Next version of Office for Mac revealed in leaked screenshots

On Monday, screenshots were leaked that claimed to show the next version of Outlook for Mac for the first time. Today, more screenshots have emerged from the same source, giving us a broader look at Microsoft's updated productivity suite for OS X. 

The screenshots come via cnBeta, originating from a confidential Microsoft presentation on Office 16 for Mac. The images show that Microsoft is giving Office a major overhaul for OS X, bringing it closer in style and feature set to the Windows version. The suite will include full support for Retina Displays, along with "support for new Office 2013 features". 

A second slide describes how the new version will include "seamless integration with Office 365, SkyDrive and SharePoint". The reference to SkyDrive - rather than the newer OneDrive branding that the cloud storage service adopted earlier this year - suggests that these slides may not be recent, so some of the information contained within them may have been superseded by more recent changes. 

Outlook for Mac will be "enterprise ready", with "improved reliability and performance". New features include push mail support, category sync, and weather forecast in Calendar. Other slides detail improvements and new features coming to Excel, PowerPoint, Word and OneNote.

Further slides also reveal that Microsoft plans to release the next version of Office for Mac next year. Microsoft confirmed yesterday that it is aiming to launch new versions of Office for Windows in the second half of 2015, and it is rumored to be launching Office for Android in the next couple of weeks. 

Source and images: cnBeta

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