Fulfilling on its promise Apple has now welcomed Microsoft’s Office 365 to its Mac Store. This great news has made the New Year a happy one for those who are Apple loyalist, yet secretly wished for Microsoft Office. Microsoft is making its Office suite available on Apple’s Mac App Store after a short delay for the first time.
Until now, those who wished to use Microsoft Office and its popular products like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote had to visit the Microsoft website and download it from there and apply. The software giant has specially designed this version of Office 365 for Mac to enhance the experience of its new users by supporting features unique to Mac like Dark Mode, Continuity Camera in macOS, as well as the MacBook Pro Touch Bar and Mac’s industry-leading Trackpad. Available now in the neat package in Mac App Store Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive are all included as part of the Microsoft Office 365 App bundle. The user needs an Office 365 subscription to use tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The apps, which earlier needed Microsoft’s separate AutoUpdate (MAU), will be now updated automatically.
Shaan Pruden, senior director of worldwide developer relation at Apple, told that the lack of bundling was the major roadblock while entering the partnership earlier, after coming to an agreement on it we are ready for this great collaboration.
Apple Inc., senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller, also welcomed Microsoft to the Mac App Store. He congratulated the two companies, who have worked really hard in bringing the excellent Office productivity to the Mac owners, now with its availability in the Mac App Store, it will be possible to provide our iPad, iPhone and Mac users the most advanced and latest version of Office 365.
This step is the best example of an expansion that Microsoft under its CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft, which powers nine out of 10 personal computers in the world with its monopoly-making software, is looking beyond its obsession with Windows and company is extending a friendly hand even towards its stiff rivals. Although the two tech giants disclose no specifics about the financial arrangements, one can only guess what this partnership would be worth cost.
For Mac and Apple users primarily in the IT industry, it is so far the best offering by the company in recent times.
Aida Martin is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the