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Microsoft Office for Mac 16.72

Microsoft has released version 16.72 of Office for Mac with Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint updates. Outlook users receive a much-improved multi-account Profile experience within Outlook (which is rolling out gradually), time zone updates for an upcoming DST transition in Mexico, a fix for searching problems in Gmail accounts when the All Mailboxes search scope is selected, support for 1.9 Add-in API set, and resolution to an authentication issue with IMAP and iCloud accounts. Excel gets formula evaluation tooltips (after selecting just a part of your formula), while PowerPoint gains closed captions for audio objects. ($149.99 for a one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update through Microsoft AutoUpdate, release notes, macOS 10.15+)

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  1. What’s weird is I upgraded to the same 16.72 release on two Macs, with Outlook configured the same. One gained the new profile feature, the other didn’t.

    And I hate the new profile feature. The problem is that it moves the Navigation bar (with the icons for switching between Mail, Calendar, etc.) to the left side, instead of at the bottom of the sidebar where it belongs.

    I can find no way to move the navigation bar or turn off profiles. The only recourse is to switch back to the “Legacy” interface.

    Update: Outlook for Windows is also changing to have the navigation bar on the left, but in this version there’s a setting to disable “Show Apps in Outlook”. But that setting doesn’t exist on macOS, unless there’s a hidden property value we can set.

    Update 2: You can use New Outlook with the navigation bar at the bottom, for now, by turning off the profile feature: Help > Clear Application Data > Experimental Features > Clear.

  2. MacWorld and Cult of Mac are both running deals that seem too good to be true. I’d normally and immediately think these are scams, but coming from those two legit names I’m puzzled. What’s going on here?

    Both MacWorld and Cult of Mac are offering MS Office for $45! Yes, it’s the 2021 version, but that’s fine. How does this work? How can anyone who seems to be legit sell office for $45 when the going price is $145? Thanks for any enlightenment. (Links below)

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