Updated August 10th, 2014 – With a history of being released every three years, it looks like Microsoft Office for Mac 2014, including all new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, will be almost certainly coming out in the Fall (likely after Apple releases OS X Yosemite). As we know, the last release was back in 2011 with no major updates for 2012 and 2013 (only small fixes and enhancements).
Here is a quick rundown of the previous release dates for the Mac version:
- Office 2014 for Mac – Expected to be released in October, 2014.
- Office 2011 for Mac – Released in 2011.
- Office 2008 for Mac – Released in 2008.
- Office 2004 for Mac – Released in 2004.
- Office X (this was the first Mac OS X edition released) – Debuted in 2001.
What do we expect to see in Office for Mac 2014?
We expect some significant improvements in the upcoming version. Multiple sources have the following new features coming (although there are all still speculations as we’ll know more once we get a little bit closer to the release):
- Expect to see the continued transition to cloud based apps and features (similar to some of the other companies making the same move, like Adobe with the transition from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud). Not only will you see this for cloud-based storage of documents and team collaboration (for shared markups when working on the same document) in Work and PowerPoint, but also for syncing your documents across your multiple Mac’s and other devices (similar to iCloud from Apple).
- Watch for the new ability to edit PDF documents and covert your Word documents into PDF (and vice versa). It’s likely to become a serious contender to Adobe’s Acrobat XI Pro as you will no longer need to use a separate PDF program to make conversions or edits to your documents.
- For PowerPoint 2014 for Mac, we expect to see a new presentation mode similar to that in Office 2013 for Windows. It’s also possible that Keynote will include collaboration features in it as well.
- For Outlook 2013 for Mac, expect to see a smoother integration of email, your contacts, and schedules, and to-do lists, as well as a more minimalist redesign (the ribbon hidden by default). We also expect better support and integration for Outlook.com and Skype.
As we saw in Office 2013 for Windows, don’t expect to be able to get a physical installation disk with your order. All purchases will include the license key and you will need to go to Microsoft.com for the download.
What would you like to see changed in the 2014 version?
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