Monday, 23 March 2015

MS Office for Mac 16 Preview + Download

Office on the Mac has always been considered a bit of an after-thought, but with Apple’s dumbing down of its iWork apps, Microsoft has gone to great lengths to give the first new version of Office in five years a real shot in the arm.
Office 2016 is all about the cloud – it’s tightly integrated into Microsoft’s OneDrive and SharePoint services, but you don’t need to use either if you have no desire to (at least during the preview period). Its codebase has been completely refreshed and optimised for modern Macs, and it’s designed to work beautifully on Retina displays.
Like the previous version, it consists of five apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote, and each has been updated and redesigned to fit in with the modern Office look that’s been rolled out on other platforms while ensuring it fits in with the OS X look.
Veteran users will notice the ribbon has been updated along with the task pane to make features more immediate and visible. Word users gain a handy new Design tab for managing a document’s layout, and a Navigation sidebar (confusingly referred to as Document Sidebar) for working more efficiently with larger documents.
Excel’s new features bring it in line with Excel 2013 on Windows, and include a new Analysis Toolpak offering a wide number of statistical functions, as well as a PivotTable Slicer, which is designed to pick out patterns from large volumes of data.
PowerPoint debuts a new Presenter View that makes it easier than ever to present your slideshow, plus a new animation pane is supplemented with a number of new slide transition effects.
The suite is rounded off with the latest version of Outlook for Mac, recently released as a standalone product, and OneNote. The Mac version of the latter remains less powerful than on other platforms, but is slowly catching up. Version 15.8 improves its sharing capabilities.
Regardless of how you feel about Microsoft on the Mac platform, there’s no doubt this is the slickest, most feature-packed version of Office yet. If you’re looking for a serious office package, this is it.
Note: this is the Preview version, which is free during the remainder of beta testing. The final version is due later this year.

Platforms: Mac OS X
Version: 15.8.0
Licence: Free during beta-testing
Manufacturer: Microsoft


Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Price & Spes)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 continues to be Microsoft's flagships device, but it's no secret that it's also one of the most pricey tablets on the market, with the top-of-the-range model now available for no less than $1,949...
Fortunately, Microsoft rolls out price cuts for the Surface Pro 3 every once in a while, and today the company has announced a similar discount that makes some of the models available in its lineup available at a more affordable price.
The $150 discount covers the three most powerful Surface Pro 3 tablet configurations featuring 256 GB or 512 GB of storage space, so prices remain the same for the entry-level versions.
As a result, you can buy the Surface Pro 3 with 256 GB of storage space for $1,149 if you go for the Intel i5 processor or for $1,399 in case you choose the more powerful Intel i7 running at 1.7 GHz.
Those who want the best of the best can always choose the Intel i7 Surface Pro 3 with 512 GB of storage space, which now costs only $1,799 

Microsoft hasn't said anything about how long this discount will actually be available, so if you plan to purchase the Pro 3, this is the right time to do it.