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VIDEO: Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Tips!

If you now have Office for Mac 2011 in hand, but are curious about the full potential of new Word and PowerPoint features, you won’t want to miss the following demo videos straight from the show floor at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

We’re walking you through how to read, create and fine tune your documents with Full Screen View and Publishing Layout for Word. We’re also sharing the magic of background remove in PowerPoint to help you put the focus on the most important part of your photos – YOU! As a bonus, all of the templates used to demonstrate these features are available right in the Office for Mac 2011 template gallery.

Check them out and let us know what you think! You also can find these and other videos on the Microsoft Office blog. And if you haven’t picked up a copy of Office for Mac 2011, get yours today at http://www.officeformac.com.

January 7th, 2011
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  1. Michel says:

    Excellent presentations, well explained amazing features!

  2. macuser says:

    Hi there,
    I just wanted to ask you one question – why there is no lithuanian dictionary both in microsoft office: mac 2008 and microsoft office: mac 2011?
    O personally thought that you will add this in the new edition of office tools but you didn’t.
    Why?

  3. Office for Mac Team says:

    @macuser Thanks for your feedback. Office for Mac 2011 is offered in 13 languages but unfortunately Lithuanian is not supported. You can suggest it for inclusion next time here: http://www.officeformac.com/productforums/

  4. Rob Calhoun says:

    Outlook feedback.

    I am posting these here and to http://www.microsoft.com/mac/product-feedback. (The feedback form requires no email address and no captcha; it is awfully hard to believe that it isn’t piped to /dev/null.)

    Outlook is good enough that I haven’t switched back to Entourage (yet), but I’ve certainly considered it. On the plus side, Outlook no longer complains about my Exchange server being misconfigured, and it seems to do a pretty good job communicating with Exchange. (For example, I can now browse the Global Address List.) But on the down side it crashes very frequently, the user Interface is frequently clunky, and the program’s behaviors cannot be configured by the user.

    This is Outlook 14.0.2 (101115) on OS X 10.6.6, Intel iMac

    1. CRASHES

    Outlook crashes a lot, on the order of a half a dozen times a day. Fortunately it hasn’t lost data yet, but it’s annoying. Here are some ways in which it has crashed.

    1a) Go to calendar. Right click New Appointment. Enter Subject “test”. cmd-W to close window. Click “Save”. Outlook crashes about 90% of the time. [By the way, Entourage auto-saved at this point,which is a better behavior.]

    1b) Crashed when I deleted a contact with two contacts open (not easily reproduced).

    1c) Crashed when I sent email (not easily reproduced.)

    Closing windows is a frequent source of crashes.

    Performance:
    2a) delete performance is very poor. Deleting items moves them to the deleted items folder (slow) and deleting from that folder takes as much as 1 second per message with a large (20,000) number of deleted messages. Yes, this could be the Exchange server, but OWA seems ok.

    2b) On the initial sync Outlook often claimed “this folder is up to date” when it wasn’t. Outlook gets tired, or something, and a restart is required before it really tries syncing again. It took about a day, with a dozen+ restarts, before my folders and were up to date. Since then it has been ok. (Yes I have a lot of email, but Gmail would laugh at it.)

    2c) Search performance on Contacts via the “Search this folder” function (why are there two independent ways to search for contacts!?!?!?!) is very poor. See below for the problems with “Contacts Search”.

    User Interface:
    3a) In email, deleting a message doesn’t go to the next unread message. It should.

    3b) Email widgets are distributed more or less randomly between the “message” ribbon tab and the “options” ribbon tab. Plus there’s a toolbar with almost nothing on it. (Redo gets a button?!?!) I don’t want to make claims about what the optimal button configuration is but it is pretty sad you can easily hide the “Send” button with this UI. If that isn’t core functionality in email, I don’t know what is.

    3c) “Contact search” outputs to the contact browser window, which is a floating window that is hidden when Outlook is not in the foreground. This means you cannot see any information about the contact when in any other application. This is really awful. It makes “Contact Search” (which is pretty fast) much less useful. l have to use the slow-as-molasses “Search this Folder” if I want to see someone’s email address when I’m in Apple Mail.

    3d) You don’t know how long it took me to find the menu options for changing from mail to calendar. View -> Go To -> {SubApplication}. “Go To”. It’s pretty easy to hide the navigation pane on the left by accident and think you’ll never see your mail again. I think these could exist on the top level View menu pretty happily.

    3e) On that note, it would be helpful to have the application selector icons up at the top toolbar. It has only 11 possible options, 3 of which are “space”. It’s hard to find them down in purgatory at the bottom left of the window. (I eventually learned to use cmd-1, cmd-2 etc.)

    3f) I suppose this is an Outlook for Windows thing, but why are there both “Meetings” and “Appointments”?

    Praise:
    4a) Good job with HTML email. You generate HTML that is vastly cleaner than that generated by Outlook for Windows. Might be nice to allow a user-defined stylesheet.

    4b) Likewise plain text email handling seems pretty good.

    4c) Email search is much better than Entourage.

    4d) Those of us who work in a different time zone thank you for showing appointments for showing meeting invitations in our own time zone.

    4e) Launches faster than Entourage, which is good since it crashes so often. I hardly even notice it crashing and relaunching. :-)

  5. Lou says:

    Outlook 2011:
    1) No possibility to request a receipt (entourage option: Disposition-Notificatio-To)
    2) No option: ”after send move the message to folder….’
    3) No address book name matching with incoming (and outgoing) email messages
    4) No scripts availability: (File Reply in Same Folder X, Same Names Finder, Set Reply Category, Set Sent Message Category
    5) Syncing contacts in messing up formatting of contact notes!!!
    6) NO syncing of calendar (no caldav, no google, no yahoo, no iCal..!)

  6. Fernando Phillipi says:

    Office for Mac is AWESOME, but please, make a new version of Live Messenger for Mac, because it SUCKS!

  7. par larsson says:

    MSN Messenger for Mac is borked for me.

    Can’t sign in.

    Deleted and re-installed.

    Reset password.

    New email address.

    Can’t sign in.

    Guess I’ll use someone else’s product to communicate with friends.

  8. C Chang says:

    Microsoft scams customers with this “buy MS office Mac 2008 and free upgrade to Mac office 2011″ scam. offers expires on 31 Dec 10 – why? because the fewer upgrades the better, never mind that people are busy and you don’t send out notices to remind them. Need original sales receipt? – why? because Microsoft doesn’t have the technology to detect if you actually paid money for your copy? (I did) – why aren’t you required to provide sales receipts for the tons of patches that comes to plaster over problems? and why don’t those patches have expiration dates and require you to request it? because MS actually wants you to get the patches, but don’t really want you to get the upgrade. Anyone who works at MS and is a computer user knows that this should be an automated process – why isn’t it, because MS is big enough to not care about its consumers. MS – it’s not too late – fix this – it’s cheap and has only positive business consequences.

  9. Lou says:

    Outlook 2001 hell:

    1) No possibility to request a receipt (entourage option: Disposition-Notificatio-To)
    2) No option: ”after send move the message to folder….’
    3) No address book name matching with incoming (and outgoing) email messages
    4) No scripts availability: (File Reply in Same Folder X, Same Names Finder, Set Reply Category, Set Sent Message Category
    5) Syncing contacts in messing up formatting of contact notes!!!
    6) NO syncing of calendar (no caldav, no google, no yahoo, no iCal..!) URGENT!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Joe Sireno says:

    I run a corporate events company and we do meetings and conferences for a number of Fortune 100 companies. We are 95% Mac at this point and the new PowerPoint 2011 is truly an outstanding advance in production software. What you have done makes PowerPoint the clear and unmatched leader again and that’s coming from a shop that was getting quite comfortable with Keynote.

    In a business where failure is never an option, we thank you for this exceptional engineering.

    Best,

    Joe Sireno
    President, The Sireno Group

  11. Office for Mac Team says:

    @Joe Sireno Thank you so much for your nice words about PowerPoint! We hope the rest of the suite is treating you and your company well too.

  12. Enterprise Mac User says:

    I was watching Fox Business today and they said that JP Morgan is seriously considering deploying Macs in their enterprise. Huummm, with these legit complaints about how MSO can’t even work properly on a Mac platform, JPM may get sticker shock with the costs of the Macs and the ripoff from the markup pricing of the Mac Office.

    This is just plain silly from the same company that produce their own office suite on the Mac *first*…

  13. iwong says:

    Hello this is iwong. I read this topic.Outlook is good enough that I haven’t switched back to Entourage (yet), but I’ve certainly considered it. On the plus side, Outlook no longer complains about my Exchange server being misconfigured. This is very interesting.
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  14. Keisha says:

    @Office for Mac Team – Can Outlook for mac 2011 send “task requests” to another person as is possible in the windows version?

  15. Walter Nicholes says:

    I am getting weekly indications from my Microsoft updater that there is an update for both versions of Office for Mac.
    However, when the updater tries to go out and get the update it fails.
    When I try to go to the site I see the download link, but when I try to download it I get the message not found.

    Walt

  16. Office for Mac Team says:

    @Walt Take a look at this thread and follow the instructions from the MVP. Let us know if you’re still having trouble: http://tinyurl.com/4vvv2tg.

  17. Matt McReynolds says:

    Question:

    I am running PP 2008 and am fairly new to PP.

    Can you play one song throughout a presentation?

    It seems that period of a timed Slide is overrode by the length of the song.

    Of course the next question is can you do a continuous loop with a song (for instance for a 9 minute slide show a 3 minute song 3 times).

    Thanks Matt

  18. Bek says:

    Silly question,

    Can u open a powerpoint in Word for Mac 2011 on any edition of Word for PC?

    Even when the layout and fonts are not available on the order edition on the PC?

  19. Office for Mac Team says:

    @Bek Not a silly question at all! Yes, PowerPoint and Word 2011 for Mac and 2010 for PC are compatible. You can even co-author documents simultaneously with other people in different locations who are using Office 2011 or Office 2010 for Windows. And quickly share your presentations with anyone who has browser access through PowerPoint broadcasting. Learn more from our latest blog post, http://tinyurl.com/46r6xn2 and lLet us know if you have any other questions.

  20. Hank says:

    Word 2011 would be so much better and more useful if they would fix the problem with footnotes. What’s taking so long?

  21. Luke Branscomb says:

    How do i put a video onto my powerpoint?