Microsoft Releases Office 2019 for Mac Preview

Joanna Estrada
June 13, 2018

Following in Gmail's and Apple's recent redesigns, Microsoft is giving Office a makeover. There is also going to be a word translator, improved inking functionality, customisable Office ribbons, and overall accessibility improvements in Microsoft Office Word 2019 edition. Command-line tools will allow IT admins to centrally control how and when Office updates are applied to users' devices, and support for industry-standard MDM policies and preferences will give IT the power to enforce organization-wide security policies, including preferences for Visual Basic macros and app settings. Starting in July, it will be available in Outlook for Windows and Outlook for Mac in August.

Simplified ribbon-Microsoft is introducing an updated simplified version of the ribbon that is created to help users focus on their work and collaborate easily with others. Like the new ribbon, these more visible icons will also make their debut in the web version of Word at Office.com.

In Outlook such as "Reply", "Reply All" and "Forward" are basically universal.

In addition, Microsoft has also redesigned its icons for the sake of those with low visibility. However, the actual update to the software will be rolled out together for both Mac and Windows users.

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The new icons are meant to render more crisply and cleanly on screens of any size and to look better for those with vision impairments.now there are more than 10,000 different icons in Office, Friedman noted, and Microsoft wanted to make them more consistent and accessible from the get-go, using color, contrast and other design elements. They'll then make make their way to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Windows later this month, to Outlook for Windows in July and then to Outlook for Mac in August.

Zero query search allows you to simply click in the search field and before you type anything, Microsoft AI will offer a list of related documents, people you can collaborate with, and commands that you may want to execute.

Microsoft also is making search smarter by providing recommendations that officials said are "powered by AI" and the Microsoft Graph programming interfaces.

Microsoft just introduced the commercial preview of Office 2019 for Mac, with the full release scheduled for the second half of this year.

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