Microsoft Office for Mac 2011: New Features Revealed

It was reported months ago that Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, the next version of the leading productivity suite for the Mac, will be available in more than 100 countries around the world at the end of October. Hot discussions are all the time coming around us. So what will the Office for Mac 2011 be like? And will it meet your expectations? Here we can share the new features they have yet unveiled:

Scheduling assistant

The scheduling assistant feature lets users see calendars in-line with their mail client. This feature will work with Outlook for Mac, which is the mail client in Office for Mac 2011. The Entourage mail client will be replaced by Outlook for Mac in the Office for Mac 2011 release.


It is designed as an evolution of the Office 2008 Elements Gallery while utilizing the classic Mac menu and Standard Toolbar which gives you the best of both of worlds. You can also minimize the ribbon for more screen space or for other usage.

Co-authoring and sharing

Co-authoring on the Mac version will work for documents created in Excel, PowerPoint or Word, allowing multiple users to make changes to a document. That means, you can simultaneously edit the same Word document or PowerPoint slideshow with other people in different locations. It’s also highly integrated with the Office Online suite, which lets you back up and edit your documents in the cloud.

Office Web apps

These apps are light versions of Excel, Word and PowerPoint that can be accessed via a Web browser, as well as offline through the installed Office productivity suite. It allows you get things done where and when you want, from virtually any computer with an Internet connection.

Template gallery

This feature allows you to easily and quickly pick a template from the built-in designs, which gives you a head start to create a great looking and professional document.

Conversation view

It helps you sort your emails and keep track of what you need to do. Besides, the new file-based database provides more stability with Time Machine support.


In Excel 2011 you can create Sparklines for large amounts of data to get a quick visual summary of data using tiny charts that fit within a cell near its corresponding values. You can also use Sparklines to show trends in a series of values, such as the price of your home, or your monthly expenses.

PivotTables & photo editing

Within this new Office for Mac suite, you can have the ability to do basic photo editing in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Broadcast slideshow

Microsoft previously announced this feature for users of PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. This feature lets users share PowerPoint presentations with others via a Web browser.

So, how do you think of these features? Is it fitting for your own expectations? Of course these are only part of the features of Office for Mac 2011. Let’s wait the official release next month, to reveal more details on the suite.