Differences Between Microsoft Office: Mac 2008 and 2011
Naturally, talking about upgrading is a very different thing from actually upgrading – but what will you get when the change is made?
The various applications that comprise Microsoft Office: Mac have changed between the two versions, with Microsoft making a concerted effort to align the later release with the Windows versions, Microsoft Office 2010.
One result of this is the discarding of the Entourage email application, a poor relative to Outlook that attempted to be unnecessarily cool and hip rather than functioning on the basics such as managing emails. Instead, Office 2011 features a new Mac version of Outlook (pictured). While there are still a few drawbacks in functionality – iCal is still not supported, for instance – this makes for a much more rounded experience.
When Microsoft released Microsoft Office 2007, they introduced a number of changes, most notably a new set of document formats, based on the open XML standard. For instance, .DOC files would no longer be the preferred file type for Word, where .DOCX would be used instead.
This new standard is continued in Office 2011, although the main difference is that now the .DOCX format has become much more popular. While .DOC format documents are still in use, by default Word 2011 will use create new files DOCX.
Elsewhere, things are pretty similar. PowerPoint is still very good but not as accomplished a presentation application as iWork’s Keynote, while Access is still less usable than its Windows version.