Microsoft released a new version of Outlook for Mac recently and also announced that they would be releasing an Office suite for Mac update sometime early 2015. This will let users test the update during the first half of 2015 and then a launch in the second half. The recent update has a new look, gives better reliability and improved performance for customers on Office 365. With the new look, all versions of Outlook should be consistent across all platforms including Windows PCs, the Web, and iPhone, iPad, and Android Outlook Web app.

The roadmap for the next version of Office for Mac announced by Microsoft will include Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Word for OS X. The company is looking to launch the beta sometime in early 2015. The next version will be free for those subscribed to Office 365, both on a consumer and commercial level. The blog post wrote:

"We're confident that you will like what you see in the new Outlook for Mac today, and in the Office for Mac in the coming months.

As for the recently released Outlook for Mac, those of you interested in reading about the updates can do so below:

- Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
- A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
- Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
- Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
- Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.
- Faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange Web Services syncing.
Source: Microsoft Office