Office Insider program finally welcomes Mac users as well, the last in line after Windows and Android users. So, if you’re willing to test brand new features and have time to spare, the Office Insider program is your chance.
On January 21st, Microsoft announced that the Office Insider program finally welcomes Mac users as well. According to some reports, the Office Insider program was opened for Mac users some weeks ago. However, the official announcement was only made a few days ago. If you’re interested in testing the new features, the program can be accessed via the Microsoft Auto Update tool.
While stemming from Microsoft, Office Insider bears little resemblance to the Windows Insider program. Apart from the obviously different objects of testing, the difference also stands in the timeframe until the new features will be released. The Office Insider program includes features which are one to three weeks apart from their definitive release.
Users participating in the Windows Insider program test features of the new Windows 10 which are months apart from their final wide release. Also, do not confuse the Office Insider program with the Office 365 First Release one. While the latter is targeted at Enterprise and Business users including and beyond client, the former is more focused on Office client as well as app technologies.
If the Office Insider program for Mac users doesn’t tempt you that much, Microsoft also announced a couple of exciting tools to be released for both iPad and iPad Pro. The tools in case are the digital inking tools reminiscent since the Office 2007 pack. Starting January 21st, the digital inking tools are available in the Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint versions of the Office for iPad and iPad Pro users.
In addition, Microsoft officials stated that PowerPoint for Windows 2016 will include a co-authoring option. Functioning in real-time, co-authoring allows users to follow the amendments or changes made by others on the same document. It also allows simultaneous editing.
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