There was a time that it would have been unthinkable to have iTunes on Windows, and Microsoft Office on a Mac. The two companies often refused to share their toys with competitors, and while that is still true in some aspects, this week, MacOS users can download Office 365 from the Mac App Store. The new release is one of the last standoffs between the two companies when it comes to Microsoft’s Office software, a battle that began when users couldn’t get most of Microsoft’s software on the original iPad.
In a post by Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, Spataro talked about bringing the App to the new platform. “Office empowers everyone to achieve more on any device. And Office loves Mac” Sparrow said in the statement. “We’re committed to delivering the power and simplicity of Office in an experience designed specifically for Mac, and we continue to make significant investments in the platform.”
This version of Office 365 isn’t a stripped down version of the application. The MacOS version offers the same cloud-connected features as its Windows counterpart, and you will find full installs of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive. The app also takes advantages of some of Apple’s more popular MacOS features, like Dark Mode and Touch Bar support for MacBook Pro users.
“We are excited to welcome Microsoft Office 365 to the all-new Mac App Store in macOS Mojave,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said in the statement. “Apple and Microsoft have worked together to bring great Office productivity to Mac users from the very beginning. Now, with Office 365 on the Mac App Store, it’s easier than ever to get the latest and best version of Office 365 for Mac, iPad, and iPhone.”
The cloud-connectivity should make it easy to switch between platform, letting users work on documents at work or on the go regardless of which operating they use at either location.