Microsoft will be launching Office 2010 for the PC in the early part of the May, and the RTM build is already available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac will have almost all the functionalities that would be available in Microsoft Office 2010 for PC, except for a UI that matches OS X.
A leaked build of beta of Microsoft office 2011 for Mac is available since some time and BGR has been playing with it from past few weeks. They have found some changes in it from the previous version and that’s what they said about this.
Many of the changes made are hard to appreciate without actually seeing the application suite in use, and for that reason alone we have assembled a massive gallery of screenshots. On the other hand, images can be meaningless without a bit of an explanation so we’ve put down a brief summary of our initial thoughts.
Some of the key features of Office 2011 for Mac:
- Each application has had its UI completely overhauled
- Good for switchers: Anyone familiar with Office 2007 or 2010 for Windows should be familiar with the UI
- Toolbox is no longer mandatory
- iPhoto, iTunes, Photo Booth and Garage Band now integrate with Toolbox
- Excel now has “working support for macros”
- Ribbons – a “fluent user interface” – now on the Mac
- Outlook – powerful email client, but complex and frustrating
BGR has uploaded over screenshots, you can see from here.