Microsoft officials said on January 21 the Office Insider program which the company made available to Office for Windows and Office for Android testers late last year is now available to Mac users, too.
Users can opt-in to the Office Insider for Mac program from the Microsoft Auto Update (MAU) tool on their Macs. More information is available at Office.com/insider.
The Office Insider program is a bit different from the Windows Insider one, in that it is for those interested in testing features that are only about one to three weeks away from final release, according to Microsoft officials. Windows Insiders are testing possible new Windows 10 features that may be multiple months away from general availability.
Office Insider also differs from the Office 365 First Release program in that Office Insider is for Office client and app technologies, while the First Release program is for Office 365 Business and Enterprise users who are charged with testing software and services that also extend beyond client.
Microsoft officials also said today that Microsoft is bringing real-time co-authoring to PowerPoint for Windows 2016, allowing users to see who else is working simultaneously with them on a document and where. Real-time co-authoring is already part of Word 2016 for Windows.
Microsoft is planing to bring that co-authoring to Office Insider participants with Word and PowerPoint for Android. Office Insiders on Android will be getting Morph and PowerPoint Designer, which Microsoft announced last fall, in the next preview build of Office.