Macbook users all know the pinch they felt from having to buy that pricey Microsoft Office suite. But as Microsoft works to release its Office 2016, they are offering you a peek — free of charge.
This is the first time Microsoft Office suite has had a new release since 2011.
To get the Preview, all you have to do is go to the Microsoft website right now.
The preview version of this suite will come fully packed with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook to every desktop OS user. Sure, it doesn’t have the final version, and there’re sure to be some updates, but this is the chance to get your paws on Microsoft Office for free while you still can.
You will need Snow Leopard or higher to run the suite, but with the new range of Macbooks being released, that shouldn’t remain a problem for long.
The biggest update from this most recent version of Office is all in the design. Microsoft Office for Mac has had a problem of looking too dated when it comes to the Mac version, while its preferred Windows partner has that squeaky-clean, new feeling. Some people have stated that this latest version is now on par, or perhaps similar, to the Office 365 for Windows, with new flat design icons that were introduced in OS X Yosemite.
The Outlook included in the bundle is already available as a stand-alone app, while OneNote is not included in the bundle and will continue to operate as a separate download (for free) directly from the Mac App Store.
Even if it’s not the full version, it’s very well worth the look-see, because it’s definitely time to chuck that Microsoft Office 2011 as far as you can.