Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011, drops Entourage

By Jos
Oct 27, 2010
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  1. Microsoft has announced the official release of Office for Mac 2011, the latest version of its office productivity suite which dumps Entourage for Outlook and includes integration with the Office Web apps — the browser-based edition of Office that lets you work with online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote applications. Among other things, Office for Mac 2011 also brings better cross-platform compatibility, speed and performance improvements, as well as the debut of the "Ribbon" menu interface which has been a part of the Windows version since 2007.

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  2. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 Newcomer, in training Posts: 145

    It's a good thing Microsoft makes it for the Mac, even if it is there biggest competitor they are large cash flow from Office because everyone uses it. Other than that nothing special with the Mac version vs Windows.
  3. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TechSpot Maniac Posts: 481   +8

    Thank God they dropped Entourage. The more seamless it is for someone to go from Office on a PC to MAC (and vice versa) the better.
  4. jjbeard926

    jjbeard926 Newcomer, in training Posts: 69

    All I have to say is: OpenOffice, er sorry, LibreOffice.
  5. frodough

    frodough Newcomer, in training Posts: 90

    wow no Entourage.. that's all we use here in my company.. maybe our IT will eventually give us access to gmail lol.
  6. dmoore44

    dmoore44 Newcomer, in training

    Wow - I just purchased Office Mac 2008 through the MS HUP program... I wonder if they'll take pity on me and give me an upgrade to Office 2011?
  7. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 870   +129

    In the Mac version, are you really forced to have that "file, edt, view, etc" bar and the one directly below it open/visible at all times?
    Gosh that would be terrible. It takes up so much screen real estate space...
  8. 63Jax

    63Jax Newcomer, in training Posts: 65

    this is heresy!!!
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,477   +292

    I never used Entourage, but to me it doesn't seem like a big deal. Lose Entourage, gain Outlook. Was there something Entourage could do that Outlook can't?
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Yes, it was very good at confusing the f@#% out of people and giving you problems connecting to exchange servers.
  11. tacobfm

    tacobfm Newcomer, in training Posts: 59

    This is pretty sweet especially for mac
     
  12. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 Newcomer, in training Posts: 141

    Sounds intriguing...
  13. Cryptopsy

    Cryptopsy Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    Good stuff, my girlfriend has a Mac and she learns Office from a PC at school which was preventing her from practicing correctly with her Mac since the older mac version doesn't include the "ribbon" menu style. Now she will be able to practice what she actually learn :)
  14. jetkami

    jetkami Newcomer, in training Posts: 99

    They should make office for mac just as slow and buggy as itunes is for the pc! Thank God for mediamonkey.
  15. brianmsu

    brianmsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 27

    ^haha jet, genius. itunes isn't buggy for mac at all, is it
  16. zinzan8

    zinzan8 Newcomer, in training

    Agreed. Such a pain when I leave a job and want to archive off some of my email files from Outlook to my home Mac.
  17. ilidiankid

    ilidiankid Newcomer, in training

    I have been using the beta version of Office 2011 and IMO it's pretty sweet, especially the recording feature of Word Notebook Layout.
  18. onzfeat

    onzfeat Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    i'm pretty sure for one thing, steve jobs going to mad
  19. peteyhawkins

    peteyhawkins Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    Tried office 2011 out, looks good and the ribbon has been improved, however i still prefer iWork.
  20. xcelofjkl

    xcelofjkl Newcomer, in training Posts: 86

    I have been too and I totally agree. The aesthetics and functionally of the latest Offices have been very good. I remember how buggy Office 97, albeit revolutionary.
  21. SSaywell

    SSaywell Newcomer, in training Posts: 39

    I can't wait to buy it, slight problem, need to buy my Mac first but the first thing I will buy when I get it is Office 2011. I used 2008 and the 2011 beta at work, 2011 is so much better :D.
  22. jazboy

    jazboy Newcomer, in training Posts: 112

    Does it comes with Trial version too. I want to try it if possible before purchasing it.
  23. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,477   +292

    I've used both, and actually currently have both 2008 and 2011 installed on my Mac. I like the idea of a unified Ribbon between OS X and Windows, but I actually really like the more modular workings of 2008. But 2008 was a big fail for the few people that used VBA Macros in Excel...
  24. turbotank84

    turbotank84 Newcomer, in training

    Mac wouldn't be Mac if Microsoft doesn't throw them a bone to chew on. If microsoft didn't provide any Mac version no one would ever be using Mac. It wouldn't be useful after all other than the pretty white plastic shell. Lol
  25. I could just as easily use IWork. One extra step to save docs.


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