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Microsoft targets Mac users with early Outlook release

Date: November 6, 2014 Author: Stephan Buys Category: Article Technology Tags: , Comments: 0

Microsoft targets Mac users with early Outlook release

Microsoft targets Mac users with early Outlook release

Months ahead of the official launch of the latest version of Microsoft's hugely popular Office productivity suite, the company has released an updated Outlook email client for the Mac. Outlook is part of Office and up to now has always been released as an overall new Office version.

Microsoft said it usually makes new versions of Office for Mac available between six and eight months after updates to its flagship Windows operating system. However, after introducing Office 365 an emphasis was placed on mobile and cloud services as this is where many people are increasingly using applications. In order to keep up with the migration of users to smartphones and tablets as well as cloud-based services, Microsoft said it had to make Office better performing and available across today's range of popular devices.

Businesses and individuals who use Macs over PCs or other types of computer will therefore be pleased to learn that a final release of Office for Mac will be available in the second half of 2015. It will include all the programs that are so invaluable to productivity, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Even better is that for business as well as consumer subscribers, they won't be charged for the latest release.

Mac users were thrilled at the early unveiling of Outlook for Mac. One wrote on the company's blog, "I can't tell you how happy I am that this is happening", but was disappointed that Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service was not yet available for businesses as an app. The company already offers 1TB of storage space to business subscribers of Office 365 and has announced unlimited storage for personal, home and university subscribers. Microsoft is aiming to better compete with cloud-storage products from major rivals, such as Google and Dropbox, as well as a growing numbers of others.

Companies that are using Macs and that would like to explore Office for Mac – or any other Microsoft product – and how it can help to boost efficiency and productivity, can get expert advice from leading London IT support company, NSIS systems. Get in touch now and find out how you can benefit from Office.

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