Outlook for Mac to ship with next Office 2010 for Mac version
Posted on 14-Aug-2009 15:48
Filed under: News
Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) has shared details about the next version of Microsoft Office for Mac, announcing that a new application, Outlook for Mac, will replace Entourage for Mac.
For current Entourage users, Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition is available today, providing performance and reliability improvements and enabling users to sync Tasks, Notes and Categories.
“It is an exciting time for the MacBU with updates to our current products and the first public announcement about the next version of Office for Mac. For several years we have focused on providing the best Microsoft Exchange client for the Mac, and the Web Services Edition delivers that today for Entourage users,” said Ms Danica Aitken, category marketing manager, MacBU at Microsoft Australia and New Zealand.
Web Services Edition provides faster data synchronisation so current Entourage users on Exchange can experience improved e-mail and calendaring support. The beta was launched earlier this year and has since been used by several large enterprise customers. Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition is available to current Entourage users on Office 2008 for Mac SP2, with all updates applied, on Exchange 2007 SP1 RU4 or later.
Outlook for Mac is designed to deliver significant changes including being built from the ground up using Cocoa providing users with improved integration with the Mac OS. The application also uses a high-speed file-based database with support for backing up files with Time Machine and Spotlight searching.
MacBU also announced a new SKU line-up that introduces Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition in addition to the current offering of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition. The line-up now includes two Office 2008 editions: Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition (currently on store shelves), and the new Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition.
The new Office 2008 Business Edition features a powerful suite of tools, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage, in addition to new features designed to help users manage their business, organise their data and present a professional image. In addition, Exchange Server support and reliable compatibility with Windows-based Office software helps take collaboration and productivity to the next level.
Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition will launch on 16th September 2009. The free Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition, can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/mac/itpros/entourage-ews.mspx