efforts that many have become accustomed to with programs like Google’s Sheets and Microsoft Office for other devices. Multiple users will be able to work on documents at the same time, with thumbnails showing which users are live on the document. Tracking and identification of changes will allow for transparency of who has altered what.
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According to The Verge, real time collaboration is not the only update Mac users will notice in their Microsoft Office suite:
Another new feature for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is automatic cloud saves for documents, worksheets, and presentations, which Microsoft says sync in seconds. There’s also a version history function that lets you see the changes and access earlier versions of a document. In addition to these features, users can now quickly access your most regularly used sites and groups via the Open menu.
Excel will see more charts, functions, and support for outside programs. You’ll also notice faster updating thanks to multi-threaded calculations. PowerPoint will receive options to trim and remove content in audio and video clips, a QuickStarter function that will generate presentation designs, and the ability to use your mouse as a laser pointer. Outlook will allow for swipe gestures to organize the inbox, as well as support for Google Calendar and Contacts.
Mac users will be glad to finally get some of the collaboration features that they’ve wanted for some time. Technology Managers will be glad that they don’t need to worry about Office functionality when picking computers for their staff.