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Now that we've established that the big news of the day isn't the NPR/Fox News co-hosted pancake breakfast, it's time to talk about the REAL news of the day: The availability of Office for Mac 2011.
When I've written about Office 2010 for the PC, I've been talking about some of the newer features such as Excel sparklines and the Ribbon ( new for some programs). For you loyal Mac users, sparklines and the ribbon are also part of Office for Mac. But not only that, *OUTLOOK* (the #1 email software) is now included.
But you're a hard sell, right? You have Office for Mac 2008 and it's working just fine for you, right? I can dig that; I mean not everyone wants to/can/needs to upgrade. But before you close your wondering mind, take a gander (or a goose, I guess—whatever your preference) at some of these videos that demonstrate exactly what this version of Office for Mac has in store for you:
— Spot trends with Excel sparklines— Up to speed with the Office ribbon— Outlook for Mac
Of course there are TONS more new and improved features, but one I must call out is the same thing that excited me (maybe overly excited me) about Office 2010 for the PC: Office Web Apps (a.k.a. free, lightweight, in-the-cloud versions of PowerPoint, Excel, and Word). Yes, Office Web Apps work with Office for Mac 2011 (watch a video about it) and yes, so does Office 365.
And not that I'm an office (or Office—'capital 'O') gossip, but Walter Mossberg (whose opinion I happen to respect), said this about Office for Mac 2011:
"Microsoft's new Mac Office is by far the best Mac version of the suite I've used, and I can recommend it." (Why, of course you can, Walter darling, BECAUSE IT ROCKS!)
Honestly, Walter is not the only reviewer who seemed pleasantly surprised. Do a search and see for yourself... And hey, I have friends who are Mac aficionados (sharp intake of breath) and I came from a Mac background (sharper intake of breath) so I know from whence I speak: This Office for Mac is something special. Don't miss out.
I'm very convincing aren't I? Well, now's the time to make your deicision: Compare editions and buy Office for Mac 2011.
"I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries." — Stephen King
A trial version of Office 2010 was made available for Windows users. When will a trial version of Office 2011 be made available for Mac users?
Thanks for the quick reply. That is too bad. I'm interested in getting 2011 but would really want to give it a short spin first.
I work in a company that isn't super mac-friendly (as I'm guessing is the case with several of we macophiles) and I was never able to get Entourage to connect to our Exchange server (even though it was a supported version). IT wasn't super keen to do much troubleshooting just for little old me...so before purchasing it would be helpful to test if I would have the same problems with Outlook in 2011. Given that, I may end up forking over the cash for Office 2010 for Windows to run via Bootcamp/Parallels instead since I know that works...even though I'd really rather have mac-native apps.
Just to throw in my two cents for what it's worth, short-term trials (even if it was say only for 7 days) being available might ensure more sales for Microsoft. Especially if the newest version is as improved as the info and reviews seem to indicate. Thanks again.
I just spent the money to purchase Office 2011 and the Analysis Toolpak STILL isn't available, even though VBA is back? Really, Microsoft? This will be the last office suite I buy from you unless ATP comes back. I could have bought iWork to do the same (read: limited) functions that are available in Office 2011.
Releasing the final version of a software might be a reason to pull public beta versions, but is not really an acceptable excuse for not offering a trial. MSO trials have been available for years, why not anymore?
I've downloaded Office 2011 for Mac through MSDN. I've just installed it and it has a 30 day trial option.
I just got word that although Office for Mac 2011 has been released there WILL be a trial available soon. When I have that date, I'll post it.
And yes if you are an MSDN subscriber you can download it htere.
I use the audionote-feature in Word 2011. What I dislike is the fact, that I find no way to delete an audionote from the wordfile and that all audionotes will be stored in the same audiofile. Really dissappointing! Why it is not possible to store all audionotes in an extra object in the wordfile with the ability to delete them (like in OneNote 2010)?
@Andy: Check out this article; it may help you out (if not totally satisfy you... :-( ):
@sebgr Yo'urecorrect that all notebook audio is stored as part of the .docx, and it's not possible to delete specific clips.
However, it is possible to export the audio (which could then be sliced/diced in with audio editing software ... not ideal, but an option).
The instructions are here:
I cannot believe I paid to upgrade to Office 2011 for Mac. It was supposed to be identical to the Windows version. No Analysis Toolpak. Come on MS, boo.
@Disappointed: I'm not sure how or where you read/heard that Office for Mac 2011 is supposed to be identical to Office 2010. I could be wrong but I can't recall any MSFT claim of that. But I could be wrong ( wouldn't be the first time)...Can you point me to that?