New Outlook for Mac

Microsoft has released a new version of the Outlook client for the Mac.

According to Microsoft, the new Outlook for Mac includes:

  • “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.”

You can download the new Outlook software yourself by following these steps:

  1. On your Macintosh, log into the Office 365 web client at
  2. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select “Office 365 settings” from the pull-down menu.
  4. Scroll down the menu on the left and select “Software”.
  5. Find the section titled “Get Outlook for Mac”  and click the “Install” button.

To avoid usability conflicts, it is recommended that you remove the older 2011 version of Mac Outlook.

If you run into issues, feel free to contact the ITS HelpCenter at or call x6543.


Upgrade to Office 2013

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If you are a Windows user and are still using Office 2010, it may be time to move up to the latest version of Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)  Office 2013 has been available for over a year and has many benefits over Office 2010.

If you are interested in having your District Windows computer upgraded, please enter an ITS Helpcenter request at:

  •  Files created with Office 2013 can be edited with Office 2010 with no conversion.
  • Works well with the file sharing tools in Office 365 (e.g. SharePoint and OneDrive)

Below are links to videos and web pages that describe many of the new features of the various applications


What’s new in the Office programs

Access 2013

Excel 2013

OneNote 2013

Outlook 2013

PowerPoint 2013

Word 2013



Special note for Mac users:  Microsoft has not upgraded the Macintosh version of Office in a long time.  Although not confirmed by Microsoft, we expect Microsoft to release an updated Macintosh Office suite version by year’s end.

If you are interested in upgrading your home computer to Office 2013, you can get a copy for $9.95 at: