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Microsoft Office for Mac 16.74

Microsoft has released version 16.74 of Office for Mac, with improved support for accessible PDF export from Excel. PowerPoint enables you to record a customized camera feed with the cameo feature in Recording Studio. Finally, Outlook now enables you to send emails from email aliases, makes local folders available in the new Outlook, introduces the My Day menu bar item to give you a peek into your day’s calendar, fixes a scenario where messages in the reading pane would sometimes disappear after few seconds, resolves an issue where the undo button was not clickable, and fixes a bug where calendars could become unchecked after restarting Outlook. ($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. Not for nothing, but the Office group decided that it would be a good idea to blow away many keyboard shortcuts that they viewed as “legacy” or conflicting with certain conventions and redefine them with their own. I could understand if they had offered that as a clean-up option, but they simply imposed it in an update and then touted it as a nifty thing they’d done in their user blog.

    My muscle memory with some Word shortcuts goes back at least to the 1990s, when Word 6 (the infamous single code-base version) was released and some shortcuts were changed to comply with arbitrary Word for Windows conventions. Not that I’m bitter. :slight_smile: Others go back to the original Word program on the first Macs.

    I wasn’t impressed by this move.

  2. Local mail folders in Outlook is nice to see, at last.

  3. Are you kidding?? Given your many significant contributions to this board, I suspect you are not.

    A year or so ago I posted a message that I was renewing my Microsoft Office rentware contract because of their support for Ukraine in Putin’s despicable war. I hope they announce something soon for 2023 or I’m gone.

  4. Nope. I had to track it down, as I said above, in a blog entry by the Mac team.

    I sent them feedback similar to what I posted here; they’ve been making so many good and helpful moves over the last couple of years that this just felt like a misstep.

  5. I haven’t tried Outlook for a while. I did while looking for a Mail alternative with better filing options.

    I think the show-stopper for me back then was that when replying to somebody you couldn’t add your own in-line comments/replies that weren’t indented the same as the text you were quoting. So you needed to change the color to make it clear where your replies were.

    You can tell when you get email from an Outlook users because they will write something like “see comments below in red” while with other email apps, like standard Mail, they would just write “see comments below.”

    Is that still the case with current Outlook? That your in-line comments get indented?



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