If you're eager to use the new apps, they are available now, but first, you have to figure out how you'll purchase them. Long gone are the days of grabbing a box of CDs at the store -- today, subscriptions are the norm, but they're not the only way to buy. Because of that, you get several different ways to buy Office , and you'll be forgiven if you don't know which one to pick. Microsoft doesn't exactly make it simple to tell the difference between your choices.
Windows[ edit ] New features in the Windows release include the ability to create, open, edit, and save files in the cloud straight from the desktop, a new search tool for commands available in Word , PowerPoint , Excel , Outlook , Access , Visio and Project named "Tell Me", more "Send As" options in Word and PowerPoint, and co-authoring in real time with users connected to Office Online. Microsoft Office cannot coexist with Microsoft Office apps if both editions use Click-To-Run installer, but it can coexist with earlier versions of Microsoft Office, such as , , and since they use Windows Installer MSI technology. Mac[ edit ] New features in the Mac release include an updated user interface that uses ribbons , full support for Retina Display , and new sharing features for Office documents. In PowerPoint, there are theme variants, which provide different color schemes for a theme. In Outlook, there is a Propose New Time feature, the ability to see calendars side by side, and a weather forecast in the calendar view. Traditional editions[ edit ] As with previous versions, Office is made available in several distinct editions aimed towards different markets. This retail suite includes the core applications only.