Microsoft has announced the release of a new Outlook for Mac for users of Office 365. The new version includes a number of improvements, including a new look and feel.
From the Microsoft Office Blog:
Today we are announcing the new Outlook for the Mac, which delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office. This release offers a more familiar and consistent experience between Outlook on the PC, Outlook on the web and Outlook Web App (OWA) for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
The new Outlook for Mac includes:
- Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
- A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
- Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
- Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
- Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.
- Faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange Web Services syncing.
Office 365 subscribers can access the new Outlook for Mac app via their account page. Users who already have Office for Mac 2011 and Outlook for Mac 2011 installed on their Mac, can check out this help article for guidance.
Microsoft also announced that there will be a public beta of a new version of Office for Mac, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, during the first half of 2015, with a final release scheduled for the second half of 2015.