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Office for Mac 2011 is here!

I am so excited about this, because Office for Mac 2008 was so unbelievable, achingly bad - and 2011 version shows so much promise - that I'm just dumping the press release here. Can't wait to try it!

Johannesburg, South Africa – 15 October 2010 – Microsoft has launched its Office for Mac 2011 desktop suite in South Africa, with a strong focus on collaboration and social networking tools that it says will allow users to work with colleagues and friends anywhere, anytime, and across platforms. After more than two years of hard work, Mac users will be happy to hear that Office for Mac 2011, the latest version of the productivity suite, will be in stores in 100 countries including South Africa by the end of October 2010.

The new version of Mac Office - the first major revision for the suite since 2008 - also includes Outlook as its e-mail client for the first time, replacing Entourage.

Over 1 billion PCs and Macs run Microsoft Office and Office for Mac - making the Office franchise the most used productivity suite worldwide. The latest offering for the Mac builds on Microsoft’s drive towards allowing you to work the way you want, where you want.

Speaking at the launch in Sandton yesterday afternoon, Lance Thorp, Entertainment and Devices Lead, said that more than ever before, Office for Mac 2011 brings the familiar productivity tools and features of Microsoft Office to a suite of applications that work brilliantly on the Mac. “With the many new exciting feature additions and improvements, this version is shaping up to be the best of Office for Mac yet”, said Thorp.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 adds rich new features to the familiar Office applications, helping you to manage your home and business the way you want, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Most notably are the improvements to Outlook. Outlook for Mac 2011 lets you see your calendar from within your email, as well as allowing you to read and save related emails in a single thread.

Reliable compatibility with Macs and PCs running Office around the world ensures you have the right tools to create, share and collaborate with virtually anyone, anywhere. The new Office Web Apps let you post, access, edit and share Office documents from where you want with nearly any computer with a browser, allowing you to co-author a document with multiple people in multiple locations.

Messenger for Mac 8 enables you to communicate in real-time with audio and video support, and Remote Desktop for Mac 2 so you can drive your Windows-based PC from your Mac.

In store from 26 October locally, the suite will come in two editions at retail, both available with either a single user license, or a multiple user option – Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 (ERP: R999- R1299) and Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 (ERP: R2499- R2699). For better alignment across platforms, the Office for Mac 2011 pricing and edition options, map closer with Office for the Windows operating system.

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