Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011, drops Entourage

Jos

TS Evangelist
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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Yoda8232

TS Rookie
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.
 

mattfrompa

TS Evangelist
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.
 

frodough

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

dmoore44

TS Rookie
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?
 

treeski

TS Evangelist
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...
 

SNGX1275

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

Rick

TS Evangelist
Was there something Entourage could do that Outlook can't?
Yes, it was very good at confusing the f@#% out of people and giving you problems connecting to exchange servers.
 

Cryptopsy

TS Enthusiast
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 :)
 

zinzan8

TS Rookie
mattfrompa said:
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.
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.
 

ilidiankid

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

xcelofjkl

TS Rookie
ilidiankid said:
I have been using the beta version of Office 2011 and IMO it's pretty sweet, especially the recording feature of Word Notebook Layout.
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.
 

SSaywell

TS Rookie
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.
 

SNGX1275

TS Forces Special
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...
 

turbotank84

TS Rookie
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