I’ve been tinkering with computers since I was a kid, but in the past ten or so years, mainstream computing has become more and more locked down, enclosed, lightweight, and, well, polished. I even wrote a blog post about how, nowadays, most computers are amazing. Long gone are the days when I had to worry about line voltage, IRQ settings, diagnosing bad capacitors, and replacing 40-pin cables that went bad!
Microsoft released the preview edition of Office 2016 for Mac. It’s downloadable here for free, with a final release expected “later this summer” and available for use via an Office 365 subscription.
Office 2011 for Mac was a mess of a release in terms of interface. At the top of the document window was a toolbar, followed by a collapsible tab bar with multiple levels of buttons, all in various shades of gray. Office 2016 is a vast improvement.