Microsoft set to release Office for Mac 2011 on October 26

Microsoft is planning to release Office for Mac 2011 on October 26 according to online retailer Amazon.

The retailer listed several versions of Office for Mac 2011 on its site on Friday with expected dates of October 26. 9to5mac spotted the listings and is confident this is when Microsoft plans to release its latest Office for Mac offering. The date coincides with official confirmation from Microsoft's Office for Mac team, who stated that the product would be available at the "end of October".

Office for Mac 2011 has undergone 6 different private beta builds. Microsoft issued a beta 3 update in late May which included brand new splash screens, icons and minor tweaks to several toolbar and ribbon icons. Office for Mac won't come with all the components that are available in Office Professional Plus for Windows, but will support Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Office 2011 for Mac will be the first time Outlook is available on the Mac, offering similar functionality and appearance, including a Mac inspired theme ribbon, as Outlook 2010 for Windows.

Office for Mac 2011 will also allow for multiple document editing, so users can edit the same document at the same time, without getting a lockout notice.  Office for Mac will include document sharing with other Mac and Windows office users, through SharePoint, SkyDrive and web apps.

 

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Ugh... one reason I don't use a Mac... The UI looks horrid on that, One thing no colours (Like most of OS X) and that UI is very cramped... The Windows UI looks 500% better.

TechDudeGeorge said,
Ugh... one reason I don't use a Mac... The UI looks horrid on that, One thing no colours (Like most of OS X) and that UI is very cramped... The Windows UI looks 500% better.
I think Office: Mac and Office for Windows (2007 - ) both look equally awful.

"including a Mac inspired theme ribbon"

I didn't know Ribbon UI was developed by Mac. I thought Microsoft had developed it originally.

FMH said,
"including a Mac inspired theme ribbon"

I didn't know Ribbon UI was developed by Mac. I thought Microsoft had developed it originally.


It means they made it so it flows with the Mac GUI if I understand correctly, not that they used a Ribbon from Mac..

Nimdock said,

It means they made it so it flows with the Mac GUI if I understand correctly, not that they used a Ribbon from Mac..
Right.

Powerless said,
Do we know if Outlook uses the PST file, or can at least read to import?

Yes it can import PST files, as well as OLM files. I cannot find any way to open the PST file directly though, just import.

2008 was SLOW too... any document with a handful of photos was painful to work with on my late 2009 mbp (even if they were cropped and compressed...which had to be done on Windows since the Mac version didn't support it).

Looks fantastic, I found 2008 a pain as the interface is vastly different to the Windows version, but this looks very similar to Office 2010 so should be nice and easy to use :-)

Looking forward to the final release. Office was the main reason I had Windows on my MacBook as I couldn't get used to Office 2008. This is so much better and since the early betas I've been using OS X pretty much full time.

Nice, that's sooner than I expected. I'm actually planning on getting Office 2008 today (need it for Uni), so thankfully Microsoft has their free upgrade offer for people who purchase the old version within a certain date (after August 1st if I recall).

thesuepahfly said,
Outlook was available for Mac OS 9 previously. This is not the first time...

Article should be updated to read 'Mac OS X', if that's the case.

Either way, I thought I'd lost my copy of Office for Mac 2008 and I went and bought iWork '09. While I think iWork is better in general I found my copy of Office today in the loft...

Gah. £71.00 is a lot of money when you're between jobs. That irritated me.

jamesyfx said,

Article should be updated to read 'Mac OS X', if that's the case.

Either way, I thought I'd lost my copy of Office for Mac 2008 and I went and bought iWork '09. While I think iWork is better in general I found my copy of Office today in the loft...

Gah. £71.00 is a lot of money when you're between jobs. That irritated me.


if £71 is a lot than how come you have a mac?

The guy you wish you was said,

if £71 is a lot than how come you have a mac?

I said I'm between jobs (i.e. currently have Nothing coming in), so at the moment any outgoing payment is a lot.