Advertisement When is Office available, and how much will it cost? Office is on sale now, but only for commercial-level customers. As always, Microsoft will make 32 and bit versions of Office available. As Microsoft notes: For example, at the time macOS Advertisement Image: To do so, Word will be getting the aptly named Focus mode, which darkens the screen and reduces the displayed UI elements. Mac users will also now have customizable ribbons aka drop-down menus in their version of the Word interface.
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Pros Moving to the cloud: Like the other apps in the latest Mac Office suite, Excel lets you store, sync, and edit files online, via Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service. You can also save Excel files to your Dropbox account. Excel , through OneDrive, lets you share documents with colleagues and collaborate in real time.
You can chat online as well, either through a document chat window or through Skype. Modern design: The redesigned ribbon for the Mac version of Excel borrows the look and feel of its Windows counterpart, presenting tools and formatting options in much the same way as Excel for Windows does.
Excel also recommends appropriate charts based on spreadsheet data. Moving across platforms: Excel supports many of the Windows keyboard shortcuts and most of the Excel for Windows functions, which should make it easier to use the tool across platforms. The update also includes an Analysis ToolPak add-in, PivotTable slicers for analyzing data, and an improved formula builder. Cons Macro limits: Prior to Office , you could build macros in Excel for Mac.
But if you want to build new macros, you need to do that on the Windows side or use an earlier Mac version. For those who built macros in preceding Mac editions, this is a big loss. Bottom Line Excel is probably worth the upgrade just based on its ability to take advantage of OneDrive.
The new analysis tools and formula builder help keep Microsoft's spreadsheet an essential tool. Hobbling its macros tool, however, diminishes a bit of the attraction for serious users. More Resources.