History

Microsoft released the initial versions for Mac applications namely “Word 1.0” in 1984 that was the first year of Apple’s Macintosh computer, Excel 1.0 was released in 1985 followed by “PowerPoint 1.0” release in 1987. Microsoft did not include its database application “Access” in this release of this office version for Mac. It is worth mentioning that in 1989 Microsoft Office for Apple’s Mac operating system was released, before it was introduced in Microsoft own Windows operating system. Initially it was marketed as a limited time promotion but later on it became a regular product. At the end of that year in 1989 with the release of CD-ROM Microsoft was in the lead as a Mac publisher putting its applications in CD-ROM. The final release of Microsoft Office for Mac version 1.0 came in to existence on November 19, 1990.

After this scenario the Microsoft for Mac software went through an evolution leading to a noticeably significant version on the year 1998.

Microsoft Office 98 Macintosh Edition

Unveiled at Macworld Expo at San Francisco on January 6, 1998, this version of the software was an attained milestone aimed by Microsoft’s Macintosh Business unit to reengineer and recreate this software into the look and feel of a more “Mac-like” software. This version namely MS Office 98 Macintosh Edition introduced some very nifty and powerful features that still persists in one way or other in the modern versions of this software. It included drag and drop installation, self-repairing applications and a Quick Thesaurus that it inherited from its Windows software counterpart. Later on Microsoft published “Microsoft Office 98 Gold Edition” that had all the features of the normal edition plus Microsoft FrontPage version 1.0 for Macintosh was included along with Microsoft Bookshelf 98 reference software and Microsoft Encarta 98 Microsoft Deluxe Edition. All of these additional software applications were deprecate by Microsoft later on.

Microsoft Office 2016 Mac Edition

The most current and state of the art version of Microsoft Office is “Microsoft Office 2016 Mac Edition”.  Microsoft has enhanced the software with some visual feature to facelift its user interface. The new features include full support for ribbons and Retina Display along with sharing features of MS Office documents. Microsoft Office 2016 also has a version that is dubbed as Office 365 which mainly provides online cloud storage and many other neat features. In the beginning of this millennium, Microsoft introduced Student version of MS Office for MAC that became very popular among the academia. Microsoft has introduced both Office 365 University Edition with four years’ subscription for PC and MAC and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2016 for Mac Editions till this date.