Microsoft today posted a video to their blog and YouTube account detailing the new features coming to the next version of the flagship Office product for the Mac platform.
Office:Mac 2011 is set to include a host of new features, and will change the look and functionality of the current offering from Redmond, in the hopes of making the productivity suite more user-friendly and efficient.
The big news with this iteration is the inclusion of Outlook as the email and calendaring tool; previous versions of Office:Mac had a proprietary application, that was Mac-specific, called Entourage. Many users complained that Entourage could never replicate the functionality or experience offered by Outlook. Of course, many analysts speculated that this was a strategic decision on Microsoft’s part in order to “cut-off” the Mac as a serious tool for enterprise, and thus continue to reign their monopoly with Windows as the preferred “serious-work” platform.
The inclusion of Outlook finally positions the Mac as a viable option for the workplace, and simplifies the lives of many people who love the Mac experience, but have to currently manage two machines (Windows + Mac) due to their company utilizing enterprise servers that require Outlook only.
Some highlights from the video:
Office:Mac looks great, and I can’t wait for it to release. My biggest hope is that it will pressurize Apple into improving their own productivity suite, iWork, of which I enjoy using, but still find no match for the power of Office. Then again, simplicity is good…
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