Microsoft releases new version of Outlook for Mac; Office for Mac public beta coming next year

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Microsoft has just released a new version of Outlook for Mac with a brand new look and improved performance and reliability. 

The design of the new app is inline with Outlook’s design on the web, Windows and its iOS and Android apps, and makes use of the company’s Ribbon interface. Other notable new features include support for Office 365 push mail, online archive support and more.

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The official change-log of the update is below:

  • Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
  • A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
  • Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
  • Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
  • Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.
  • Faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange Web Services syncing.

The new version of Outlook for Mac is already available for Office 365 commercial, Home, Personal and University subscribers.

Microsoft also disclosed its roadmap of the Office for Mac suite, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The company will be releasing a public beta of the suite in the first half of 2015, with a final release planned in the second half of 2015.

The update will be available for free for Office 365 consumer and commercial subscribers with a perpetual license for Office for Mac being released around the same time.

[Via Microsoft]