Yes! Office 2016 for Mac is here! But…

Yes! Office 2016 for Mac is here! But…

…if you, your email host or company are running an on premise Exchange environment, it better be Exchange 2010 with Service Pack 2 or newer. If not, you are out of luck.

Take me for example. I have a lab environment that is still running an “archaic” version of Exchange. When I installed Office 2016 for Mac today, everything transitioned nicely from the public preview with the exception of this mailbox. Not that it worked previously, but now I receive a very clear message every time I run Outlook for Mac that I can’t use it with this specific lab. Until there’s a change, I will have to continue to use Office 2011 for Mac for this lab.

Outlook 2016 for Mac Error

So, if you are an IT admin who manages desktop applications for your organization, be very aware of what the system requirements are before you proceed to make yourself and your users very upset.

The following table lists the minimum requirements for installing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote 2016 for Mac:
Component
Minimum Requirement
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.10 or later
Exchange Server version
NOTE: This requirement is only for Outlook for Mac customers connecting to Exchange.
Connectivity to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 or later
Applies To: Word 2016 for Mac, Excel 2016 for Mac, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, OneNote 2016 for Mac, Outlook 2016 for Mac

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