Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac comes in two versions namely Home and Student version priced at $119; and Home and Business version at the cost of $199. The latest Mac version from the world’s most commonly used office suite has come out as a grand success for Microsoft. When compared with the earlier versions, such as Mac 2008 and its predecessors, Microsoft Office 2011 is a lot more innovative, in terms of design, speed, functionality, and compatibility. In fact, Microsoft Office 2011 outsmarts its Windows-based counterpart when it comes a few new features.
Some of the interesting changes in the Microsoft Office 2011 suite consist of the new Outlook and the associating element that lets several users edit the same document at the same time if the document is on SkyDrive a cloud-based free storage offered by Microsoft or on a SharePoint server. This feature of the Microsoft Office 2011 is a plus for the software.
Unlike the previous versions of office suite in which you had to slog, Microsoft Office 2011 is very fast. The new ribbon interface which is similar to the windows version of office suite has made it very user friendly. The aim of the ribbon interface is to minimize the time spent on digging through top-level menus like View or Insert. Each program has a row of tabs on top. The names however vary with each application like Word, PowerPoint, or Excel. For example, the tab in Excel comprises Layout, Tables, Charts, SmartArt, Formulas, Data, and Review. Clicking on any the tab will display a kitchen sink of icons. This avoids cumbersome navigation through the menu tree. It is indeed a growth in the smartness of the software. In case you need to hide these tabs all you have to do is double click on them to get a clean interface.
One other highly useful feature of the software is the inclusion of the Mac version of the Visual Basic for Applications automation language, which makes it possible to edit Word macros in OS X. The multimedia integration feature of Microsoft Office 2011 is yet another boon to users that need to insert photos and videos in their documents. The software includes a pruned and unified interface with neatly set tabs in all of the apps irrespective of different genres, such as music, photos, or videos.
With this feature, you can now make simple edits like cropping or auto format to fit in the images perfectly. If you had been wondering how to include a video in your presentation, Microsoft Office 2011 provides you the perfect solution.
While Microsoft Office 2011 occupies 2.5 GB of space in you Mac, it does not overwrite the previous versions installed. This seems to be a better option for users that have acquainted themselves with the earlier versions and are comfortable with it. However, this has a mixed reaction among the users. In short Microsoft Office 2011 is a more sophisticated application that enables you to speed up your job while make it very convenient.
Microsoft Office 2011 Review
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