Microsoft Opens Office Insider Program to Mac Users - PC Magazine

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Mac users can join the Office Insider program via the Microsoft Auto Update tool.

Office 2016 Inking

Good news for Mac users who want to check out pre-release builds of Microsoft Office: Now you can.

Microsoft is opening its Office Insider preview program to Mac users. Launched in November, the program lets Office "power users" check out new features before they're released to the general public.

"Now, Mac users can also get early access to Office innovations," Microsoft's Kirk Koenigsbauer wrote in a blog post.

Mac users can join the Office Insider program via the Microsoft Auto Update tool. To access it, just start anOffice 2016 for Mac program, then select Check for Updates on the Help menu.

Meanwhile, Microsoft this week outlined a number of new Office features it has on tap, including collaboration improvements and a revamped "inking experience," so you can more easily use your finger or an Apple Pencil to work on documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and notes. For starters, Microsoft is adding a new Draw tab to its Office apps that should make it much easier to find the inking tools. You'll also soon be able to easily transform hand-drawn shapes into perfect-looking circles and squares, for easier diagram creation.

The software giant is also bringing its real-time co-authoring feature, first released for Word 2016 on Windows desktops last fall, to PowerPoint mobile and Windows tablets. The feature lets you see what others are typing in real time for easier document collaboration. Plus, the next Preview builds of Word and PowerPoint for Android will include "basic co-authoring and AutoSave capabilities" already available on Word and PowerPoint for iPhone and iPad.

Koenigsbauer said these new features will be rolling out "across platforms over time" as part of the regular Office 365 updates.

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