Office 2016 for Mac brings full screen mode to Outlook, side-by-side messages, and more

Microsoft has released an update for Office 2016 for Mac, and brings a number of improvements and new features for most of the Office apps, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The update also patches a number of security vulnerabilities which were present in the Office suite, including the ability to remotely execute a code if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft Office file. You can check out details about the vulnerabilities patched in the update at the company’s security bulletin.

Among the most notable features is the full-screen mode for Outlook for Mac, as well as the ability to view multiple messages side-by-side so you don’t have to switch windows regularly.

Other office apps also received minor enhancements. Microsoft Word users can now save PDF files to their flash drives, while OneNote brings support for shapes gallery so you can add them to your notebooks.

Here’s the complete change log for the complete Office Suite:

  • Outlook
    • Enter the Full Screen view. Maximize Outlook on your screen to view multiple messages or invitations side by side.
    • Find a meeting room. You can now more easily find available conference rooms at your desired meeting time.
    • Bug fixes.
  • Word
    • You can now save .pdf files to flash drives.
  • Excel
    • Selection pane. Keep track of all the objects in your worksheet, and rearrange their placement and order.
    • Bug fixes.
  • PowerPoint
    • Selection pane. Keep track of all the objects on your slide, and rearrange their placement and order.
    • Bug fixes.
  • OneNote
    • Add shapes to your notebook pages, and support the shapes gallery now.
    • Bug fixes.

The update is available from Microsoft AutoUpdate, which is built-in Microsoft Office and makes sure you’re running the latest Office apps. Alternatively, you can also download the latest updates from Microsoft Download Center as well for free.

Before updating the Office 2016 for Mac, make sure you’re running OS X Yosemite 10.10 or higher on your machine. Secondly, you should have an active Office 365 subscription if you want to make use of the Office apps on your Mac — Office 365 subscription starts at $6.99 a month, or $69.99 a year for the Personal version, while Office 365 Home edition costs $99.99 a year.

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Do you use Office 2016 for Mac on a regular basis? What do you think about the latest update?