MacBU details out Office for Mac 2011 at Macworld 2010

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The Mac community seemed to have been voicing their opinion for the need of better ways in which they can work anywhere, anytime, across platforms for quite some time now. Well, it look’s like the Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) has been all ears. Yesterday at Macworld, MacBU rolled out Office for Mac 2011 which is the next version of the productivity suite on Mac.

Alleged to be the quintessential teammate, this latest version has been fabricated to cater to common community requests. Encompassed with better tools, it should allow Mac users to work together while also experiencing enhanced compatibility. With novel connections to Microsoft services, the suite augments the efficiency while working together. Boasting of an updated user interface, tasks are made easier while key compatibility to documents further assures easy sharing.

“Together with your team — officemates, family or classmates — you are part of the community that helps shape each version of Office for Mac,” mentioned Eric Wilfrid, MacBU general manager at Microsoft Corp. “You’ve told us that working together across platforms is a priority to you and that’s why we are making Office for Mac 2011 the best, most compatible productivity suite on the Mac.”

Teammates can now work together on a file from Word, PowerPoint or Excel from varying locations thanks to the new co-authoring tools in Office 2011. While brainstorming ideas together, they can choose to stay on the same page irrespective of the time, geography or platform. The innovative feature will allow users to work in a team conveniently while keeping track of members through the Presence Everywhere attribute. The tool offers real-time status updates on individuals who may be working on the document directly in the application.

Proffering a connection to Microsoft Office Web Apps from it, the application also delivers an easy way to access and share Office documents from anywhere. Just like Microsoft Office 2010 for PC users can do their work practically anywhere with the Office Web Apps. It is presently in beta and is available to both home and business users across platforms. Users can store documents through their Windows Live ID account or on Microsoft SharePoint Technologies. The Office 2011 suite further adds a new user interface design. With a ribbon at the core, the new design claims to be an evolution of the Office 2008 Elements Gallery.

Using the classic Mac menu and Standard Toolbar, users get the best of both worlds. They can further even choose to collapse the ribbon and the Toolbar to gain more screen space. Users can thus now find and discover new and frequently used commands easily. The ribbon is based on the latest Mac OS X technologies and offers a modern and fluid experience while maintaining consistency across platforms. While the Outlook for Mac replacement for Entourage was announced by the company back in August 2009, now the tool also gets .PST import support.

Importing .PST files from Outlook for Windows, Outlook for Mac incorporates a reliable, high-speed, file-based database along with Spotlight search. With back-up support from Time Machine, it also includes the Information Rights Management feature that should safeguard sensitive information. Users are offered an integrated solution for managing their time and information courtesy the Outlook support.

Users can expect Office for Mac 2011 to be available later this year.