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Microsoft Readies SP1 for Office for Mac 2011

Microsoft Readies SP1 for Office for Mac 2011

The first Service Pack for Office for Mac 2011 is about a week away, Microsoft announced this week in a blog post. The SP1 update will usher in increased stability, security, and some new features to the suite, including improved Outlook syncing support. Performance enhancements will also be part of the package.

"Since there’s been so much interest in syncing Outlook calendars, I want to share more detail on a particular limitation that Apple is introducing with their new version of MobileMe," Microsoft's Pat Fox stated. "MobileMe will no longer sync with MacOS Sync Services as of May 5th (or now if you have already moved your account to the new version of MobileMe calendar). As a result, Outlook 2011 SP1 calendars that sync with Sync Services on the Mac, will NOT be synced with MobileMe calendars."


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What this means for Joe Mac User is that if he syncs his iPhone or iPad calendars with Sync Services, his mobile device calendars will be synced with Outlook 2011 SP1. But if he instead syncs his iPhone or iPad calendars with MobileMe, they will not be synced to his Outlook 2011 SP1 calendar because of the broken link between MobileMe and Sync Services, Fox explains.

Some other new features include Outlook support for Exchange based service-side rules, Outlook Redirect button (allowing users to redirect the message tot he intended recipient and the replies will go to the original sender), Outlook Resend button, Outlook edit of existing messages, and Solver integration support in Excel.
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All of this stuff Microsoft is doing is great, but is also generally behind any competition as well. I personally am kind of disappointed in M$ really. You would think they would try to do something innovative really, rather than after someone else does it with everything. I mean I get it to a point as they don't want to loose money, but the way you make money in this field is through innovation. That also means your first with something! The one thing I will really give Google praise over is there products are almost always in Beta, and or have a beta of a new version running.

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