MICROSOFT HAS announced that it is to extend its successful Insider programme to the Mac.
The productivity suite is getting a boost this January with a new PowerPoint transition, Morph and PowerPoint Designer, two features rolled out in the Windows version last month.
The blog announcement explained: "PowerPoint Designer allows anyone to create high-quality professional slides within seconds. Just drop an image into your presentation and Designer provides you with several design ideas.
"Select your favourite and you’re done. This allows you to spend less time figuring out how to produce high-quality designs and more time preparing for that key moment: your presentation."
One of the elements that Insiders will test is the ongoing efforts to add real-time collaboration across Windows and Mac.
Co-authoring is currently permitted, but working simultaneously is still being implemented. It's up and running in Word, but Excel and PowerPoint are going to be the focus of this first round of testing.
Also confirmed is that Insiders will start to see real-time co-authoring across Windows and Android in the next test build, in addition to iOS which already supports the function.
The blog post confirmed: "Mac users can also get early access to Office innovations. It’s simple to get started. Just opt in to the Office Insider build from the Microsoft Auto Update tool on your Mac. To learn more about Office Insider and how to get started on your Mac, go to Office Insider."
The company warned that the breadth of devices that have to be supported means that users can't be guaranteed to see parity across all platforms at exactly the same time. iOS is getting first dibs, with Windows and Android in the coming weeks.
Office for Mac was beset by problems after its last update which borked Microsoft Outlook for over a month.
The company also confirmed today that it is implementing Apple's 3D Touch and Pencil options in the latest generation of iOS devices. µ
Tabs to more Ctrl and less Win. Such Fn.
Either that or it's a really intense holiday