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Microsoft Office 2011 Arrives 26 October

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.Generic Globefollow link


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Scott Harrison  2010-10-04 21:22
I purchased Office 2008, then returned it because it does not support Excel Macros. I use macro's heavily in Office 2004 and would find it difficult to get along without.

Is it known whether VBA Excel Macro support has been included in Office 2011?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-10-05 05:47
Yes, definitely!
I believe I read that the new Office will only work with Intel processors. Is this so? I still like my old Powerbook.
Curtis Wilcox  An apple icon for a Friend of TidBITS 2010-10-06 13:47
Yes, requires an Intel processor and OS X 10.5.8 or later.

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.