Microsoft to release Office for Mac 2011 SP1 next week


Microsoft said on Wednesday that it plans to introduce its first Service Pack for Office for Mac 2011.

The software giant will release Service Pack 1 next week which will provide “increased stability, security, and some new features to the suite.” Microsoft says it will improve Outlook syncing support and include some performance enhancements. The update will also enable calendar syncing between Outlook for Mac and Apple’s Sync Services. The feature will allow users to Sync data between Outlook’s Calendar and devices such as the iPhone or iPad. “This has been one of our top feature requests – hopefully this is good news to many of you,” said Microsoft’s Pat Fox.

Microsoft also detailed a future limitation with Apple’s new MobileMe. MobileMe will no longer sync with MacOS Sync Services as of May 5th (or now if you have already moved your account to the new version of MobileMe calendar). Microsoft says that as a result of Apple’s change, Outlook 2011 SP1 calendars that sync with Sync Services on the Mac, will NOT be synced with MobileMe calendars.

Microsoft’s Office for Mac 2011 SP1 will also include support for Exchange based server-side rules, Outlook Redirect button (you can redirect the message to the intended recipient and the replies will go to the original sender); Outlook Resend button; Outlook edit of existing messages; and Solver integration support in Excel.

Microsoft recently revealed that Office for Mac 2011 has exceeded the company’s “internal sales milestones.” Office for Mac 2011 does not include all the components that are available in Office Professional Plus for Windows, but supports Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Microsoft launched Office for Mac 2011 in October. Office for Mac 2011 also sees the return of Outlook on the Mac, offering similar functionality and appearance, including a Mac inspired theme ribbon, as Outlook 2010 for Windows.

Office for Mac 2011 will also allow for multiple document editing, so users can edit the same document at the same time, without getting a lockout notice. Office for Mac will include document sharing with other Mac and Windows office users, through SharePoint, SkyDrive and web apps.

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