Back in November, Microsoft launched the Office Insider Program, offering early access to new features and updates for Office 365 subscribers. Now Apple users can get in on the fun with a preview program of their own.
Users can opt-in to the Office Insider for Mac program from the Microsoft Auto Update (MAU) tool their Macs. With a mildly elaborate email invitation, anyone who wanted to test out upcoming features to Office and didn't mind several update cycles during that period could sign up and offer feedback. There should be a checkbox for enabling Office Insider.
When it comes to specifications, users can expect that the iPad Air 3 would not be sporting the famous 3D Touch feature found on the iPhone 6s.
The best thing about this update is that you do not necessarily need the Apple Pencil to take advantage of this new inking feature. "This immersive, versatile technology also provides access to top-notch content and can replace bulky desktop devices to save space and allow Lynn to convert computer labs into interactive, mobile workspaces-places that inspire creativity and foster collaboration". There's also support for shape recognition - quickly sketching a circle can now result in a perfectly symmetrical circle, for example.
PowerPoint Mobile for Windows will get real-time co-authoring support, allowing users to view changes to files as they occur. The company is also bringing its PowerPoint Designer and Morph tools, which let you spruce up and animate PowerPoint slides, from Windows 10 over to iOS. If nothing else, this should give Mac users the warm, fuzzy feeling that they're now on the inside track, having been left out in the cold by the Office team for years. Lately, Microsoft has been working to harmonize the Windows and Mac Office experience.