Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac screenshots revealed

Boy Genius has posted some early screenshots of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac.  The screenshots reveal development on Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2011.

Much like Microsoft Office 2010 appearance, Office 2011 for Mac includes the ribbon on every application.  This will also be the first time Outlook will be available in the Office Suite for the Mac.  The appearance between Outlook for Windows and Mac appear to be similar, including a mail preview pane, calendar, contacts, tasks and notes available for use.

The screenshots also show a quick search in the toolbar for Outlook, Excel, and Word, for searching within your inbox, spreadsheet, or documents.  Office 2011 is also said to include the same multi-use feature that Office 2010 includes, allowing for you and your co-worker to work on the same document at the same time.

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Man, see, the only problem I'd have with buying Office on the mac... is that its soo expensive. Double the price of what it is on PC.

0nyX said,
Still not as functional and easy to use as the win version.

You know this because you used Microsoft Office 2011?

Providing all the toolbars are optional/collapsable, I'm looking forward to this. Outlook looks exactly like it should do.

egraells said,
Does anybody know if there is a way to test it?

Wasn't able to find anywhere on the internet that might be offering a beta test version.

Pam14160 said,

Wasn't able to find anywhere on the internet that might be offering a beta test version.

Thank u very much Pam14160!! I tried it too, but no luck either.

Think you Apple for Boot Camp. With Boot Camp you have the ability to run Office 2010, and run it in 64 bit mode (works great). One of my problems with Office for Mac is how slow it is; just drives me crazy, and because of this I dished out $79.00 (USD) for iWorks. Pages is not the greatest word processor; albeit it is faster and more reliable then Word. Another thing, get rid of that stupid iTunes band across the top, this is just plan stupid and takes up to much screen real estate. Here's hoping they get it right, though I doubt it.

I dunno. Office for Mac hasn't been THAT bad in my experience. I only use it on occasion. I use mostly Office 2003 for Windows. I doubt I will upgrade from 2008 Home and Student to 2011 unless the upgrade price is cheep.

I think that MS has to be given props for continuing to support Office for Mac. If MS decided to pull Mac support for Office, it would no doubt hurt Mac sells. Office is the established business standard (for now).

Office for Mac has been PURE CRAP.

"Office" in NAME only. Office for Mac has always been a joke. PLEASE let 2011 be "real" Office!!

- Office for Mac doesn't follow any UI guidelines from Office for Windows. Everything that people learned how to use in Office 2007 was completely *gone* in Office 2008. A "newer" version of Office that was a massive step back.

- Word for Mac not only doesn't look like Word for Windows, but doesn't function the same either. Something as simple as "Ctrl Enter" for a page break doesn't work on Mac. Documents that look a certain way in one version of Word may look totally different in the other version of Word.

- Excel for Mac can't open any complex spreadsheets Excel for Windows opens. It can't open any Excel spreadsheets that use Macros or any other advanced features. Only the most basic spreadsheets work, and none of the "Office" advantages work on Mac.

- No Macros or VB support in Office for Mac. Power users that spend hours/days/weeks developing advanced "Office" documents will find out Mac users can't open them.

- No Microsoft Access for Mac. Access has existed for a long time on Windows, but has never been a part of Office for Mac.

- No Microsoft Outlook for Mac. No, Entourage doesn't count. Outlook is FAR more than just "email". Entourage 13.0, released in late 2009, does add some features Outlook supports, but it still can't do many basic things that Outlook users take for granted. Entourage 13.0 supports shared Tasks, but a user still needs to use Outlook to share the Task before it can be accepted and managed with Entourage!

I know Office for Mac and Office for Windows are by two different teams, but it is pathetic. Office for Mac has been a nightmare to work with.

All of our Mac users end up loading VMware Fusion + Windows + Office for Windows to get any work done.

I'm a Mac user, and for the first time, I can say a Microsoft product on the Mac, judging by those screenshots, will be good. Never thought that before.

When 2008 was released, I was like "Wow, they had this whole nice Office 2007 interface on Windows and they reworked it from scratch to make a Mac Version. Everyone'll be lost... Man... " But this time, same interface on both, it's just that one is Windows-ish, and the other is Mac-ish. This is GREAT.

I cannot stand Office on the Mac because of the numerous floating menus, which float separately from the application. It's incredibly stupid to be able to cover up the formatting menu, or lost it on a different desktop (when using "Spaces" on the Mac). I recall that Microsoft blamed Apple's implementation of Spaces' for this drawback, but the fact is that Microsoft put it in there and it made the program borderline unusable for me. Honestly, I do not know if the Mac Office team fixed it by working with Apple (they were trying), or not, but Microsoft won be back to Windows for all Office suite use. (Mac Office and Windows Office are developed by two different development teams)

The only Office program I open up on my MacBook is OpenOffice, which I feel is terrible, but at least it does not have those floating menus.

To be fair though, Outlook looks like a nice improvement over its former self, but the others look the same to me.

pickypg said,
The only Office program I open up on my MacBook is OpenOffice, which I feel is terrible, but at least it does not have those floating menus.
I much preferred iWork on OS X than OOo...

pickypg said,
I cannot stand Office on the Mac because of the numerous floating menus, which float separately from the application.

Did you know you can right click the Mac Office 2008 Ribbon area, choose toolbars, then turn on many of the missing toolbars (Standard/Formatting/etc.) so you don't have to put up with the floating menus?

shakezula said,
Did you know you can right click the Mac Office 2008 Ribbon area, choose toolbars, then turn on many of the missing toolbars (Standard/Formatting/etc.) so you don't have to put up with the floating menus?

Interesting. I did not know that. Thanks for the tip.

I just noticed that Word 2010 has the Menu Bar, toolbar, Ribbon AND formatting palette still in place?! Good lord, how many ways does one need to access the same tools?!

+1!! They have a ribbon-UI, I'm sure it's just there to make sure the functionality is completely duplicated in the ribbon before they are sure it is not needed and everything can be managed from the ribbon.

Electric Jolt said,
+1!! They have a ribbon-UI, I'm sure it's just there to make sure the functionality is completely duplicated in the ribbon before they are sure it is not needed and everything can be managed from the ribbon.

I really hope so. God how I hate that ****ing palette.

Electric Jolt said,
+1!! They have a ribbon-UI, I'm sure it's just there to make sure the functionality is completely duplicated in the ribbon before they are sure it is not needed and everything can be managed from the ribbon.

Yup Yup If it's on the ribbon why the hell duplicate it on the f.... palette!!!

Examinus said,
Ah, get rid of the damn Formatting Palette!

I prefer the Ribbon... of course... but once you get used to the Palette it's not so bad. It seems to work better in a Mac environment.

C_Guy said,

I prefer the Ribbon... of course... but once you get used to the Palette it's not so bad. It seems to work better in a Mac environment.

No, it's terrible, especially when it can't decide what space it's in.

Gladiatorus said,
I've never liked Mac's Office interface. It's just not appealing to me. And the floating palettes in Word are hideous.

I agree the actual window is ok, it's the floating palettes that really gets annoying after a bit. I am liking the look of new mac office, looks like the floating palette can be switched off for a ribbon toolbar.