Office 2011 for Mac beta invites sent out

If you have been waiting for your invitation to get into the Office 2011 beta for OS X, check your inbox.  Neowin was tipped off by a reader that invites for the beta have been sent out by Microsoft. The current build number is 100709.

The email states, “The Office for Mac 2011 beta is closed to the public, which means ALL Office 2011 tools and features are confidential and proprietary to Microsoft. By participating in the beta, you consent to a non-disclosure agreement which includes all forms of communication including print, broadcast, electronic, Internet publications, social media networking sites, blogs, and verbal disclosure. The NDA will not lift until the product is public later this year. We will update on timing closer to the date.”

Office 2011 for Mac is currently in the beta testing phase. 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. Microsoft officials say Office 2011 for Mac will be available this holiday season

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Had an opportunity to try the beta 5 out. Way better than the unusable Office:mac 2008, but still slow as hell. Office for Mac is a living nightmare, made me switch to iWork for everything not work-related.

I'm most interested in Outlook's compatibility with Outlook for Windows. There were always font issues with Entourage where 10pt type looked fine on a Mac but then blew up in every other mail app, whether it be Outlook or web-based. Has this been taken care of?

So I have the latest beta. Better than 2008??? Yes it is. The toolbar/buttons are better in Word, and the fixed fomular bar is a massive improvment in Excel. Outlook is better than Entourage but its just Entourage with a small face lift...same UGLY purple.

However it lags behind Office 2010 SO BAD its not funny.

I've been using Beta 5 and WOW it is really a beautiful suite of applications. One very proud Mac owner here! (hey, I love my Win 7 box too!)

Bryan000 said,
I've been using Beta 5 and WOW it is really a beautiful suite of applications. One very proud Mac owner here! (hey, I love my Win 7 box too!)

has the lag gone that existed in beta 4? it seemed really sluggish

.Neo said,

It still is.
Really? It super fast for me. Haven't noticed any sluggishness at all. One thing that doesn't work is the Office Document Connection (connecting to Sharepoint and SkyDrive); it crashes on me every time I try to connect to SkyDrive.

Hurmoth said,
Really? It super fast for me. Haven't noticed any sluggishness at all. One thing that doesn't work is the Office Document Connection (connecting to Sharepoint and SkyDrive); it crashes on me every time I try to connect to SkyDrive.

Doubtful the problem lies with my 2009 Mac Pro that runs everything else with lightning speed...

.Neo said,

Doubtful the problem lies with my 2009 Mac Pro that runs everything else with lightning speed...

It's quite speedy on my 2006 iMac, surprisingly.

Maybe it's a graphics driver problem, do you have an nvidia card?

Binary said,

It's quite speedy on my 2006 iMac, surprisingly.

Maybe it's a graphics driver problem, do you have an nvidia card?

I have i5 macbook pro and it's way slower than any other application i run.

mrmomoman said,
Not yet. It is discussed often. I think it would be a great IPAD App.
For sure. Pages for iPad is great, but really doesn't have any competition at the moment.

The Outlook is really nice. Much much needed improvement over Entourage and better than Office 2008 by leaps and bounds. It's pretty stable and although I am not a fan of the Icon - the UI has come along nicely. I know many MAC fans want a simpler UI but the fact is that MS got it right with the Ribbon and time will be a testament to that. The hiding of the ribbon is a nice feature they brought over a few builds ago.

For those who are waiting you will not be disappointed. It is really that good. Even in current build. I run it as my main Office Suite on my MAC. See I do not hate all things Apple Even though I am a PC.

dagrimdialer619 said,
Cool!

Ok. So I just had some time to check it out... I'm still disappointed with messenger. It's like they're trying to flower a turd. It looks good, but it STILL doesn't have the same functionality as the Windows version >. Offline messages? Social feeds? Even scenes, nudges or winks? no! How many years has it been Microsoft?

dagrimdialer619 said,

Ok. So I just had some time to check it out... I'm still disappointed with messenger. It's like they're trying to flower a turd. It looks good, but it STILL doesn't have the same functionality as the Windows version >. Offline messages? Social feeds? Even scenes, nudges or winks? no! How many years has it been Microsoft?

Messenger? This is Office.