New version of Outlook for Mac available to students, as well as complimentary Office 365


Mac users running Microsoft Outlook will be pleased to hear that we recently released a new version of Outlook for Mac, delivering improved performance and reliability, coupled with a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office.

Compared to previous versions, this latest update gives a more consistent and familiar experience between Outlook on the PC, Outlook on the web and the Outlook Web App (OWA) for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Outlook for Mac users can expect:

  • Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.

  • A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.

  • Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.

  • Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and colour) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.

  • Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.

  • Faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange Web Services syncing.

Office 365 university subscribers can get the new Outlook for Mac by accessing their Office 365 Portal, (Gear icon > Office 365 Settings > Software > Outlook for Mac icon) or visiting the Software page.

However if you are a student who doesn’t currently own a copy of Office 365 (on any device) then you may be eligible to receive a complimentary copy of Office 365 through your school, college or university. Thanks to the Office Pro Plus Benefit for Students, Microsoft is giving every student at qualifying institutions a copy of Office 365, which can be used on up to 5 devices, as well as by different users.

To see if you are eligible for complimentary Office 365 through your school or university, please contact your institution’s IT administrator.

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