Office for Mac 2011 finally gets Retina display support

In late July, Apple launched the Mountain Lion update for Mac OS X. At the time, Microsoft's official Office 2011 for Mac blog claimed that Mac version of its productivity software suit was "Mountain Lion ready". However, a number of people who use Office for Mac 2011 on the recently launched MacBook Pro with the 2800x1800 resolution Retina display complained that using the software on the screen was a bad experience.

One person who commented on the official Office for Mac 2011 blog said, " ... all word docs and Excel sheets look really bad at the moment." At the time, a Microsoft rep would not comment on any plans to update the software to work better on the Retina Display MacBook Pro.

Today, Microsoft gave those MacBook Pro owners some good news. The Office for Mac 2011 blog has posted word that a new automatic update for the software now has added Retina display support for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The blog states, "Text everywhere is incredibly crisp and all key areas of the interface are now sharper than ever."

Hopefully Microsoft will offer the promised Mac version of Office 365 Home Premium with out of the box Retina display support when it is officially released in early 2013.

Source: Office for Mac 2011 blog | Image via Microsoft

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Thanks Microsoft!

I have been using DPI scaling in your Windows products for TEN years waiting for your team to fix the crappy icons and mouse cursors. Additionally some applications are cramped and all of this also carried over in Windows 8.

If fact if use DPI above 200% on my retina book it breaks icons in the system tray which were working fine (but pixelated) in Windows 7.

Again thanks for updating Windows first, errrr i mean Office for Mac.

Exactly the kind of comments I expected from Neowin when I saw this post...

Anyway, great job MS, didn't sound like it would happen so quickly when they last spoke about it! This will make a lot of people with 'Retina' displays happy.

Why do people even consider this to be ok, that developers have to go back and change code, because the OS and frameworks of OS X are incapable of properly scaling up graphics and rendering fonts at the native resolutions?

Office 2010 at 1024x768 and Office 2010 at 4096x2160 on Windows 7 both look great and render at the device resolution and are scaled for the device properly. And if a new 8192x4320 display becomes common, it will scale to that resolution and look good as well.

Anyone question why people take OS X seriously, especially the 'brilliant' Display PDF? The ability to render graphics/fonts and scale properly is more like a really good joke.

The version of Office for Mac is called the Student Version on Windows. It doesn't even have OneNote or Outlook. Or Access. Or the powerful half of Excel. So now you can have incomplete software in very high resolution.... How cool is that?

Major Plonquer said,
The version of Office for Mac is called the Student Version on Windows. It doesn't even have OneNote or Outlook. Or Access. Or the powerful half of Excel. So now you can have incomplete software in very high resolution.... How cool is that?

Fits perfectly with the limited OS it's running on. You seriously think a big business will buy macs to run Office?

Major Plonquer said,
The version of Office for Mac is called the Student Version on Windows. It doesn't even have OneNote or Outlook. Or Access. Or the powerful half of Excel. So now you can have incomplete software in very high resolution.... How cool is that?

There is a Mac version of Outlook. And Outlook isn't included in the Home and Student version of Office for Windows.

PmRd said,
Fits perfectly with the limited OS it's running on.
Elaborate

virtorio said,

Elaborate

Are you kidding? Ever seen a big business use Macs? It's not made for corporate use. It's even lacking simple features Windows had for years, like the ability to join a Wifi network by pressing a button on the router, you can't add shortcuts to network folders and much much more. Now why don't you go back to spooning Steve Jobs in his grave

PmRd said,

Are you kidding? Ever seen a big business use Macs? It's not made for corporate use. It's even lacking simple features Windows had for years, like the ability to join a Wifi network by pressing a button on the router, you can't add shortcuts to network folders and much much more. Now why don't you go back to spooning Steve Jobs in his grave

I'll agree that OSX isn't aimed at the corporate market to the extent Windows is, but it's hardly limited, and yes I have seen (and used) OSX is big corporate networks alongside Windows machines just fine.

What I haven't seen is big businesses using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (because they usually have their wi-fi routers out of sight, and WPS has major security holes).

Can't add shortcuts to network folders? Yeah, you can.

And thanks for the suggestion about Steve Jobs. But I didn't much care for him when he was alive, that hasn't changed now he's dead.

PmRd said,
Ever seen a big business use Macs?

Yeah. Many media corporations here in the Netherlands utilize Macs per example.

I'm surprised that MS didn't follow in Apple footsteps and instead of updating existing product just release new one with Retina Support. Then they could call it "NEW Microsoft Office" and rip even moar money from Apple users .

Sebastian Swann said,
I'm surprised that MS didn't follow in Apple footsteps and instead of updating existing product just release new one with Retina Support. Then they could call it "NEW Microsoft Office" and rip even moar money from Apple users .

Apple just released updates just like Microsoft did....at no extra charge. Not sure what you are talking about.

Sebastian Swann said,
I'm surprised that MS didn't follow in Apple footsteps and instead of updating existing product just release new one with Retina Support.
Like what?

Sebastian Swann said,
I'm surprised that MS didn't follow in Apple footsteps and instead of updating existing product just release new one with Retina Support.

Please do enlighten us which of Apple's apps had to be repurchased for Retina support.

.Neo said,

Please do enlighten us which of Apple's apps had to be repurchased for Retina support.

He's talking about Apple's way of doing things in general

virtorio said,
Like what?

Like..
No iOS6 for iPad 1
No Mountain Lion for 2009 and older models
New dock connector on iPhone 5 making everything accessory obsolete

All decisions made to get the customers to upgrade

PmRd said,

Like..
No iOS6 for iPad 1
No Mountain Lion for 2009 and older models
New dock connector on iPhone 5 making everything accessory obsolete

All decisions made to get the customers to upgrade

1. It's an underpowered first-gen device. If they'd updated it and the experience was poor then you'd be here bitching about how Apple released an update to force people into buying a new device.

2. It's been talked about. It's not available because there aren't 64 bit drivers available for the graphics hardware. However I'll agree they should have not have used those chips in machines in 2009.

3. It's an old connector. If it doesn't do what they need it to do in the future the only thing they can do is replace it.

And just because an iPad and a MacBook Pro aren't using the very latest OS doesn't magically make them useless and require users to upgrade them.

PmRd said,
The 64 bit driver thing is the stupidest thing I ever heard. As if it was so hard to make the drivers work.
How many operating system kernels and drivers have you worked on?

virtorio said,
How many operating system kernels and drivers have you worked on?

Oh yeah caus it's sooooo hard to remake drivers for 64 bit.

KeR said,

Apple just released updates just like Microsoft did....at no extra charge.

Not sure what you are talking about.

The last line says it all, that is why you are ok getting ripped off by Apple. If you did understand, it would anger you a bit.

virtorio said,

1. It's an underpowered first-gen device. If they'd updated it and the experience was poor then you'd be here bitching about how Apple released an update to force people into buying a new device.

2. It's been talked about. It's not available because there aren't 64 bit drivers available for the graphics hardware. However I'll agree they should have not have used those chips in machines in 2009.

3. It's an old connector. If it doesn't do what they need it to do in the future the only thing they can do is replace it.

And just because an iPad and a MacBook Pro aren't using the very latest OS doesn't magically make them useless and require users to upgrade them.

1) Ya, probably can't handle the bloat introduced in iOS 6, buy why is Apple ok with bloating RAM and CPU requirements?

2) 64bit drivers are a CHOICE by Apple, they only have a very FEW video cards to write drivers for, and the MFRs often do the heavy lifting for them, like Intel, etc. There is NOT any technical limitation that prevents the 64bit OS X drivers from being written. Example? Windows 7 64bit runs on these systems and has 64bit drivers for the same video cards. Ok?

3) Connector. I agree, it is an old model and they can do what they want. The sad part is that instead of supporting the standard connector technologies, they continue to insist on using their own, and sue anyone that makes a connector converter from the standard format to theirs. Sadly, as the iPhone/iPad are no longer the #1 phone/tablet devices, it is stranding Apple users. They can continue to change their adapter a million times, don't care. Not even considering working with 'standards' is where they screw their own customers.

Finally? Comon.. MS could of said if you want that wait for the next version... the fact they updated this version at all was a good thing even if it came later then release of the new OS

neufuse said,
Finally? Comon.. MS could of said if you want that wait for the next version... the fact they updated this version at all was a good thing even if it came later then release of the new OS

Could HAVE, not could of.

Drossel said,

Could HAVE, not could of.

Never heard of a regional dialect?... Could of is said a lot where I am at...

starting to think when no one has a come back for a comment they jump to the grammer nazi stance

neufuse said,

Never heard of a regional dialect?... Could of is said a lot where I am at...

starting to think when no one has a come back for a comment they jump to the grammer nazi stance

Grammar not grammer! lol j/k

neufuse said,

Never heard of a regional dialect?... Could of is said a lot where I am at...

starting to think when no one has a come back for a comment they jump to the grammer nazi stance

Firstly it's "I am from". Secondly, a regional dialect is no excuse for atrocious grammar.

Frankly, if you're unable to form a simple sentence correctly then how can you expect your opinion to be taken seriously.

mattm591 said,

Firstly it's "I am from". Secondly, a regional dialect is no excuse for atrocious grammar.

Frankly, if you're unable to form a simple sentence correctly then how can you expect your opinion to be taken seriously.

I don't take you seriously caus' you're being a dick. It's not like he's writting in l33t sp34k... Now go get laid I think you seriously need it.

mattm591 said,

Firstly it's "I am from". Secondly, a regional dialect is no excuse for atrocious grammar.

Frankly, if you're unable to form a simple sentence correctly then how can you expect your opinion to be taken seriously.

It's where I am at right now, not where I came from... and some of us are in such a hurry anymore, it's not exactly easy to check and read twice everything you write... it's not like this is a college paper we are writing... honestly, if spelling and grammar is all you can come up with, it's better just to be quiet