The next version of Office for Mac is slated for a launch sometime over the summer, with the preview build getting an update this week that introduces several new features.

Along with a host of bug fixes, Microsoft has rolled out accessibility features such as better VoiceOver integration, with Word getting a bulk of the new functionality. The document editing application now comes with a search feature for finding document templates available online as well as a new Macro recording feature. New proofing tools along with several performance improvements are thrown in as well.

Here's the official changelog detailing the new additions:


  • Networking improvements for Exchange accounts
  • New "Propose New Time" feature: Meeting attendees can propose a new time for a meeting, and meeting organizers can view and modify meeting proposals and send updates.
  • Known bug fixes


  • Scrolling performance improvements
  • New Macro recording feature
  • New search feature for online document templates
  • Proofing tools: New "custom dictionary" and "exclude dictionary" support
  • New user information settings in program preferences
  • Improved keyboard shortcuts: Support for the most popular Windows Word keyboard shortcuts
  • Accessibility feature: Improved support for VoiceOver
  • Performance improvements
  • Known bug fixes


  • New Analysis ToolPak
  • New "Solver" feature
  • Accessibility feature: Improved support for VoiceOver
  • Known bug fixes


  • Accessibility feature: Improved support for VoiceOver
  • Known bug fixes

Office 2016 for Mac preview is available to download on OS X Yosemite 10.10 and higher. Head to the link below to download the most recent updates from the Microsoft Download Center. If you already have the Office preview installed, you can automatically check for updates with Microsoft's AutoUpdate tool by launching an Office program and navigating to Help --> Check for Updates.

Download Office for Mac preview

Source: Microsoft