Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac has been out for a little while now, but in case you're still on the fence, Redmond has decided to sweeten the deal a little bit, by launching free 30-day trial licenses for the software, to let you take it for a test drive. After that, you can make the decision for yourself whether to proceed with purchasing the productivity suite.
Microsoft Office has always had a lot of features--too many features, some would say. With menus inside of menus, palettes aplenty, and toolbars crammed with tiny buttons, the biggest problem with Office was finding the features you needed without being bogged down by the ones you never touched. Plus, with the Mac version of Office lagging at least a year behind the Windows suite, feature parity could be an issue, so Mac users often felt like second-class citizens over, for example, the lack of VBA macros.
This is the generation that will never know life without an app store. These days, every tiny device imaginable has its own app store to tout; even the seemingly useless Peek email reading device has apps for social networking. Now, Microsoft allegedly wants to jump onto this bandwagon with their own app store of sorts.
Microsoft Office makes money. So, with that being the case, why won't Microsoft make a version of Office for the iPad so that we can give them more money to love?
It seems like a pretty straight forward gambit: With Apple having shipped over five million iPads, many of which are no doubt totting copies of iWork, you'd think that the boys from Redmond would have wanted to get a piece of the pie. It's not like they haven't had time to get their ducks in a row. Even poor, brow-beaten Blackberry, are preparing to enter the tablet world with an entry of their own recently acquired DataViz, a company that was producing office applications for handheld devices long before the iPad was a glint in Steve Jobs' eye. C'mon Microsoft! We can even log into Google Docs on the fly these days! How can you look the public in the eye and tell us that Office for our iPads, iPhones and iPods is a no go?
Microsoft announced today that they will begin a video series showing off the various new features in Office 2011. The first video, which was just placed online shows the Outlook Conversation View and the new Template Gallery that launches when you open an application.
Microsoft is stepping closer to the launch of its Office 2011 product for the Mac. Today, the company began sending out beta testing invitations to users of Microsoft Connect (their bug and suggestion center). If you've been keeping up with the Office betas, then you may know that Microsoft updated to Office 2011 beta 3 earlier this year, adding new splash screens and user interfaces to the Office applications.
Earlier today, we ran into the devs at Quickoffice,
makers of a mobile office suite that allows you to create and edit
documents on the go, from your iPhone (and hopefully, for your iPad). We
got a quick look at their free (for a limited time) app Quickoffice
Connect, which allows iPhone users to access, view, and share all of
their documents across different online storage accounts, like MobileMe,
Dropbox and Google Docs.