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| operating system = macOSClassic Mac OS (discontinued)| language count = 16 PUBLISHER=MICROSOFT ACCESSDATE=SEPTEMBER 26, 2015, | language = English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish| genre = Office suiteProprietary software>Proprietary commercial software (retail, volume licensing, SaaS)}}Microsoft Office (or simply Office) is a family of client software, server software, and services developed by Microsoft. It was first announced by Bill Gates on August 1, 1988, at COMDEX in Las Vegas. Initially a marketing term for an office suite (bundled set of productivity applications), the first version of Office contained Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Over the years, Office applications have grown substantially closer with shared features such as a common spell checker, OLE data integration and Visual Basic for Applications scripting language. Microsoft also positions Office as a development platform for line-of-business software under the Office Business Applications brand. On July 10, 2012, Softpedia reported that Office is used by over a billion people worldwide.WEB,weblink Microsoft’s Office Has over One Billion Users, Softpedia, SoftNews, July 10, 2012, Office is produced in several versions targeted towards different end-users and computing environments. The original, and most widely used version, is the desktop version, available for PCs running the Windows and macOS operating systems. Office Online is a version of the software that runs within a web browser, while Microsoft also maintains Office apps for Android and iOS.Since Office 2013, Microsoft has promoted Office 365 as the primary means of obtaining Microsoft Office: it allows use of the software and other services on a subscription business model, and users receive free feature updates to the software for the lifetime of the subscription, including new features and cloud computing integration that are not necessarily included in the "on-premises" releases of Office sold under conventional license terms. In 2017, revenue from Office 365 overtook conventional license sales.The current on-premises, desktop version of Office is Office 2019, released on September 24, 2018.WEB,weblink Microsoft starts rolling out Office 2019 for Windows and Mac, Foley, Mary Jo, ZDNet, en, 2019-02-06, {{TOC limit}}


{{See also|List of Microsoft Office programs}}

Desktop applications

Unless stated otherwise, desktop applications are available for Windows and macOS.

Mobile apps

  • Office Lens: An image scanner optimized for mobile devices. It captures the document (e.g. business card, paper, whiteboard) via the camera and then straightens the document portion of the image. The result can be exported to Word, OneNote, PowerPoint or Outlook, or saved in OneDrive, sent via Mail or placed in Photo Library.
  • Office Remote: Turns the mobile device into a remote control for desktop versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Server applications

Web services

Office Mobile

Office Mobile includes the scaled-down and touch-optimised versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Other Office applications such as OneNote, Lync and Outlook are available as standalone apps.WEB,weblink Office on mobile devices, Microsoft, June 23, 2014, It is supported on Android, iOS, Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.Office Mobile enables users to save and access documents on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint. Additionally, the Windows Phone version also allows users to save files locally on the device. According to Microsoft, Office Mobile for iPhone and Android are "very similar" to each other, whereas the Windows Phone version provides a "richer, more integrated experience".Office Mobile for iPhone was released on June 14, 2013 in the United States.WEB,weblink Microsoft Office Finally Comes to the iPhone, Pete Pachal, June 14, 2013, Mashable, Support for 135 markets and 27 languages was rolled out over a few days.WEB,weblink Office Mobile for iPhone, Office Blogs, Microsoft, June 14, 2014, It requires iOS 8 or later.WEB,weblink Microsoft Office Mobile, June 19, 2014, iTunes App Store, Apple, Although the app also works on iPad devices, excluding the first generation, it is designed for a small screen. Office Mobile was released for Android phones on July 31, 2013 in the United States. Support for 117 markets and 33 languages was added gradually over several weeks.WEB,weblink Office Mobile for Android phones, July 31, 2013, Office Blogs, Microsoft, It is supported on Android 4.0 and later.WEB,weblink Microsoft Office for Android now available, but not for tablets, The Verge, July 31, 2013, Tom Warren, Office Mobile for both iPhone and Android, available for free from the App Store and Google Play Store respectively, initially required a qualifying Office 365 subscription to activate, but in March 2014, with the release of Office for iPad, the apps were updated making them fully free for home use, though a subscription is still required for business use.WEB,weblink Office for iPhone and Android phones is now completely free, Android tablet version coming ‘in the future’, Emil Protalinski, March 27, 2014, The Next Web, WEB, Bass, Dina, Microsoft CEO Unveils Office for IPad in Mobile-App Push,weblink Microsoft, March 27, 2014, Peter, Burrows, WEB, Magnalindan, JP, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announces Office for iPad at public debut,weblink CNN Money, March 27, 2014, WEB, Brustein, Joshua, Microsoft CEO Nadella Pulls the Trigger on Long-Gestating Office Apps for iPad,weblink BusinessWeek, March 27, 2014, On March 27, 2014, Microsoft released Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad. On November 6, 2014, Microsoft released updated versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPhone.WEB,weblink More Office. Everywhere you need it., The Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft, November 6, 2014, John, Case, On January 29, 2015, Microsoft released Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets. On June 24, 2015, Microsoft released updated versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint for Android phones.WEB,weblink Office for Android phone is here!, Office Blogs, Microsoft, June 24, 2015, Kirk, Koenigsbauer, The Android version is also supported on certain Chrome OS machines.WEB,weblink Microsoft Office for Android will be supported on Chrome OS after all, but you may need a subscription…, Ben, Schoon, November 10, 2016, In January 2015, Microsoft unveiled updated universal app versions of the Office applications for Windows 10 devices—including PCs, tablets and smartphones—that are based upon the previously released Android and iOS apps.Office Mobile is or was also available, though no longer supported, on Windows Mobile, Windows Phone and Symbian. There is also Office RT, a touch-optimized version of the standard desktop Office suite, pre-installed on Windows RT.WEB, Microsoft Office 365 for Mobile Devices, Tablets, Phones,weblink Microsoft Office website,, Microsoft, June 8, 2016,

Common features

Most versions of Microsoft Office (including Office 97 and later) use their own widget set and do not exactly match the native operating system. This is most apparent in Microsoft Office XP and 2003, where the standard menus were replaced with a colored, flat-looking, shadowed menu style. The user interface of a particular version of Microsoft Office often heavily influences a subsequent version of Microsoft Windows. For example, the toolbar, colored buttons and the gray-colored 3D look of Office 4.3 were added to Windows 95, and the ribbon, introduced in Office 2007, has been incorporated into several programs bundled with Windows 7 and later. In 2012, Office 2013 replicated the flat, box-like design of Windows 8.Users of Microsoft Office may access external data via connection-specifications saved in Office Data Connection (.odc) files.BOOK, DeMarco, Jim, Pro Excel 2007 VBA, February 1, 2008, Apress, Berkeley, California, 978-1-59059-957-0, 361, External data is accessed through a connection file, such as an Office Data Connection (ODC) file (.odc), Both Windows and Office use service packs to update software. Office had non-cumulative service releases, which were discontinued after Office 2000 Service Release 1.Past versions of Office often contained Easter eggs. For example, Excel 97 contained a reasonably functional flight-simulator. Office XP and later do not have any Easter eggs, in compliance with Trustworthy Computing guidelines.

File formats and metadata

Microsoft Office prior to Office 2007 used proprietary file formats based on the OLE Compound File Binary Format.WEB, Microsoft Office File Formats,weblink MSDN#Library, MSDN Library, Microsoft, February 2, 2013, This forced users who share data to adopt the same software platform.WEB,weblink We Can Put an End to Word Attachments, Stallman, Richard M., Free Software Foundation, October 30, 2010, In 2008, Microsoft made the entire documentation for the binary Office formats freely available for download and granted any possible patents rights for use or implementations of those binary format for free under the Open Specification Promise.WEB, Spolsky, Joel, Why are the Microsoft Office file formats so complicated? (And some workarounds),weblink Joel on Software, February 19, 2008, WEB, Jones, Brian, Binary Documentation (.doc, .xls, .ppt) and Translator Project Site are now live,weblink Brian Jones: Office Solutions, Microsoft, February 16, 2008, Previously, Microsoft had supplied such documentation freely but only on request.WEB, Jones, Brian, Mapping documents in the binary format (.doc; .xls; .ppt) to the Open XML format,weblink Brian Jones: Office Solutions, Microsoft, January 17, 2008, Starting with Office 2007, the default file format has been a version of Office Open XML, though different than the one standardized and published by Ecma International and by ISO/IEC. Microsoft has granted patent rights to the formats technology under the Open Specification PromiseWEB,weblink Microsoft Open Specification Promise, Microsoft, February 1, 2007, October 30, 2010, and has made available free downloadable converters for previous versions of Microsoft Office including Office 2003, Office XP, Office 2000WEB,weblink Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats, Download Center, January 6, 2010, and Office 2004 for Mac OS X. Third-party implementations of Office Open XML exist on the Windows platform (LibreOffice, all platforms), macOS platform (iWork '08, NeoOffice, LibreOffice) and Linux (LibreOffice and 3.0). In addition, Office 2010, Service Pack 2 for Office 2007, and Office 2016 for Mac supports the OpenDocument Format (ODF) for opening and saving documents - only the old ODF 1.0 (2006 ISO/IEC standard) is supported, not the 1.2 version (2015 ISO/IEC standard).Microsoft provides the ability to remove metadata from Office documents. This was in response to highly publicized incidents where sensitive data about a document was leaked via its metadata.NEWS,weblink Microsoft releases metadata removal tool, Jan, Libbenga, The Register, February 2, 2004, October 30, 2010, Metadata removal was first available in 2004, when Microsoft released a tool called Remove Hidden Data Add-in for Office 2003/XP for this purpose.WEB,weblink Office 2003/XP Add-in: Remove Hidden Data, Download Center, Microsoft, July 8, 2008, It was directly integrated into Office 2007 in a feature called the Document Inspector.


A major feature of the Office suite is the ability for users and third party companies to write add-ins (plug-ins) that extend the capabilities of an application by adding custom commands and specialized features. One of the new features is the Office Store.WEB, Julie, Bort,weblink Microsoft Shows Off A New App Store For Office 2013, Business Insider, August 6, 2012, April 24, 2013, Plugins and other tools can be downloaded by users.WEB, Mark, Hachman,weblink Inside The New Microsoft Office App Store: One Developer's Story, small-biz, ReadWrite, January 19, 2013, April 24, 2013, Developers can make money by selling their applications in the Office Store. The revenue is divided between the developer and Microsoft where the developer gets 80% of the money.WEB, Pete, Pachal,weblink Yes, Even Microsoft Office Has Apps Now, Mashable, August 7, 2012, April 24, 2013, Developers are able to share applications with all Office users.The app travels with the document, and it is for the developer to decide what the recipient will see when they open it. The recipient will either have the option to download the app from the Office Store for free, start a free trial or be directed to payment.With Office's cloud abilities, IT department can create a set of apps for their business employees in order to increase their productivity.WEB, Murph, Darren,weblink Microsoft's Office Store now open for business, productivity-boosting apps just a click away, Engadget, Aol, August 6, 2012, April 24, 2013, When employees go to the Office Store, they'll see their company's apps under My Organization. The apps that employees have personally downloaded will appear under My Apps. Developers can use web technologies like HTML5, XML, CSS3, JavaScript, and APIs for building the apps.WEB,weblink Overview of apps for Office, MSDN, Microsoft, February 26, 2013, April 24, 2013, An application for Office is a webpage that is hosted inside an Office client application. User can use apps to amplify the functionality of a document, email message, meeting request, or appointment. Apps can run in multiple environments and by multiple clients, including rich Office desktop clients, Office Web Apps, mobile browsers, and also on-premises and in the cloud. The type of add-ins supported differ by Office versions:
  • Office 97 onwards (standard Windows DLLs i.e. Word WLLs and Excel XLLs)
  • Office 2000 onwards (COM add-ins)WEB,weblink How to build an Office 2000 COM add-in in Visual Basic, Microsoft, January 24, 2007, October 30, 2010,
  • Office XP onwards (COM/OLE Automation add-ins)WEB,weblink How To Create a Visual Basic Automation Add-in for Excel Worksheet Functions, Microsoft, January 29, 2007, October 30, 2010,
  • Office 2003 onwards (Managed code add-ins – VSTO solutions)WEB,weblink Information about designing Office add-ins by using the .NET Framework, Microsoft, April 5, 2010, October 30, 2010,

Password protection

Microsoft Office has a security feature that allows users to encrypt Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Skype Business) documents with a user-provided password. The password can contain up to 255 characters and uses AES 128-bit advanced encryption by default.WEB,weblink Password protect documents, workbooks, and presentations, Microsoft Office Support, February 6, 2015, Passwords can also be used to restrict modification of the entire document, worksheet or presentation. Due to lack of document encryption, though, these passwords can be removed using a third-party cracking software.WEB,weblink Unprotect a Word Document,, March 9, 2017,

Support policies


All versions of Microsoft Office products before Microsoft Office 2019 are eligible for ten years of support following their release, during which Microsoft releases security updates for the product version and provides paid technical support. The ten-year period is divided into two five-year phases: The mainstream phase and the extended phase. During the mainstream phase, Microsoft may provide limited complimentary technical support and release non-security updates or change the design of the product. During the extended phase, said services stop.WEB, Microsoft Business, Developer and Desktop Operating Systems Policy,weblink Support, Microsoft, April 10, 2017, March 9, 2017, Office 2019 only receives 5 years of mainstream and 2 years of extended support.WEB,weblink Office 2019 On-Premises Release Details (published February 1, 2018),, 2019-02-06,

Timelines of support

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Microsoft supports Office for the Windows and macOS platforms, as well as mobile versions for Windows Phone, Android and iOS platforms. Beginning with Mac Office 4.2, the macOS and Windows versions of Office share the same file format, and are interoperable. Visual Basic for Applications support was dropped in Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac,NEWS,weblink August 7, 2006, Macworld, WWDC: Microsoft updates Universal status of Mac apps, May 25, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink October 7, 2012, then reintroduced in Office for Mac 2011.Microsoft tried in the mid-1990s to port Office to RISC processors such as NEC/MIPS and IBM/PowerPC, but they met problems such as memory access being hampered by data structure alignment requirements. Microsoft Word 97 and Excel 97 however did ship for the DEC Alpha platform. Difficulties in porting Office may have been a factor in discontinuing Windows NT on non-Intel platforms.NEWS, Can Linux break Intel's hold on the market?,weblink CNN, September 3, 1999, Nicholas Petreley,

Pricing model and editions

The Microsoft Office applications and suites are sold via retail channels, and volume licensing for larger organizations (also including the "Home Use Program". allowing users at participating organizations to buy low-cost licenses for use on their personal devices as part of their employer's volume license agreement).WEB,weblink Microsoft Office 2013 now available to business users via Home Use Program, Foley, Mary Jo, ZDNet, en, 2019-02-06, In 2010, Microsoft introduced a software as a service platform known as Office 365, to provide cloud-hosted versions of Office's server software, including Exchange e-mail and SharePoint, on a subscription basis (competing in particular with Google Apps).WEB, Microsoft takes aim at Google Apps with Office 365,weblink Network World, 15 March 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink May 1, 2013, mdy-all, WEB, BPOS Customers Face Transition to Office 365,weblink PC World, 18 June 2013, Following the release of Office 2013, Microsoft began to offer Office 365 plans for the consumer market, with access to Microsoft Office software on multiple devices with free feature updates over the life of the subscription, as well as other services such as OneDrive storage.WEB, Review: Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium Edition hopes to be at your service,weblink Ars Technica, Condé Nast, 29 January 2013, Sean, Gallagher, WEB, Office 365 for businesses gets upgraded, new bundles added,weblink ComputerWorld, IDG, Juan Carlos, Perez, 27 February 2013, Microsoft has since promoted Office 365 as the primary means of purchasing Microsoft Office. Although there are still "on-premises" releases roughly every three years, Microsoft marketing emphasizes that they do not receive new features or access to new cloud-based services as they are released unlike Office 365, as well as other benefits for consumer and business markets.WEB,weblink Microsoft really doesn’t want you to buy Office 2019, 2019-02-06, VentureBeat, en-US, 2019-02-06, WEB,weblink Microsoft announces Office 2019 for customers who don't want to pay forever for Office 365, 2017-09-26, PCWorld, en, 2019-02-06, WEB,weblink Microsoft Office has changed, how you use it should too, Branscombe, Mary, ZDNet, en, 2019-02-06, Office 365 revenue overtook traditional license sales for Office in 2017.NEWS,weblink Microsoft 4Q17: Office 365 revenue surpasses traditional licenses, Ars Technica, Condé Nast, 21 July 2017,

Retail editions

Microsoft Office is available in several editions, which regroup a given number of applications for a specific price. Current retail editions are grouped by category:
  • Home: Home, Personal, Home & Student.
  • Business: Business, Business Premium, Business Essentials.

Education pricing

Post-secondary students may obtain the University edition of Microsoft Office 365 subscription. It is limited to one user and two devices, plus the subscription price is valid for four years instead of just one. Apart from this, the University edition is identical in features to the Home Premium version. This marks the first time Microsoft does not offer physical or permanent software at academic pricing, in contrast to the University versions of Office 2010 and Office 2011. In addition, students eligible for DreamSpark program may receive select standalone Microsoft Office apps free of charge.

Discontinued applications and features

  • Microsoft Binder: Incorporates several documents into one file and was originally designed as a container system for storing related documents in a single file. The complexity of use and learning curve led to little usage, and it was discontinued after Office XP.
  • Microsoft FrontPage: a WYSIWYG HTML editor and website administration tool for Windows. It was branded as part of the Microsoft Office suite from 1997 to 2003. FrontPage was discontinued in December 2006 and replaced by Microsoft SharePoint Designer and Microsoft Expression Web.
  • Microsoft InfoPath: Windows application for designing and distributing rich XML-based forms. Last version was included in Office 2013.WEB, Update on InfoPath and SharePoint Forms,weblink Office Blogs, Microsoft, July 25, 2014, January 31, 2014,
  • Microsoft Mail: Mail client (in old versions of Office, later replaced by Microsoft Schedule Plus and subsequently Microsoft Outlook).
  • Microsoft Office Accounting
  • Microsoft Office Document Image Writer: a virtual printer that takes documents from Microsoft Office or any other application and prints them, or stores them in an image file as TIFF or Microsoft Document Imaging Format format. It was discontinued with Office 2010.WEB,weblink Alternative methods to regain the functionalities of Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI), Microsoft, May 31, 2010, October 31, 2010,
  • Microsoft Office Document Imaging: an application that supports editing scanned documents. Discontinued with Office 2010.
  • Microsoft Office Document Scanning: a scanning and OCR application. Discontinued with Office 2010.
  • Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000: A graphics program that was first released as part of the Office 2000 Premium Edition. A later version for Windows XP compatibility was released, known as PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2. Microsoft discontinued the program in 2001.
  • Microsoft Photo Editor: Photo-editing/raster-graphics software in older Office versions up to Office XP. It was supplemented by Microsoft PhotoDraw in Office 2000 Premium edition.
  • Microsoft Schedule Plus: Released with Office 95. It featured a planner, to-do list, and contact information. Its functions were incorporated into Microsoft Outlook.
  • Microsoft Virtual PC: Included with Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2004 for Mac. Microsoft discontinued support for Virtual PC on the Mac in 2006 owing to new Macs possessing the same Intel architecture as Windows PCs.NEWS,weblink WWDC: Microsoft kills Virtual PC for Mac, MacWorld, August 7, 2006, October 8, 2007, Cohen, Peter, yes,weblink" title="">weblink October 7, 2012, dmy-all, It emulated a standard PC and its hardware.
  • Microsoft Vizact 2000: A program that "activated" documents using HTML, adding effects such as animation. It allows users to create dynamic documents for the Web. Development has ended due to unpopularity.
  • Microsoft Data Analyzer 2002: A business intelligence program for graphical visualization of data and its analysis.
  • Office Assistant, included since Office 97 (Windows) and Office 98 (Mac) as a part of Microsoft Agent technology, is a system that uses animated characters to offer context-sensitive suggestions to users and access to the help system. The Assistant is often dubbed "Clippy" or "Clippit", due to its default to a paper clip character, coded as CLIPPIT.ACS. The latest versions that include the Office Assistant were Office 2003 (Windows) and Office 2004 (Mac).
  • Microsoft SharePoint Workspace (formerly known as Microsoft Office Groove): a proprietary peer-to-peer document collaboration software designed for teams with members who are regularly offline or who do not share the same network security clearance.
  • Microsoft SharePoint Designer: Initially a WYSIWYG HTML editor and website administration tool, Microsoft attempted to turn it into a specialized HTML editor for SharePoint sites, failed and discontinued it.
  • Microsoft Office InterConnect: business-relationship database available only in Japan
  • Microsoft Office Picture Manager: basic photo management software (similar to Google's Picasa or Adobe's Photoshop Elements), replaced Microsoft Photo Editor
  • Microsoft Entourage: An Outlook counterpart on macOS, Microsoft discontinued it in favor of extending the Outlook brand name.

Discontinued server applications

Discontinued web services


Microsoft Office has been criticized in the past for using proprietary file formats rather than open standards, which forces users who share data into adopting the same software platform.WEB,weblink, However, on February 15, 2008, Microsoft made the entire documentation for the binary Office formats freely available under the Open Specification Promise.WEB,weblink Open Specifications Developer Center, Microsoft, usurped,weblink" title="">weblink February 18, 2008, February 15, 2008, Also, Office Open XML, the document format for the latest versions of Office for Windows and Mac, has been standardized under both Ecma International and ISO. Ecma International has published the Office Open XML specification free of copyrights and Microsoft has granted patent rights to the formats technology under the Open Specification PromiseMicrosoft Open Specification Promise and has made available free downloadable converters for previous versions of Microsoft Office including Office 2003, Office XP, Office 2000 and Office 2004 for the Mac. Third-party implementations of Office Open XML exist on the Mac platform (iWork 08) and Linux ( 2.3 – Novell Edition only).Another point of criticism Microsoft Office has faced was the lack of support in its Mac versions for Unicode and Bi-directional text languages, notably Arabic and Hebrew. This issue, which had existed since the first release in 1989, was addressed in the 2016 version.WEB,weblink "Velkommen, Tervetuloa, Velkommen" and "Bienvenue à Paris", Paquin, Eric, Microsoft, Mac Mojo, WEB,weblink Type in a bi-directional language in Office 2016 for Mac, Microsoft, Office Support, September 10, 2016, On 13 November 2018, a report initiated by the Government of the Netherlands concluded that Microsoft Office 2016 and Office 365 do not comply with GDPR, the European law which regulates data protection and privacy for all citizens in and outside the EU and EFTA regionweblink The investigation was initiated by the observation that Microsoft does not reveal or share publicly any data collected about users of its software. In addition, the company does not provide users of its (Office) software an option to turn off diagnostic and telemetry data sent back to the company. Researchers found that most of the data that the Microsoft software collects and "sends home" is diagnostics. Researchers also observed that Microsoft "seemingly tried to make the system GDPR compliant by storing Office documents on servers based in the EU". However, they discovered the software packages collected additional data that contained private user information, some of which was stored on servers located in the US.WEB,weblink Netherlands Ministry of Justice, Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) Microsoft Office 2016 and 365, The Netherlands Ministry of Justice hired Privacy Company to probe and evaluate the use of Microsoft Office products in the public sector. "Microsoft systematically collects data on a large scale about the individual use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Covertly, without informing people," researchers of the Privacy Company stated in their blogpost. "Microsoft does not offer any choice with regard to the amount of data, or possibility to switch off the collection, or ability to see what data are collected, because the data stream is encoded."WEB,weblink Privacy Company, Impact assessment shows privacy risks in Microsoft Office ProPlus Enterprise, The researchers commented that there is no need for Microsoft to store information such as IPs and email addresses, which are collected automatically by the software. "Microsoft should not store these transient, functional data, unless the retention is strictly necessary, for example, for security purposes," the researchers conclude in the final report by the Netherlands Ministry of Justice.WEB,weblink Netherlands Ministry of Justice, Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) Microsoft Office 2016 and 365, As a result of this in depth study and its conclusions, the Netherlands regulatory body concluded that Microsoft has violated GDPR "on many counts" including "lack of transparency and purpose limitation, and the lack of a legal ground for the processing."WEB,weblink Netherlands Ministry of Justice, Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) Microsoft Office 2016 and 365, Microsoft has provided the Dutch authorities with an "improvement plan" that should satisfy Dutch regulators that it "would end all violations." The Dutch regulatory body is monitoring the situation and states that "If progress is deemed insufficient or if the improvements offered are unsatisfactory, SLM Microsoft Rijk will reconsider its position and may ask the Data Protection Authority to carry out a prior consultation and to impose enforcement measures."WEB,weblink Data Protection Impact Assessment op Microsoft Office, When asked for a response by an IT professional publication, a Microsoft spokesperson stated: "We are committed to our customers’ privacy, putting them in control of their data and ensuring that Office ProPlus and other Microsoft products and services comply with GDPR and other applicable laws. We appreciate the opportunity to discuss our diagnostic data handling practices in Office ProPlus with the Dutch Ministry of Justice and look forward to a successful resolution of any concerns."WEB,weblink The Register, Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office, The user privacy data issue affects ProPlus subscriptions of Microsoft Office 2016 and Microsoft Office 365, including the online version of Microsoft Office 365.WEB,weblink Netherlands Ministry of Justice, Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) Microsoft Office 2016 and 365,

History of releases

{{Version|l|show=111111}}{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"|+ Windows! rowspan="2" | Office version! rowspan="2" | Version number! colspan="2" rowspan="2" | Minimum operating system version! colspan="2" | Office support end date! Mainstream! 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Mainstream! ExtendedMicrosoft Office 2019>2019 for Mac| 16.0 macOSmacOS Sierra>10.12 – 10.14 c|October 10, 2023}}| {{N/A}}Microsoft Office 2016>2016 for Mac| 15.0OS X Yosemite>10.10 – macOS High SierraHTTPS://WWW.NEOWIN.NET/NEWS/MICROSOFT-SAYS-OFFICE-FOR-MAC-2011-WILL-NOT-BE-SUPPORTED-ON-MACOS-1013-HIGH-SIERRALAST1=WEIRDATE=JUNE 5, 2017LANGUAGE=EN, June 6, 2017, coWORK=SUPPORT ACCESSDATE=SEPTEMBER 17, 2015, | {{N/A}}Microsoft Office for Mac 2011>2011 for Mac| 14.0Mac OS X Leopard>10.5 (Intel) – 10.12oWORK=SUPPORT ACCESSDATE=APRIL 24, 2013, {{N/A}}Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac>2008 for Mac| 12.0Mac OS X Tiger>10.4 (PPC) – 10.12oWORK=SUPPORT ACCESSDATE=APRIL 24, 2013, Office 2004 for Mac>2004 for Mac| 11.0Mac OS X 10.2>10.2 – 10.6oWORK=SUPPORT ACCESSDATE=APRIL 24, 2013, | v. X| 10.0Mac OS X 10.1>10.1 – 10.6oWORK=SUPPORT ACCESSDATE=APRIL 24, 2013, Microsoft Office 2001>2001| 9.0 ClassicMac OSMac OS 8>8.1 (PPC)oWORK=SUPPORT ACCESSDATE=APRIL 24, 2013, Microsoft Office 98 Macintosh Edition>98 Macintosh Edition| 8.0System 7>7.5 (PPC)oWORK=SUPPORT ACCESSDATE=APRIL 24, 2013, | 4.2| 7.0System 7>7.0 (68K)o| {{N/A}}| 3.0| 6.0| {{Dunno}}o|June 1, 2001}}| {{N/A}}{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"|+ iOS & Android! rowspan="2" | Office version! rowspan="2" | Version number! colspan="2" rowspan="2" | Minimum operating system! colspan="2" | Office support end date! Mainstream! ExtendedWEBSITE=GOOGLE PLAYWEBSITE=GOOGLE PLAYWEBSITE=GOOGLE PLAY, Google, for Word, Excel, PowerPoint| 15.0Android (operating system)>AndroidAndroid KitKat>4.4.x KitKat Based on Office 365 subscriptionWEBSITE=APP STOREWEBSITE=APP STOREWEBSITE=APP STORE, Apple, for Word, Excel, PowerPoint| 2.24| iOS| iOS 11 Based on Office 365 subscription

Version history

Windows versions

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Microsoft Office for Windows

Microsoft Office for WindowsNEWS, The Microsoft Office for Windows Advertisement, InfoWorld, November 19, 1990, 50,weblink started in October 1990 as a bundle of three applications designed for Microsoft Windows 3.0: Microsoft Word for Windows 1.1, Microsoft Excel for Windows 2.0, and Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows 2.0.NEWS, Office for Windows Bundles Popular Microsoft Applications, InfoWorld, Johnston, Stuart J., October 1, 1990, 16,weblink Microsoft Office for Windows 1.5 updated the suite with Microsoft Excel 3.0.NEWS, Microsoft ships updated Office for Windows, InfoWorld, March 4, 1991, 16,weblink Version 1.6NEWS, The Microsoft Office for Windows 1.6 Advertisement, InfoWorld, July 8, 1991, 18–19,weblink added Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 2.1 to the bundle.NEWS, Microsoft Incorporates Mail for PC Networks Into Office for Windows, InfoWorld, Eva, Elizabeth, May 27, 1991, 16,weblink

Microsoft Office 3.0

Microsoft Office 3.0,NEWS, The Microsoft Office for Windows 3.0 Advertisement, InfoWorld, April 5, 1993, 18–19,weblink also called Microsoft Office 92, was released on August 30, 1992 andNEWS, Microsoft Office now has Mail, PowerPoint, InfoWorld, August 31, 1992, 15,weblink contained Word 2.0, Excel 4.0, PowerPoint 3.0 and Mail 3.0. It was the first version of Office also released on CD-ROM.NEWS, Pipeline, InfoWorld, February 15, 1993, 16,weblink In 1993, The Microsoft Office ProfessionalNEWS, The Microsoft Office Professional Advertisement, InfoWorld, July 5, 1993, 17–19,weblink was released, which added Microsoft Access 1.1.NEWS, Microsoft Office gets Access, InfoWorld, Willett, Shawn, Barney, Doug, May 10, 1993, 111,weblink

Microsoft Office 4.x

Microsoft Office 4.0 was released containing Word 6.0, Excel 4.0a, PowerPoint 3.0 and Mail in 1993.weblink {{webarchive|url=|date=August 29, 2012}} Word's version number jumped from 2.0 to 6.0 so that it would have the same version number as the MS-DOS and Macintosh versions (Excel and PowerPoint were already numbered the same as the Macintosh versions).Microsoft Office 4.2 for Windows NT was released in 1994 for i386, Alpha,WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, July 25, 2011, Windows NT/2000 Commercial Screen Shot Gallery: Dan's 20th Century Abandonware,, March 10, 2012, MIPS and PowerPCWEB,weblink Microsoft announced Word 6.0 and Microsoft Excel 5.0 for Windows NT Workstation,, September 19, 1994, March 10, 2012, architectures, containing Word 6.0 and Excel 5.0 (both 32-bit,WEB,weblink Microsoft readies supporting versions of Microsoft Excel and Word for Windows NT The PowerPC,, June 12, 1995, March 10, 2012, PowerPoint 4.0 (16-bit), and Microsoft Office Manager 4.2 (the precursor to the Office Shortcut Bar)).

Microsoft Office 95 and 97

Microsoft Office 95 was released on August 24, 1995. Software version numbers were altered again to create parity across the suite—every program was called version 7.0 meaning all but Word missed out versions. It was designed as a fully 32-bit version to match Windows 95. Office 95 was available in two versions, Office 95 Standard and Office 95 Professional. The standard version consisted of Word 7.0, Excel 7.0, PowerPoint 7.0, and Schedule+ 7.0. The professional edition contained all of the items in the standard version plus Microsoft Access 7.0. If the professional version was purchased in CD-ROM form, it also included Bookshelf.{{citation needed|date=October 2014}}The logo used in Office 95 returns in Office 97, 2000 and XP. Microsoft Office 98 Macintosh Edition also uses a similar logo.Microsoft Office 97 (Office 8.0) included hundreds of new features and improvements, such as introducing command bars, a paradigm in which menus and toolbars were made more similar in capability and visual design. Office 97 also featured Natural Language Systems and grammar checking. Office 97 was the first version of Office to include the Office Assistant. In Brazil, it was also the first version to introduce the Registration Wizard, a precursor to Microsoft Product Activation.

Microsoft Office 2000 to 2003

Microsoft Office 2000 (Office 9.0) introduced adaptive menus, where little-used options were hidden from the user. It also introduced a new security feature, built around digital signatures, to diminish the threat of macro viruses. Office 2000 automatically trusts macros (written in VBA 6) that were digitally signed from authors who have been previously designated as trusted. The Registration Wizard, a precursor to Microsoft Product Activation, remained in Brazil and was also extended to Australia and New Zealand, though not for volume-licensed editions. Academic software in the United States and Canada also featured the Registration Wizard.Microsoft Office XP (Office 10.0 or Office 2002) was released in conjunction with Windows XP, and was a major upgrade with numerous enhancements and changes over Office 2000. Office XP introduced the Safe Mode feature, which allows applications such as Outlook to boot when it might otherwise fail by bypassing a corrupted registry or a faulty add-in. Smart tag is a technology introduced with Office XP in Word and Excel and discontinued in Office 2010. Office XP includes integrated voice command and text dictation capabilities, as well as handwriting recognition. It was the first version to require Microsoft Product Activation worldwide and in all editions as an anti-piracy measure, which attracted widespread controversy.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, February 9, 2013, Office XP Product Activation: A Personal Saga, Chernicoff, David, Windows IT Pro, June 22, 2001, November 7, 2010, Product Activation remained absent from Office for Mac releases until it was introduced in Office 2011 for Mac.Microsoft Office 2003 (Office 11.0) was released in 2003. It featured a new logo. Two new applications made their debut in Office 2003: Microsoft InfoPath and OneNote. It is the first version to use new, more colorful icons. Outlook 2003 provides improved functionality in many areas, including Kerberos authentication, RPC over HTTP, Cached Exchange Mode, and an improved junk mail filter.

Microsoft Office 2007

Microsoft Office 2007 (Office 12.0) was released in 2007. Office 2007's new features include a new graphical user interface called the Fluent User Interface,WEB,weblink Use the Ribbon instead of toolbars and menus, Microsoft, June 8, 2016, replacing the menus and toolbars that have been the cornerstone of Office since its inception with a tabbed toolbar, known as the Ribbon; new XML-based file formats called Office Open XML; and the inclusion of Groove, a collaborative software application.NEWS,weblink Review: A Comprehensive Look At Microsoft Office 2007, Rick, Scott, David, DeJean, Serdar, Yegulalp, InformationWeek, November 20, 2006, October 30, 2010, {{anchor|Protected view}}

Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 (Office 14.0, because Microsoft skipped 13.0WEB,weblink Microsoft to skip "unlucky" Office 13, APC, Future plc, Future, March 29, 2007, David, Flynn, ) was finalized on April 15, 2010 and made available to consumers on June 15, 2010.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Microsoft Office 2010 Now Available for Consumers Worldwide, Microsoft, June 10, 2010, October 30, 2010, NEWS,weblink Office 14 slated for a 2009/2010 Release,, February 15, 2007, December 19, 2009, The main features of Office 2010 include the backstage file menu, new collaboration tools, a customizable ribbon, protected view and a navigation panel. This is the first version to ship in 32-bit and 64-bit variants. Microsoft Office 2010 featured a new logo, which resembled the 2007 logo, except in gold, and with a modification in shape.WEB,weblink Office 2010: new logo, Outlook, and user interface, April 18, 2009, Zack, Whittaker, ZDNet, CBS Interactive, October 30, 2010, Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 on June 28, 2011WEB,weblink Microsoft Office 2010 – Service Pack 1,, March 10, 2012,
and Service Pack 2 on July 16, 2013.WEB,weblink Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2 Availability, July 16, 2013, Microsoft TechNet, TechNet, Microsoft, August 5, 2018,

Microsoft Office 2013

A technical preview of Microsoft Office 2013 (Build 15.0.3612.1010) was released on January 30, 2012, and a Customer Preview version was made available to consumers on July 16, 2012.WEB, PJ, Hough,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, January 31, 2012, "Office 15" Begins Technical Preview, Office Exec, Microsoft, January 30, 2013, April 24, 2013, It sports a revamped application interface; the interface is based on Metro, the interface of Windows Phone and Windows 8. Microsoft Outlook has received the most pronounced changes so far; for example, the Metro interface provides a new visualization for scheduled tasks. PowerPoint includes more templates and transition effects, and OneNote includes a new splash screen.WEB,weblink Microsoft Office 2012 15.0.2703.1000: First Look with Full Screenshots – Office 2012,, March 16, 2011, August 29, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink June 23, 2011, dmy-all, On May 16, 2011, new images of Office 15 were revealed, showing Excel with a tool for filtering data in a timeline, the ability to convert Roman numerals to Arabic numerals, and the integration of advanced trigonometric functions. In Word, the capability of inserting video and audio online as well as the broadcasting of documents on the Web were implemented.WEB,weblink Office 15 Build 15.0.2703.1000 images leak,, August 29, 2011, Microsoft has promised support for Office Open XML Strict starting with version 15, a format Microsoft has submitted to the ISO for interoperability with other office suites, and to aid adoption in the public sector.WEB,weblink Office’s Support for ISO/IEC 29500 Strict, Doug Mahugh, MSDN blogs, February 18, 2011, This version can read and write ODF 1.2 (Windows only).WEB,weblink Microsoft Office 15 to support ODF 1.2, April 26, 2012, On October 24, 2012, Office 2013 Professional Plus was released to manufacturing and was made available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers for download.WEB,weblink Microsoft releases Office 2013 Professional Plus RTM to TechNet and MSDN subscribers, WinBeta, October 24, 2012, November 18, 2012, On November 15, 2012, the 60-day trial version was released for public download.WEB,weblink Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 60-day trial now available for download, WinBeta, November 15, 2012, November 18, 2012, Office 2013 was released to general availability on January 29, 2013.WEB,weblink Microsoft says Office 2013 will arrive on 29 January, Page, Carly, January 28, 2013, The Inquirer, Incisive Media, August 5, 2018, Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 was released on February 25, 2014.WEB,weblink List of all Service Pack 1 (SP1) updates for Microsoft Office 2013 and related desktop products, February 25, 2014, Microsoft Support, Microsoft, August 5, 2018,

Microsoft Office 2016

On January 22, 2015, the Microsoft Office blog announced that the next version of the suite for Windows desktop, Office 2016, was in development. On May 4, 2015, a public preview of Microsoft Office 2016 was released.WEB, The next chapter of Office on Windows,weblink Office Blog, Microsoft, February 6, 2015, WEB, Microsoft's touch-friendly Office apps now available to download for Windows 10,weblink PC World, IDG, February 6, 2015, WEB, Foley, Mary, Microsoft delivers public preview of Office 2016 for Windows desktops,weblink ZDNet, CBS Interactive, May 5, 2015, Office 2016 was released for Mac OS X on July 9, 2015WEB, Koenigsbauer, Kirk, Office 2016 for Mac is here!,weblink Office Blogs, Microsoft, July 9, 2015, July 9, 2015, and for Windows on September 22, 2015.WEB, Koenigsbauer, Kirk, The new Office is here,weblink Office Blogs, Microsoft, September 22, 2015, September 22, 2015,

Microsoft Office 2019

On September 26, 2017, Microsoft announced that the next version of the suite for Windows desktop, Office 2019, was in development. On April 27, 2018, Microsoft released Office 2019 Commercial Preview for Windows 10.WEB, Microsoft releases Office 2019 preview, April 27, 2018, THE VERGE,weblink

Mac versions

Prior to packaging its various office-type Mac OS software applications into Office, Microsoft released Mac versions of Word 1.0 in 1984, the first year of the Macintosh computer; Excel 1.0 in 1985; and PowerPoint 1.0 in 1987.WEB,weblink History of the Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit, Microsoft Word format, August 2009, Microsoft, October 30, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink May 15, 2011, dmy-all, Microsoft does not include its Access database application in Office for Mac.Microsoft has noted that some features are added to Office for Mac before they appear in Windows versions, such as Office for Mac 2001's Office Project Gallery and PowerPoint Movie feature, which allows users to save presentations as QuickTime movies.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Office Macintosh Edition: A History of "Mac-First" Technology, Microsoft, April 26, 1999, October 30, 2010, PRESS RELEASE,weblink Microsoft Office 2001 for Mac Available Nationwide, Microsoft, October 11, 2000, October 30, 2010, However, Microsoft Office for Mac has been long criticized for its lack of support of Unicode and for its lack of support for right-to-left languages, notably Arabic, Hebrew and Persian.WEB,weblink Higgaion, It's official: no RTL support in Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, Chris, Heard, September 27, 2007, October 30, 2010, WEB,weblink Mac Mojo: The Office for Mac Team Blog, I know I've spelled this right!, Eric, Paquin, August 3, 2010, October 30, 2010,

Early Office for Mac releases (1989–1994)

Microsoft Office for Mac was introduced for Mac OS in 1989, before Office was released for Windows.NEWS,weblink Microsoft and Mac, Happy Together, Business Week, Stephen H., Wildstrom, January 3, 2008, October 30, 2010, It included Word 4.0, Excel 2.2, PowerPoint 2.01, and Mail 1.37.NEWS,weblink The Microsoft Office Bundles 4 Programs, Flynn, Laurie, InfoWorld, 37, June 19, 1989, October 30, 2010, It was originally a limited-time promotion but later became a regular product. With the release of Office on CD-ROM later that year, Microsoft became the first major Mac publisher to put its applications on CD-ROM.NEWS,weblink Microsoft Office Programs Will Be Available on CD ROM, Flynn, Laurie, InfoWorld, 5, August 7, 1989, October 30, 2010, Microsoft Office 1.5 for Mac was released in 1991 and included the updated Excel 3.0, the first application to support Apple's System 7 operating system.Microsoft Office 3.0 for Mac was released in 1992 and included Word 5.0, Excel 4.0, PowerPoint 3.0 and Mail Client. Excel 4.0 was the first application to support new AppleScript.Microsoft Office 4.2 for Mac was released in 1994. (Version 4.0 was skipped to synchronize version numbers with Office for Windows) Version 4.2 included Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, PowerPoint 4.0 and Mail 3.2.NEWS,weblink Microsoft set to unveil Office for Power Mac, Greenberg, Ilan, InfoWorld, 21, August 4, 1994, November 7, 2010, It was the first Office suite for Power Macintosh. Its user interface was identical to Office 4.2 for WindowsNEWS,weblink Mac Office matches Windows — almost, Hall, Christopher, Tews, Carey, InfoWorld, 117, November 7, 1994, November 7, 2010, leading many customers to comment that it wasn't Mac-like enough. The final release for Mac 68K was Office 4.2.1, which updated Word to version 6.0.1, somewhat improving performance.

Microsoft Office 98 Macintosh Edition

Microsoft Office 98 Macintosh Edition was unveiled at MacWorld Expo/San Francisco in 1998. It introduced the Internet Explorer 4.0 web browser and Outlook Express, an Internet e-mail client and usenet newsgroup reader.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Microsoft Unveils Office 98 Macintosh Edition and Internet Explorer 4.0 for Macintosh; Apple Introduces Mac OS 8.1 With Internet Explorer as Default Browser, Microsoft, January 6, 1998, October 30, 2010, Office 98 was re-engineered by Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit to satisfy customers' desire for software they felt was more Mac-like. It included drag–and-drop installation, self-repairing applications and Quick Thesaurus, before such features were available in Office for Windows. It also was the first version to support QuickTime movies.

Microsoft Office 2001 and v. X

(File:OfficeMac v X.PNG|thumb|125px|right|Microsoft Office v. X box art)Microsoft Office 2001 was launched in 2000 as the last Office suite for the classic Mac OS. It required a PowerPC processor. This version introduced Entourage, an e-mail client that included information management tools such as a calendar, an address book, task lists and notes.Microsoft Office v. X was released in 2001 and was the first version of Microsoft Office for Mac OS X.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Microsoft Office v. X for Mac Hits U.S. Retail Stores, Microsoft, November 19, 2001, October 30, 2010, Support for Office v. X ended on January 9, 2007 after the release of the final update, 10.1.9Microsoft Office v. X for Mac 10.1.9 Update Office v.X includes Word X, Excel X, PowerPoint X, Entourage X, MSN Messenger for Mac and Windows Media Player 9 for Mac; it was the last version of Office for Mac to include Internet Explorer for Mac.WEB, Tom, Negrino, Microsoft Office v. X,weblink Macworld, International Data Group, IDG, June 28, 2013, February 1, 2002,

Office 2004

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac was released on May 11, 2004.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Work Just Got Better: Introducing Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, Microsoft, January 6, 2004, October 30, 2010, It includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage and Virtual PC. It is the final version of Office to be built exclusively for PowerPC and to officially support G3 processors, as its sequel lists a G4, G5 or Intel processor as a requirement. It was notable for supporting Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), which is unavailable in Office 2008. This led Microsoft to extend support for Office 2004 from October 13, 2009 to January 10, 2012. VBA functionality was reintroduced in Office 2011, which is only compatible with Intel processors.

Office 2008

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac was released on January 15, 2008. It was the only Office for Mac suite to be compiled as a universal binary, being the first to feature native Intel support and the last to feature PowerPC support for G4 and G5 processors, although the suite is unofficially compatible with G3 processors. New features include native Office Open XML file format support, which debuted in Office 2007 for Windows, and stronger Microsoft Office password protection employing AES-128 and SHA-1. Benchmarks suggested that compared to its predecessor, Office 2008 ran at similar speeds on Intel machines and slower speeds on PowerPC machines.WEB,weblink MS Mactopia Blog, March 13, 2008, Office 2008 also lacked Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support, leaving it with only 15 months of additional mainstream support compared to its predecessor. Nevertheless, five months after it was released, Microsoft said that Office 2008 was "selling faster than any previous version of Office for Mac in the past 19 years" and affirmed "its commitment to future products for the Mac."PRESS RELEASE,weblink Microsoft Mac BU Delivers Strongest Launch in History of Office for Mac, Microsoft, May 13, 2008, October 30, 2010,

Office 2011

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 was released on October 26, 2010,.NEWS, Microsoft launches Office 2011,weblink Macworld, Marco, Tabini, October 26, 2010, October 26, 2010, It is the first version of Office for Mac to be compiled exclusively for Intel processors, dropping support for the PowerPC architecture. It features an OS X version of Outlook to replace the Entourage email client. This version of Outlook is intended to make the OS X version of Office work better with Microsoft's Exchange server and with those using Office for Windows.WEB, Hughes, Neil,weblink Microsoft says Office 2010, Outlook for Mac coming next year, AppleInsider, August 13, 2009, December 19, 2009, Office 2011 includes a Mac-based Ribbon similar to Office for Windows.

OneNote and Outlook release (2014)

Microsoft OneNote for Mac was released on March 17, 2014. It marks the company's first release of the note-taking software on the Mac. It is available as a free download to all users of the Mac App Store in OS X Mavericks.WEB,weblink O'Brien, Terrence, Microsoft's OneNote goes completely free, launches for Macs, Engadget, March 17, 2014, November 3, 2014, Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Mac debuted on October 31, 2014. It requires a paid Office 365 subscription, meaning that traditional Office 2011 retail or volume licenses cannot activate this version of Outlook. On that day, Microsoft confirmed that it would release the next version of Office for Mac in late 2015.WEB,weblink Steele, Billy, Microsoft releases new Outlook for Mac to Office 365 subscribers, Engadget, October 31, 2014, November 3, 2014, Despite dropping support for older versions of OS X and only keeping support for 64-bit-only versions of OS X, these versions of OneNote and Outlook are 32-bit applications like their predecessors.

Office 2016

The first Preview version of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac was released on March 5, 2015.NEWS, Microsoft announces Office 2016 for Mac Preview, download now available,weblink Neowin, Brad, Sams, March 5, 2015, March 5, 2015, On July 9, 2015, Microsoft released the final version of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. It was immediately made available for Office 365 subscribers with either a Home, Personal, Business, Business Premium, E3 or ProPlus subscription. A non-Office 365 edition of Office 2016 was made available as a one-time purchase option on September 22, 2015.



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