Office For Mac

Office for Mac 2011 Available October 26

We are excited to announce that starting on October 26 you can get your own copy of Office for Mac 2011! And starting today preorders can be placed at

One of the most visually impactful features in the new suite also is called Dynamic Reorder, it gives you the ability to interactively re-order all of the layers in a document or presentation – one of the ways that we are solving a very real customer need with a fun experience. The new suite also introduces a new view in Word 2011, Full Screen view which has two views: one optimized for writing and the other for reading.  Allowing you to block out the distractions and focus on putting your idea on paper.

Here is the last behind the scenes video from the team:

And we know that those features wouldn’t mean much if the overall performance of the suite wasn’t up to par. In fact, improving performance was a priority across the suite. We hope that you will notice this right away with the launch speed of each app and overall speed throughout the applications.

We hope you enjoyed another glimpse into Office 2011 and remember – you can pre-order it today and it will be here soon!

September 28th, 2010
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  1. Stuke says:

    Activation? Really? Why the sudden paranoid act? Haven’t we moved into the 21st Century yet?

  2. Lee Ladisky says:

    Is there any ETA on complete Google and Outlook integration with Calendar and Contacts (not via address book sync)? Does it support IMAP push? the only way this will be worthwhile for me to upgrade is to have complete replacement in Outlook of my primary apps on google: calendar, contacts and email.

  3. Mikael says:

    I have a 6 week old macbook pro. I have in the past few days noticed a very faint yellow blotch/streak on my screen, only visible at certain angles and especially when my black screen saver comes on with a flurry type image on the screen. OI cannot see it on the white screen or light colours but only grey to black screens.

    What is this yellow blotch/streak all about?

  4. Jimbo says:

    Still not on MSDN. What gives?

  5. Allyn Draper says:

    What the hell happened to Entourage? Did Microsoft Rebrand it Outlook for Mac 11? Did they just port Outlook over to OX 10.6 and call it quits for Entourage? Need more info about what features are gained, but more importantly… What features were lost! I’ve been an Entourage user for over 10 years.

  6. John Dearing says:

    I have noted that it is available everywhere but not on HUP ? Any idea when it will appear? I sent email to HUP a few days ago and they suggested from launch?

  7. Faye Lester says:

    We’re still on 2008 and will be until at least next year. Where has all the 2008 help and how to gone??? Everything’s now pointing to 2011. As a university we can’t just jump onto 2011. Please can you tell me where to get back to the very useful 2008 instructions please!

  8. Neil says:

    So its now midday here in the UK and still no download option in my Volume Licensing.

    Any ideas when it will be available?

  9. Mikael says:

    The big question out there is if Office 2011 for Mac will be available on MSDN and Technet today. Any official answers from macmojo on that?

    Kind regards


  10. Mikael says:

    Hi again!

    Office 2011 is now available on both Technet/MSDN. Have fun!


  11. Thomas M. Bradshaw says:

    I too have been waiting for Office 2011 to come out for the HUP. I shot an email to Office for Mac Press (, and got this back:

    “Thanks for your question. Office for Mac 2011 is expected to be available through the Home Use Program in December 2010.”

    Thomas M. Bradshaw

  12. Jimbo says:

    Excellent news! I’m downloading from there now, thanks :)

  13. Austin David says:

    I’m surprised there’s no calendar syncing to iPhone! A fundamental productivity tool (for the Mac, no less) can’t sync to the most popular PDA in the world?! When will this fix be in place?

  14. Mac Mojo Team says:

    @Austin David We’re always looking at what productivity apps Mac users need and want. However, right now we are focused on Office 2011 which offers Word, Excel, PPT and Outlook for Mac.

  15. Mac Mojo Team says:

    @Faye Lester You can still access our forums for help on Office 2008 forums, here:

  16. Abo Omar says:

    I will not purchase it because there is no Arabic supporting.

  17. Pernille Halberg says:

    Congrats with a new release, as a MAC and PC user I have been long awaiting getting OneNote for MAC…and now realize it is not part of the new release:( very disapointing……when will OneNote become available for MAC users??

  18. A Cox says:

    We have been told that 2008 office suite is no longer available by a variety of resellers and that we need to purchase 2011.

    Not all of our computers have intel processors so 2011 is not compatible on those computers. The reseller said we would be able to download 2008 for free for each 2011 license we purchase.

    I would like to verify that this is correct.

  19. Faye Lester says:

    Thanks for telling me the forums are still available.

    However, forums are used for problems and trouble shooting.

    We want to access the excellent, structured training materials for Office 2008, not the forums.

    Please can you tell me how to access those? We are not in a position to move to 2011 yet but have whole university faculties with people who want to access training materials!

    Please don’t forget those of us still on 2008.

  20. Mac Mojo Team says:

    @Pernille Halberg: Thanks for the congrats! And for your feedback, always much appreciated. Right now, we don’t have any news to share around OneNote but are always looking at what apps our users need and want.

    @A Cox: Yes, Office for Mac 2011 licenses acquired through Volume Licensing will have downgrade rights to Office 2008 for Mac and prior versions.

    Hope this helps! We’re working on your other questions so stay tuned…

  21. bobsiej1 says:

    Having recently bought Office for Mac Home & Student 2008, I was able to get the 2011 upgrade for no cost. I was really disappointed to find that Outlook is not included, so how can I upgrade to the Home & Business edition without having to pay the full price?

  22. jfeinberg says:

    Several have asked for an ETA on calendar syncing with iPhone. Can we please have an answer?

    This is THE decisive issue for me (and I suspect many others) in determining whether to make the transition from ’08 to ’11.

  23. Michael says:

    Thank you Microsoft for following me to the Apple world and ruining my day – again.

    I just left the Windows world and purchased an iMac after 30+ years of using Microsoft and PC products. I was tired of spending time making my older computer work, and watched my wive’s transition (painfully) to Windows 7 on a new PC where she still spends hours dealing with incompatibilities, updates, etc.. I am basically up to speed on most tasks (easy) and very satisfied with the new Apple computer – until now.

    I kept Outlook, because it had worked relatively well and was my one focal point for information, not a power user, put satisfied.

    I bought the new MS Office for iMac, knowing it was the first day of release, but was already in the process of rebuilding my files in the new iMac Outlook. Things were working OK – until just now.

    I just downloaded the new update to outlook and all my files I had just created got wiped and I now have a virgin database, no email accounts, etc.

    Thanks for making me spend time working on making my computer (software) work, and not USING my computer for what I want.

    Thanks – for nothing.


  24. Betheeem says:

    I have purchased MS Office 2011 business edition for my company but have not released it to the masses mainly due to there not being a calendar sync option…disappointing especially since there is no longer support for Exchange 2003. I will also miss Project from Entourage it was a great piece.

    Can someone let people know if this feature is coming soon?

  25. Matt Connolly says:

    Attachments with long file names.


    Mac has had support for long file names since 1998 when HFS+ came out in Mac OS 8.1.

    Why is it 12 years later, Outlook 2011 for mac is still using more than 10 year old APIs that don’t support those file names.

    When you attach a file that has a long name, it is truncated and the end is replaced with something like #1234.

    eg: This_is_a_long_filename_that_is_really_useful_version_3.docx

    arrives to client as: This_is_a_long_na#1234.docx

    Receiving attachments is fine. Sending is broken.

    Using Mac Mail with Exchange server works fine. The problem is with Outlook Mac 2011 client.


  26. Matt Connolly says:

    Note the Outlook attachment problem only happens when you drag and drop the attachment into a window. If you use the attach paperclip icon button it works ok.

    Still, the drop should be able to see the full name of the file.

  27. Marc says:

    I still wonder if office 2010/2011 will be truly compatible, in the sense that a pptx from 2010 will not have misplaced items and changed fonts when displayed on 2011 and the opposite! What about the equation editor?

    That’s a real problem users have and not dynamic sliding!

  28. Amy says:

    I’ve only recently bought a Mac. I downloaded a trial version of iWork for 30 days which gave me a really good sense of how it works. Now I want to compare it to Office 2011 which I’ve never used before (I’ve used previous versions only). If there is no trial version, how can I test the product that suits me best. No trial = no purchase as far as I’m concerned. Best stick to iWork, at least I’ve tested the product before I spend money on it. Once again Microsoft shows a lack of forward thinking.

  29. Karen says:

    As much as I dislike Microsoft products, I was going to buy Office 2011 because I thought they had finally fixed the problem with Arabic. But from what I can find online, it seems that you can open Arabic documents (and type in them), but you can’t create RTL documents?


    So, the Windows version of Word has had RTL support for years, and the free TextEdit program that comes installed on Macs can do RTL, but you’re really claiming that there are “technical difficulties” in implementing it?

    If enabling a word processor to handle RTL Unicode text *correctly* is really beyond your technical capabilities, y’all need to find new jobs.

  30. Mark F says:

    We use SBS2003, i bought Office for Mac 2011 Home/Business, so i can’t use outlook, so my heart is broken; Reluctantly, is it possible to buy entourage somehow to use with the rest of the new suite, or is there any other way of not having to use windows?
    I can use OWA but it is even more limited than entourage i guess. Any suggestions?

    Thank You

  31. Stu says:

    Mac Mojo Team:

    Look not to beat a dead horse here, but I had seen a reference to OneNote in the January 2011 MacLife article. Having used that program before – I quickly went to purchase the academic version through Microsofts website. As I was reading through the fine print I didn’t see OneNote listed. Simple, no purchase. OneNote is an amazingly fantastic incredible application that I really really really really want. Get it? I can’t even get it at work on a PC as they haven’t updated the suite yet. Please, make this available to Mac users!!!!! Lobby Redmond Management for us. It’s the right thing to do!!!!!

  32. Jim says:

    I am also among the disappointed that Office 2011 does not have OneNote. I just received an iMac and am trying to migrate everything from my PC to Mac and had so much stored in my OneNote on the PC. It is an incredible app and was shocked to see it was not included. I think I even read somewhere that Bill Gates said that it was one of the apps he used the most.

  33. Ace says:

    Onenote is simply the best app for a whole lot of things. So -pretty please with sugar on top- make it available for Mac. Is there any excuse at all for not making it available for all of Humanity?

  34. Office for Mac Team says:

    @Ace Right now we’re working on perfecting Office for Mac 2011, but feel free to leave your request for OneNote on the OFM product feedback page (found here: as something you’d like to see in the future. Thanks for your feedback.

  35. Refurbished Computers says:

    I have been really glad after reading this blog as the knowledge which has been given via this blog is simply tremendous. I would congratulate and appreciate the blogger for doing this much hard work.

  36. Office for Mac Team says:

    @Refurbished Computers Thanks so much for your nice words. We enjoy interacting with our users and are always looking to provide as much information as possible for the community.

  37. Bruce Fraser says:

    I have a MacBook Pro 15 running MACOSX 10.6.6
    I want to be able to print labels from an Excel spreadsheet using Word.
    If I purchase Office for Mac will I be able to select the info from the spreadsheet like my Windows PC friends do.
    Can’t do this on my Mac now as it seems to only use my Address Book.
    I am on a retiree executive and we frequently have to run Avery mailing labels for several different groups of our retirees.
    Please tell me this will work! It would make my life much easier and I really want to continue to brag about how good my MAC is!!!

  38. Jenny says:

    Is there any timer function in the 2011 Outlook for Mac like Journal in Microsoft Outlook? If not, are there any webapps that I can plug in?

  39. Office for Mac Team says:

    @Jenny There is not a timer function in Outlook for Mac, but you can request it from our developers here:

  40. james Kougioulis says:

    I installed office 2011 on my MacBook Pro and since then my screen saver will not work properly. If I shut down the computer and restart it, the screen saver works for a few hours then it will not come on.
    I am worried about my screen.
    Please advise

  41. Office for Mac Team says:

    @James Kougioulis Have you downloaded the latest update here? If you’ve done this already, we’d recommend heading over to our Office for Mac forum and starting a thread to see if any other users have had a similar issue: The MVPs in our forum are really knowledgeable and can help you figure out a solution.

  42. Joe says:

    RTL support including Hebrew and Arabic is a MUST-HAVE feature.
    I believe the demand in Israel alone would have recover the necessary investment by a nice margin.

  43. Office for Mac Team says:

    @Joe Thanks for your feedback. Please let our developers know that you’d like RTL support in a future update here:

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  47. Alex says:

    Will Mac 2011 totally melt down when you release an update just like 2010?