Enterprise Applications: A First Look at Office for Mac 2011

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2010-09-28 Print this article Print
A First Look at Office for Mac 2011

A First Look at Office for Mac 2011

by P. J. Connolly
Office for Mac 2011 marks the return of Outlook for Mac and Visual Basic for Applications to the Apple desktop platform. The office suite, which is only available for Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, is scheduled to launch on Oct. 26. It includes new versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that have been updated with new image browsing and template creation features. The Outlook e-mail client and information manager offers a consolidated view of e-mail from multiple accounts and can import Outlook for Windows .pst files, without requiring third-party tools. Included in the suite is access to the SkyDrive file sharing service from Microsoft or, for Office for Mac 2011 volume license customers, document sharing features via SharePoint Foundation 2010. Office Web App versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote will be available for Mac users, and document compatibility issues between Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2010 for Windows simply don't exist.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at pjc@eweek.com.

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