Listed here are the new options, as outlined by the corporate this morning.
Microsoft additionally introduced plans to launch a new model of Office for Mac — together with Phrase, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote — subsequent yr.
“Within the first half of 2015 we’ll launch a public beta for the following model of Office for Mac, and within the second half of 2015 we’ll make the ultimate launch obtainable,” in keeping with a blog post by the Office 365 team. “Office 365 business and shopper subscribers will get the following model at no extra value, and we’ll launch a perpetual license of Office for Mac in the identical timeframe.”
Office for Mac was traditionally a important set of packages for Mac customers, notably those that wanted to work with colleagues utilizing Home windows PCs. That dependence has been decreased lately by the rise of cloud-based productiveness suites appropriate with Microsoft Office paperwork.
Tech historians will acknowledge this as a continuation, no less than in spirit, of Microsoft’s landmark 1997 commitment to continue making Office for Mac for five years. That deal, which included a then-critical $150 million funding by Microsoft in Apple, has lengthy since ended.
Nowadays Apple is in a a lot higher place of energy within the all-important markets for smartphones and tablets, and Microsoft by itself is making Office for a wide range of platforms, including Android tablets (coming quickly) and iPad.