It takes time to update powerful programs, but Microsoft says that Office 2011 for the Mac will be available on 26 October 2010 (it's available for pre-order now). The updated productivity suite promises performance boosts along with newly revealed extras such as Full Screen Mode - which lets you block out distractions while writing in Word - and Dynamic Reorder - which lets you reorder layers in documents and presentations. Office 2011 will be available in several editions: Home and Student Edition includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Messenger for $119. Home and Business Edition adds Outlook - which replaces Entourage - for $199. And the Academic Edition offers the entire suite, including Outlook, for just $99... if you're a higher education student, staffer, or faculty member.follow link
Springy Dock Tricks
If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.
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- ExtraBITS for 4 October 2010 (03 Oct 10)
Microsoft Office 2011 Arrives 26 October
Is it known whether VBA Excel Macro support has been included in Office 2011?
I believe I read that the new Office will only work with Intel processors. Is this so? I still like my old Powerbook.
Office 2011 System Requirements
That page isn't on a Microsoft server but they're handling fulfillment of Microsoft's "buy Office 2008 now, get Office 2011 free" program.
Office 2011 upgrade
I'm okay with this. The last PowerPC computers were discontinued in August 2006, over 4 years ago. Office 2008 and 2011 don't have differing file formats and Entourage will still work with Exchange servers for years, even if they limit access to using Exchange Web Services (EWS) only.
I may have trouble with the resolution requirements going from 1024x768 to 1280x800. We have a lot of classroom projectors that only do 1024x768 and typically have the computers set to match for mirroring. The requirement for Office 2010 for Windows is still 1024x768.