Microsoft is without doubt the leader when it comes to enterprise productivity tools with Microsoft Office being the most popular application suite. Quite logically, Microsoft has tried to transform this success into their edge in their recent smartphone foray with Windows Phone 7.
As you may already know, the latest 2010 version of Microsoft Office lets users broadcast Powerpoint presentations. The presenter may set up their computer as the host and choose to broadcast their presentations. This will create a temporary session on the Microsoft server that is then available to be viewed on a shareable link on other computers in remote locations.
Apparently, this link is also viewable on Windows Phone 7 handsets with no set up required. Users clicking on the broadcast link are seamlessly taken to the Powerpoint show being broadcast – a great way to attend conference calls and meetings while you are away from the computer.
Facebook has been sending invites to the press calling them up for a media event on November 15. While not much is known about the event officially, speculations are doing the rounds that Facebook could be unveiling its new email product – an application that could take on the likes of Gmail and Hotmail and would comprehensively build up the direct messaging functionality of the current service.
According to Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet, this new webmail product could come with additional integration with Microsoft’s Office Web Apps. Office Web Apps, as you know, is the web form of Redmond’s popular Office productivity suite and will let users access Word and Excel files directly over the browser apart from storing these files on the cloud rather than on the local hard drives. The ZDNet rumor notes that the new webmail client unveiled by Facebook could replicate the Office Web apps integration that is presently available on Hotmail.
Considering that people spend more time on Facebook than on Google (the search engine and other products), it makes terrific sense for Facebook to bring such productivity tools to the social network. But then, given the sophistication of the Gmail service, Facebook’s new product could be more of a threat to Hotmail – Microsoft’s email service – rather than to Google or Yahoo. What do you think?
We always knew this was coming and after Microsoft announced last week that an announcement was due on Tuesday, it was more or less confirmed that the new Microsoft Office 2011 productivity suite for Mac was releasing this week. Now it has.
The new Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac is now available for public consumption and brings with it, all the expected suite of applications like Word, Excel and Powerpoint. And perhaps in what should come as a huge relief, Microsoft has finally replaced Entourage with Outlook in the latest release.
A single license of the Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac software should cost Home and Student users between $109.99 and $149.99. On the other hand, for business users, this application should cost higher between $174.99 and $279.99.
Of course, the price is going to be cheaper if you are checking it out from third party retailers like Amazon.
Following what we had heard earlier, Microsoft has launched a new website for the cloud version of their popular Office productivity suite. Announcing the launch of the new beta version of the office365.com website, the company has said that the new service will provide the “best of everything we know about productivity, all in a single cloud service” and that this will let people “focus on their business, while we and our partners take care of the technology“.
The announcement however did not make a note of the exact launch date of the new Office365 service but what we know is that the product will launch early next year in as many as 40 countries worldwide. As of now, users can sign up for beta testing the service besides clicking on the various links to learn more about what is on offer.
Microsoft has called the press up for a media event on Tuesday this week at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. According to a statement from the company, the announcements scheduled for this week are likely to be about Microsoft Office. No further details are known yet.
That, however does not stop us from speculating. It has been widely known that the Microsoft Office 2011 edition for Mac computers is slated for release later this month on October 26. What that could mean is that Microsoft’s announcements tomorrow will inevitably discuss this upcoming release. The company had announced last month that the software had already been shipped to Apple for being incorporated in the upcoming versions of Mac.
Besides that, there are also speculations that Microsoft could be announcing a mobile Microsoft Office suite geared to iOS devices. That remains a speculation however.
Microsoft has announced that the company has completed its final testing of the 2011 version of its Office for Mac software and that it is ready for RTM (Release to Manufacturing). This would mean that the software shall now start being shipped to customers and to Apple for installation in its production units.
The latest Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac brings a number of tweaks and though it will bring many more features that were hitherto available only on the Windows version, the experience is said to be more Mac-like. This includes the duplicating Apple’s ‘ribbon effect‘.
The actual date of release is still under wraps though we heard not so long ago that the product is expected to officially start shipping from October 26. That is also in line with speculations from earlier this month over an October release.
Check out the “behind-the-scenes” video released by the Macintosh Business Unit.
Folks at 9to5Mac have got hold of a nice bit of information with respect to the launch of the new Microsoft Office 2011 package for Mac. According to details posted on Amazon, the new software should begin shipping from October 26th this year.
This is the first time a specific date for the new product has been available. Earlier this year, the company had officially announced the price of the Office for Mac 2011 edition and had indicated that the software will be available in October. The latest version of the software is expected to be much closer to the Windows version and is expected to reinstate support for Visual Basic applications that were dropped in the 2008 edition. Office 2011 for Mac is also expected to bring improved support for Exchange.
Amazon has put up all three editions, namely Student, Professional and Home up for sale on their website.
Microsoft had recently begun sending out beta invites for its latest Mac-compatible Office 2011 suite. Now, the Redmond based company has officially announced the prices for its Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac software. As expected, the cost of the different editions are a tad lower than the 2008 MSRP. Microsoft is obviously trying to price the software aggressively in order to make the application much more ubiquitous in the Mac segment where Apple’s own software have ruled the roost so far.
So here are the prices of the various editions of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac
Student Edition :$119
Office for Mac Home & Business : $199
Academic Version : $99
Student Edition : $149
Office for Mac Home & Business : $279
The Student and Home editions will come with Word, Powerpoint, Excel along with Microsoft’s instant messaging app for Mac OS X. With the business edition, users may also get hold of Outlook for Mac that will include email, calendar and contacts integration. The MS Outlook for Mac shall replace Entourage as the communication application. The academic version will only be available to those who are enrolled or employed at academic institutions.
The new Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac is expected to launch in October though customers who purchase the 2008 software starting today are eligible for a free upgrade later.
In an effort to improve cross-platform compatibility, Microsoft has revealed that its upcoming 2011 version of Microsoft Office for Mac productivity suite will offer greater feature parity with the Windows version.
The new version shall offer improved support for Exchange and Visual Basic Applications. You may recall that support for VBA was dropped in the 2008 version of Mac Office.
The new tool also brings co-authoring tools to the platform. In a press release, Microsoft has said,
“The new co-authoring tools in Office 2011 give you and your teammates the ability to work on a file from Word, PowerPoint or Excel [via the Office Web App version only] from different locations, brainstorm ideas, and stay on the same page regardless of time, geography or platform. Co-authoring improves the processes of working together, removing the pain and frustration of multiple versions, lost edits, or even trying to set a time for the group to meet. With this new feature you can keep track of your team with the Presence Everywhere feature that gives real-time status updates on who is working on the document directly in the application.”
[via Apple Insider]