Office Insiders on macOS get Touch Bar and Add-In support for Outlook

Apple, with all its innovative juices flowing, reinvented the function keys last year with the new MacBook. At the announcement, Apple also announced a few applications that would soon add support for these new function keys – named the Touch Bar. One such announcement was for the Microsoft Office suite.

Microsoft added support for Touch Bar about four weeks ago, for the Office Insiders. Word, Excel, PowerPoint – the three honchos of the Office suite – could now utilize the expanded possibilities of macOS. The announcement also mentioned support for Outlook and Skype for Business, but that integration wasn’t quite ready yet.

A week later, Microsoft pushed the Touch Bar support to everyone with an Office 365 subscription. But, the Outlook and Skype for Business support was still missing.

Outlook for Mac

Today, Microsoft rolled out a new update for Office Insiders on macOS. The update bumps the version to 15.32 and is solely adding features to Outlook for macOS. Here’s everything that’s new:

  • Outlook for macOS now supports the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar features a ‘Today’ view, listing all events of the day; while composing an email, the Touch Bar highlights a list of the most recent documents, allowing users to attach them with a single tap.
  • It’s now possible to extend Outlook features via Add-Ins for Outlook.
  • There’s a new Microsoft Translator Add-In for Outlook. The Microsoft Translator integration allows users to translate emails in over 60 languages into their preferred language.


For now, the update is rolling out only for the Office Insiders on macOS. If you haven’t received the update, manually check for one.

Once installed, the Touch Bar and every other feature should work as expected. If it doesn’t work as expected, do submit feedback – that’s what Insiders do, after all.

As for the rest of Office 365 subscribers on macOS; nobody can tell when Microsoft would push this support for the production build. Though, if the previous timeline is anything to go by, the wait shouldn’t be longer than a couple of weeks.

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