Microsoft on Friday officially announced and released a new version of Outlook for Mac. It's available now for subscribers of Office 365 Home, Office 365 University and Office 365 Personal, in addition to enterprise users with subscriptions to the platform.

Microsoft said the new Outlook for Mac focuses on performance and reliability, but also offers a brand new "modern user interface" with improved scrolling options and more seamless movements between different Ribbon tabs in the software. Additionally, users should find it easier to search archived mail in Exchange, and will note support for push-email, quicker download speeds and faster app launching times.

Microsoft also said that it beefed up the Master Category List support for improved sync across platforms, including the Web, Windows and OS X. That's not all, though, Microsoft said it's hard at work on a brand new Office for Mac suite, which is set to launch next year. Also, judging by the name of a screen-shot we downloaded, the new Outlook for Mac should support Retina displays, which was also expected.

The Redmond-based company confirmed that it will release a public beta during the first half of 2015 and that a full-on release is currently scheduled for the second half of the year. The update to the new Office for Mac will be free of charge for customers who already subscribe to Office 365. Hit the source for links to download the new Outlook for Mac now.