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Microsoft emits Office 2016 for Mac (psst: you’ll need an Office 365 sub)

Office 2016 Word for Mac

Or wait until September to buy a copy

Word for Mac in Office 2016

Microsoft has released a new version of Office for OS X computers: Office 2016 for Mac will include new versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

The Windows goliath is touting the applications’ revamped high-resolution user interface, which is designed to take advantage of Apple Retina displays.

Excel in Office 2016 for Mac

Five years in the making, thrilling new spreadsheets!

Office for Mac has been out since March as an open beta project, and has now been cleared for general use. Microsoft Office client applications and services team vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer said in a blog post Redmond received more than 100,000 feedback messages from Mac users during the beta test.

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Microsoft Releases New Outlook for Mac for Office 365

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Microsoft released new Outlook for Mac software for its Office 365 subscribers today, and announced future roadmap details for Office for Mac.

Office for Mac is Microsoft’s premises-installed productivity suite (with Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word) for Apple Mac computers. Microsoft indicated today that Office for Mac users can expect a public beta of the next release in “the first half of 2015,” with general availability happening in the second half of that year. In general, though, Microsoft is prioritizing its Office 365 releases over its “boxed” Office for Mac releases.

Outlook for Mac for Office 365
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Outlook for Mac e-mail client solution for Office 365 is available today for commercial subscribers, as well for Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscribers. It’s available to commercial subscribers through the Office 365 Portal or via Microsoft’s software download page. Consumer subscribers can get it through their My Account link, according to Microsoft’s announcement.

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Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

Independent tests of Mac antivirus products have discovered that the effectiveness of these security packages runs from a risible 20 per cent to an unimpeachable 100 per cent.

German security lab AV-TEST.org put 18 free and paid-for Mac OS X security products and services to the test, discovering widely differing performances in the process (results spreadsheet here). Poor performers included Webroot SecureAnywhere (19.7 per cent scan detection), McAfee Internet Security (26.5 per cent) and Trend Micro Titanium (38.5 per cent).

By contrast, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, G Data Antivirus for Mac and Norman Antivirus for Mac aced the test. Avast! Free Antivirus and Sophos Anti-Virus both scored in the high 90s for detection. However another freebie scanner, Avira Free Antivirus, only achieved 68 per cent. Norton Internet Security from Symantec achieved a mediocre 54.7 per cent in the scan test.

Mac attack

AV-TEST.org’s testing methodology involved installing the security products on identical iMacs that were all connected to the internet, so the products could also use their cloud and reputation services. All the products were updated using the built-in functionality before each of the products was run through its paces with a series of on-demand scans and on-access tests fearing around 115 Mac OS X malware samples. The mixed results surprised the well-established security software testing house.

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