Office for Mac 2011 with more Connections of Office for Mac vNext

Microsoft offered a sneak peak of Office for Mac 2011 at Macworld 2010 expo. Among the new features are co-authoring tools and web apps. New tools allow users to work on Word, PowerPoint and Excel files from different locations via Microsoft Office Web Apps connection. Co-authoring is aimed at removing confusion from having multiple versions […]

Microsoft offered a sneak peak of Office for Mac 2011 at Macworld 2010 expo. Among the new features are co-authoring tools and web apps. New tools allow users to work on Word, PowerPoint and Excel files from different locations via Microsoft Office Web Apps connection. Co-authoring is aimed at removing confusion from having multiple versions of documents and lost edits. Office Web Apps is currently in beta, but is available for both home and business users across platforms. Documents are stored in the user's Windows Live ID account or Microsoft SharePoint. It's a direct move against Google Apps. Despite new collaboration features, Microsoft said it was careful not to completely rearrange look & feel of the software. Rather, new design represents an evolution of Office 2008 Elements Gallery, leveraging classic Mac menu and standard toolbar. Users can collapse the ribbon and toolbar to get more screen space. With new design, Microsoft intends to make it easier to find and discover new and frequently used commands. Company said more than 80% of most-used features will live in default view. Built using latest Mac OS X technologies, the ribbon promises a more consistent experience across platforms, which Microsoft said’s the key to productivity, as 75% of Mac users also use a PC.