Microsoft just released a new version of Outlook for the Mac? Is this something you need -- and if so, how do you get it? Here are the details.
The entire Office suite for the Mac is looking and feeling old these days. After all, its newest version is Office 2011. Microsoft hasn't paid much attention to the suite, instead concentrating its efforts on the PC subscription version of Office, and on bringing it to the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.
However, Microsoft has finally turned attention back to the Mac version of Office. Today it's released a new version of Outlook for the Mac, but only for Office 365 customers. The new version looks and works much more like the PC and Web-based versions of Outlook. Microsoft also claims that its more reliable with better performance and has better online archive support for searching Exchange. Here are more details from Microsoft.
If you're a fan of Outlook on the Mac, are an Office 365 customer, and want the new version, you should first uninstall the old Outlook version. To do it, drag the Outlook for Mac 2011 icon to the Trash, and then drag the Outlook for Mac 2011 application from the Applications folder to the Trash. Make sure not to uninstall any other Office components.
Now it's time to install the new version of Outlook. If you're an Office 365 Commercial customer, go to your Office 365 Portal, (Gear icon--> Office 365 Settings--> Software--> Outlook for Mac icon). If you're an Office 365 consumer subscriber, go to your My Account page. In both instances you'll see instructions for installing Outlook.
As for the rest of Office for the Mac, Microsoft will be releasing a public beta of it in the first half of the year. In the second half of the year, it will release the final version.