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Review: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac

Office 2016 for Mac

Page Updated: November 10,  2015

Product Information

Microsoft has released the enterprise version of Office 2016 for Mac with new features and enhancements over the previous 2011 version. For detailed information about updates to Office 2016 for Mac, see the Microsoft's Office 2016 for Mac website.

Recommendation

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is compatible with all university-owned Mac computers that meet the system requirements including OS X Yosemite (10.10) or higher.

Office 2016 for Mac is compatible with most Texas State IT services. Before upgrading, be sure that the services tested and reported here will not disrupt any of your business processes.

Support Summary

ITAC supports Office 2016 for Mac for Texas State business purposes and provides best effort support for personal computers.

Compatibility Review

This table displays results of our compatibility review of Office 2016 for Mac and Texas State IT services. 

Service

Compatible With Texas State IT Services?

Notes

Absolute Manage Yes Office 2016 for Mac is projected to be made available via Absolute Manage in late 2015.
Office 2011 for Mac (backwards compatibility) Yes Files created in Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac can be opened and edited in Office 2016 for Mac. Also, files created in Office 2016 for Mac can be opened in the Office 2011 suite.
Office 2013 for Windows Yes Documents created in Office 2013 for Windows will open and function as expected in Office 2016 for Mac. Documents created in Office 2016 for Mac will open in Office 2013 for Windows.
PDF Import and Export Features Yes Mac does not support direct import of PDF files.
SharePoint Sites Yes

 

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How to Get Office 2016 for Mac

Office 2016 for Mac is available to download and install on Texas State-owned Mac computers. Learn more here.

Office 2016 for Mac is available for personal use via the free Office 365 ProPlus Software option for faculty, staff, and student personal computers. For more information, see MS Office - Personal Use for Faculty & Staff and Microsoft for Students.

Hardware Requirements*

Texas State's minimum hardware requirements for Office 2016 for Mac:

  • OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later
  • RAM: 4 GB (gigabytes) or more
  • Available hard disk space: 8 GB or more

Release Dates and Version Updates

The following table contains version and release date history related to content on this page.

Date Version Notes
09/15/2015 Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac (Preview Version 15.13.1) Pre-production release
11/10/2015 Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac Production release