Back in April, Microsoft announced plans to bring 64-bit support to the Mac version of its Office suite. Now, the company has deployed an update that adds this functionality to the package, as well as some boosts to performance and stability improvements.The update adds 64-bit support to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote, for users working with Retail, Office 365 Consumer, Office 365 Commerical, and Volume License installations of Office, according to a report from Engadget. Microsoft claims that it will lay the groundwork for “new innovative features.”While Windows still supports both 32-bit and 64-bit architecture, 64-bit has been the standard for Mac OS X since the release of version 10.7 in 2011. Apple’s added 64-bit support to its iLife suite in 2013, according to a report from 9to5Mac.Users should be able to receive the update in the same way that they would any other — a notification will appear on the desktop informing them that … [Read more...] about Update brings 64-bit support and performance boosts to Office 2016 for Mac
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In March of this year, Microsoft released a free preview of its Office 2016 suite for Mac computers, aiming to collect feedback from users as to how to improve upon its efforts. Now, the company has announced that the final build of the package is ready to launch, starting today for subscribers to its Office 365 service.Microsoft hasn’t released a completely new iteration of Office for Macs since 2011, so the 2016 version might prove to be something of an overhaul for Apple-centric users. This marks the first version of the software to be released on OS X that makes use of the Ribbon UI, which has been standard in the Windows variant since 2010.Office 2016 provides updates and upgrades to a host of functionality across the five applications it’s comprised of; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Of particular note is the cloud functionality that’s been included this time around, which seems to be part of Microsoft’s broader attempt to … [Read more...] about Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac to Office 365 subscribers
As we inch closer to the July 29 release of Windows 10, stories involving the anticipated update to Microsoft’s OS keep coming. Of course, another staple of Microsoft’s software offering is Office, and the company has confirmed that the Universal Apps for Office 2016 will be available in the Windows Store on the release date of Windows 10. This news comes hot on the heels of Microsoft releasing Office 2016 for Mac, so Office is clearly still at the forefront of Microsoft’s plans.Universal Apps are those that will run any platform using Windows 10, whether it be a PC, tablet, phone, or Xbox, and they are designed to deliver as close to a platform-agnostic experience as possible.Microsoft had already announced that Universal Apps for Outlook Mail and Calendar would be preinstalled with the OS, but in the case of the free Office apps, users will have to take to the Windows Store in order to download them. Since the apps are free, this could be a … [Read more...] about Universal Apps for Office will release simultaneously with Windows 10
Apple generated a fair amount of controversy when it announced the “post-PC” world during its presentation of the original iPad. The idea was simple — the tablet made “real” PCs obsolete, and from then on out everyone would be ditching their Windows and OS X machines for the iPad.Of course, while PC sales have been stagnant, they haven’t actually gone away. Meanwhile, iPad sales have cratered, and today’s Windows 10 PC ecosystem is arguably stronger than ever, at least in terms of the number of excellent notebook options available to buyers. Now, it seems that Apple is feeling some pressure, and the firm has responded with a set of iPad ads aimed directly at PCs, as MSPU reports.More: How Ultrabooks challenged the MacBook Air – and wonThe first ad highlights “PC viruses,” and claims that the iPad doesn’t have any. That’s true by definition, of course — PC viruses only run on PCs.In an era where … [Read more...] about Apple’s new iPad ads remind us of the Mac vs. PC era
Apple computers have become an increasingly large part of the modern workplace, and for good reason. The versatile systems are perfect for some users’ workflow, and software support is better than ever. The newest version of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac will have some users pulling their hair out, however, as those who have upgraded to El Capitan have reported frequent crashes, according to PCWorld.Microsoft issued a statement regarding the errors, confirming reports from users concerning the problem. “We know that some users may be experiencing issues with Office 2016 for Mac running on El Capitan, We are actively investigating the matter with Apple. Until there is a fix, we recommend people install the latest updates to Office 2016 for Mac using Microsoft AutoUpdate.”We’ve confirmed the issue on our own El Capitan test systems, determining that not only does the software frequently crash, but the error caused by the failure is so critical that … [Read more...] about Office 2016 is having trouble staying alive on El Capitan
Think about the last time you or someone you know bought a small laptop or tablet. Typically, a purchase such as this is accompanied by a free trial of Office 365’s compilation of software and services. This has been the case for about a year now, as Microsoft has historically partnered with PC makers to bundle extra software with its issued hardware.Now that’s about to change. Microsoft has announced that it’s cutting the free Office 365 trial deal from its repertoire.Hence the name, an Office 365 trial subscription once enabled users to install Microsoft Office on each a PC sporting Windows or Mac OS X, a tablet, and a smartphone for an entire year. Not only that, but it brought with it a terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage and 60 Skype minutes every month. It was certainly an incentive for those on the fence about buying a new computer.But when the one-year trial is over, whether you like it or not, you have the option to start paying for the service or your Office … [Read more...] about No more free lunches: Microsoft discontinues Office 365 trial bundles
Microsoft has released a set of touch optimized and mobile first universal Office apps for Windows 10, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. These mobile Office apps will come pre-installed on small tablets and phones running Windows 10 and will be available through the Windows Store for other devices.Following last year’s release of Office apps for Android and iOS, the universal Office apps for Windows 10 complete the collection of mobile apps. With the release of Windows 10 for phones and tablets, Microsoft will be the first to offer Office apps across all of these platforms and devices.Microsoft offers a range of Office products across platforms and devicesThe selection of Microsoft Office products available today may be confusing at first. Microsoft is building a comprehensive infrastructure to allow access to Office applications from almost any platform and device.On mobile devices, Microsoft offers free Office apps for Android, iOS, and now Windows 10. On … [Read more...] about Are Microsoft’s free Office apps for Windows 10 a boon for productivity, or half-baked?
In February, Microsoft released the preview editions of its new, touch-friendly Office apps for Windows 10. These included the three pillars of Office for most users; Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Now there’s another preview available, this time for Mac, and this time it’s the full suite; Office 2016 for Mac.The preview includes not only the primary trio but also Outlook and OneNote, and it’s no stripped-down edition like that available for Windows 10 machines. This is the whole, super-productive enchilada. It’s also the first completely new version of Office for Mac computers since Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Office 2013, available stand-alone or as part of an Office 365 subscription, was never ported to Apple’s devices.Related: Will Windows 10’s universal apps make Office the every-device suite we’ve been waiting for? As you might expect from the first complete revision in about five years, Office 2016 for Mac offers some significant … [Read more...] about Use a Mac, but love Office? Get ready to download the free preview of Office 2016!
Microsoft Office once had an unquestioned stranglehold on the world of productivity suites and programs. However, the exorbitant price associated with Microsoft’s suite has given rise to a retinue of options that fall outside Microsoft’s banner, many of which offer diverse functionality and many of the same features that comprise the tech titan’s expansive package. The best alternatives to Microsoft Office allow users the freedom to create and edit — many are even compatible with files made in Word, Excel, and other Microsoft’s programs.Choices abound, but few are worth your time (and even fewer, your money). Fortunately, there are capable alternatives available for both Windows and MacOS, whether you’re looking for a quick means to spell check the copy on your resume, or string together complex formulas prior to an important business presentation. Below are a few of our favorites!The latest version of SoftMaker’s FreeOffice … [Read more...] about Tired of paying a monthly fee for Word? Here are the best alternatives to Microsoft Office
Security researchers atPalo Alto Networks last week announced that they had found the first ransomware in the wild aimed at Macintosh computers, but Apple and one of its developers quickly neutered it.The ransomware -- a malware program that scrambles data on a computer and won't unscramble it unless a ransom is paid -- was embedded in software for installing an OS X app for sharing files on BitTorrent, a network known as a source for pirated content.The malware, which Palo Alto Networks called "KeRanger," contained a valid Mac application developer certificate stolen from a legitimate developer, so it was able to bypass OS X's Gatekeeper protection. Gatekeeper is designed to block malicious programs from installing themselves on a Mac.After uncovering the ransomware, Palo Alto alerted Apple and the developer of the sharing software, theTransmission Project. Transmission pulled the infected installer from its website, and Apple blacklisted the certificate so the malware couldn't be … [Read more...] about Ransomware Plague Spreads to Macs