Microsoft Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at Office for Mac 2011 Features

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Microsoft today posted a blog entry talking a bit about its forthcoming Office for Mac 2011 release scheduled for late this year. A brief behind-the-scenes video of Microsoft developers talking about some of the new features included in the release has also been posted.
The team has a short video (above) and here is a quick look at the new feature they discuss:

- Starting off with the new Template Gallery in Office 2011, this feature allows you to quickly and easily pick a template from the built-in designs to the thousands of templates online – giving you a head start to create great looking, professional documents.

- Core features in Outlook for Mac like the Conversation View help you sort emails easily to keep track of what you need to do. Additionally, the new file-based database is faster and provides more stability with Time Machine support.

- Tying all of the new features together is the Office for Mac ribbon, designed as an evolution of the Office 2008 Elements Gallery while also utilizing the classic Mac menu and Standard Toolbar giving you the best of both worlds. We have put the most commonly used controls at your fingertips making it easier for you to find what you need. You can even minimize the ribbon and the Toolbar for more screen space or for the more advanced users who rely on keyboard shortcuts.
Microsoft has issued several beta versions of Office for Mac 2011 so far this year, which each showing an increasing level of refinement and polish as the company moves toward a public release in the last calendar quarter of this year.

Article Link: Microsoft Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at Office for Mac 2011 Features
 

stagmeister

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Sounds great. I am a big fan of the Windows version of Word, I am forced to use it at work and can't wait to get the ribbon on my mac.
 

Xenu007

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Just dumped Entourage for Gmail

After Entourage 2008 corrupted my entire database after a power outage, I tried to switch to Apple Mail, which was too primitive by comparison. So I settled for Gmail, which has better spam filters and works with my iPhone.
 

acurafan

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swinger, walk into an apple store, it gets worse. ;)

i can't wait, anything is better than apple mail and entourage for mac.
 

al2o3cr

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Let's review briefly:

- Starting off with the new Template Gallery in Office 2011, this feature allows you to quickly and easily pick a template from the built-in designs to the thousands of templates online – giving you a head start to create great looking, professional documents.
Yay, more templates that nobody will use! Bonus points if they include business letter templates in Comic Sans.

- Core features in Outlook for Mac like the Conversation View help you sort emails easily to keep track of what you need to do. Additionally, the new file-based database is faster and provides more stability with Time Machine support.
So they've discovered threading? Wow, how novel. As to the "file-based database", how many years of munging people's PST files (anybody else remember the "2GB PST lose"?) did they ignore before they FINALLY got with the program?

- Tying all of the new features together is the Office for Mac ribbon, designed as an evolution of the Office 2008 Elements Gallery while also utilizing the classic Mac menu and Standard Toolbar giving you the best of both worlds. We have put the most commonly used controls at your fingertips making it easier for you to find what you need. You can even minimize the ribbon and the Toolbar for more screen space or for the more advanced users who rely on keyboard shortcuts.
Translation: Now with a FOURTH place that we can stash commands so you'll be totally confused! Did we mention that it's cleverly designed to be context-sensitive, so you won't even be able to see where the command you want *should* be until you're in just the right spot in the document?

Hopefully, they'll come out with a slightly more compelling case for why people should shell out the $$$ for an "upgrade" besides the above and "it will suck less, we promise!"...
 

Jason Beck

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I like it. The programs start almost as fast as Safari on my machines. It's a very good release. I have been using the betas for 2011 since day one.
 

ValSalva

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I've used Office 2011 Beta 4 and 5 and it looks very good. It's still the gold standard of office suites. If you are going to work with most of the world, i.e. Windows, it's almost a requirement.
 

jhende7

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Wtf

I thought I was doing well career wise for my age. These kids are all managers? MacBu is like peewees friggin playhouse.
 

akjs2396

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Nice that they found time to make this video, which probably took a whole day what with the editing etc. Personally I'd rather they just hurry up and get it on the shelf!
 

tivoboy

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great

great, the next office for mac will be developed by 12 year olds! I hope it doesn't have a whole bunch of facebook direct integration, api's and process hogs just because 12 year olds can't think in parallel streams!
 

Sparced

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Microsoft's developers look like they're still in high school.

"Three is no step three! You can do it all in two steps!"

I can imagine hey would fit in as characters in a Parks & Recreation episode.