First look: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac doesn’t feel like an afterthought | Macworld. This is a pretty good review of what it is like. If you ever have to use Outlook in an office setting you probably welcome that it looks and acts like its windows counterpart. It still doesn’t have full feature parity with Windows, but they are doing better.
It is really unacceptable that Microsoft has taken so long to standardize their interface between Windows and Mac. Too many users have to use a Windows computer at work, and prefer a Mac at home. For them to offer Mac users a second class experience for so long, that is something that was customer hostile. For this reason, I can’t suggest that you buy or support Microsoft on this program. If you want exchange functionality I would suggest Fastmail which has an iOS app and the ability to sync contacts and calender easily. It can also hold files much like Gmail’s Google Drive.
Is this a worthwhile upgrade if you need it? Sure, it works for the most part. I was able to set up an Exchange account. I wouldn’t personally buy it. I think that 2016 is ugly, and 2011 looks nicer. I have worked with the PC version of office and the interface is boring and basic. I don’t think it helps anyone. It is a return to the early days like WordPerfect where the style is minimal and they try to avoid icons. Icons are crucial for casual computer users. There should be an option in programs to allow the different interfaces for programs. For example, the upgrade to Ribbon was so hard for most people. When corporations randomly change interfaces and require users to relearn their program that is the biggest problem that people don’t upgrade. People don’t have infinite time/ability to spend learning. Is it so hard to consider the customer first?