Third Office for Mac 2011 Beta Reveals New Icons, Splash Screens, and More

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    Microsoft is continuing to push forward with work on Office for Mac 2011, issuing a third beta release of the productivity suite in advance of a final release scheduled for launch around the end of the year. With Office 2011's features and functionality becoming firmed up, Microsoft has begun putting more effort into some of the finishing touches that offer some obvious visual changes.


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    Some of those changes included in the latest beta version are new icons and splash screens for the Office applications, as well as minor tweaks to several toolbar and ribbon icons. Application interfaces otherwise appear largely the same as in earlier beta versions, although Microsoft is undoubtedly continuing to refine its flagship productivity suite with functionality fixes and enhancements.


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    We'll keep our eyes peeled for information on more substantial functional changes included in the latest beta as testers put it through its paces.

    Article Link: Third Office for Mac 2011 Beta Reveals New Icons, Splash Screens, and More
     
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    I hope one of the improvements is to bring back vba macro capability. The excel interface could use key shortcuts like in the Windows version too.

    Here's hoping!
     
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    This is widely known (and publicly stated by Microsoft) to be the case.
     
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    I'm super excited. Beta 2 was great! Never like Office 2008 that much (love 2007 though). The new Outlook is a BIG step up from Entourage.
     
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    Good! Now if I have the gimped 2008 version I wonder if I can get a discount on an upgrade.
     
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    To each his own. I like 'em. But I use spotlight to launch most of my programs anyway.
     
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    Was just a matter of time before someone bitched about the new icons.
     
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    They're perfectly fine in my eyes. Alright, the Messenger one is horrid, but still…
     
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    I think I'm most interested in seeing how Outlook for Mac turns out. As a power email user, Entourage is still lightyears ahead of Mac's horrible and overly simplistic/lacking Mail, but Entourage itself is a distant shadow to Outlook for Windows. I understand that Outlook for Mac won't be a feature-for-feature copy of its Windows counterpart, but hopefully it's better than what it is now.
     
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    It's a corporate-usage IM system. Allows large companies to have IM between employees keeping logs of all traffic and messages not leaving the corporate network. Integrates with Outlook.
     
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    If they make it good enough I may just go back to Office on Mac and skip iWork 10 (if it ever comes out). And I like Outlook more than Apple Mail, too.
     
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    I don't like the trend over the last 5 years or so of letter-icons. If two programs start with the same letter, I'm supposed to remember which typeface belongs to which? Grrr.
     
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    Thank goodness they released another beta so they could get everybody's feedback ON THE FRIGGIN' ICONS!

    Good grief.

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    Have to take a look

    I will need to take a look at this when it is released. I can't say I have been too thrilled with iWork with the exception of Keynote, which is phenomenal.

    I wonder if MS will do a n iPad release. I tried exporting a Keynote presentation from Mac to iPad and found that "Action Moves" were not supported on iPad -- though iPad version is still infancy, I hope that they eventually support display of all Keynote for Mac features on iPad even if they don't support creation of all content.
     
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    It's an internal IM client for organizations. Used it at my previous job for Windows. It's not bad. The Windows version was nearly identical to MSN Messenger in every way, except it's only for internal users.
     
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    So it just replaces the "Corporate" tab of Microsoft Messenger then it sounds like. Right?
     

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