Hugely-recommended overhaul, but few new features
It's no longer enough for Microsoft to add the odd new feature and scrub up the appearance of an app: the world has moved on, not least in that we now call them all "apps" instead of "applications." With Office 2016 now available to Office 365 users (if their companies have enabled it, or if they sign up themselves), our attention did go first to the new version of Microsoft Word. Office for Mac really contains four major applications (and OneNote, which we'll call a minor one) though, and while we personally might lump PowerPoint and Outlook together into the guest-cast category, Microsoft Excel 2016 15.11.2 is definitely a star of the show.
The behemoth of office data processing returns -- and it is very good
We're not going to judge Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 in the detail or the depth that we will when it finally ships as a finished product. However, Microsoft has made it available in preview beta form, and it is irresistible. It's also very good, and if you have even a modicum of interest in Microsoft Office, you should try it now - though there are one or two caveats you'll want to keep in mind.
Solves crashing issue in Polish edition of Word, more
Microsoft on Wednesday updated its flagship Mac program, Office for Mac - bringing the current version to 14.3.9. The update fixes numerous bugs in Outlook and Word, including a crashing issue that would happen when starting up the Polish version of Word for Mac 2011 under OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The fixes not only apply the desktop version of Office 2011, but also on-premises versions of Microsoft Exchange Server (2007, 2010 and 2013 Cumulative Update 3) and MS Exchange Online in Office 365.
Updates for Office for Mac fix issues, improve security
Microsoft's Office for Mac team today released software updates for both the 2011 and 2008 versions of Office for Mac. The updates are highly recommended, as they fix "extremely important" functionality issues and improve overall security. The 2011 and 2008 updates are available as free downloads from Microsoft Support.