Microsoft at MacWorld expo, announced “Office 2011 for Mac,” first of its Apple-based suites to serve up Microsoft Outlook and web-based co-authoring. Built into the new software will be .PTS support, allowing users to back up and open their emails outisde of the client. It also supports Information Rights Management, which allow to access documents with permissions settings. As well as Mac users can back up new emails in Time Machine. It also supports OS X's Spotlight search. Mac users will also have access to Microsoft Office Web Apps suite, which’ll be fully integrated with desktop package. It’ll include co-author settings to allow numerous people to work on a document at same time. If two people’re editing a word document at the same time, Office will show the user which paragraph of a Word document their colleague is working on and lock that. The "Ribbon" UI has also graduated to Office 2011 for Mac, allowing users to easily format documents, but it retains a unique Mac-like feel.
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Microsoft has now revealed that it’s looking at the possibily of releasing Office for Mac for the Apple iPad, "Yeah, it's something that we're looking at," said Microsoft Senior Product manager Mike Tedesco. Microsoft's Mac Business Unit didn't dismiss the idea, but made it clear that it wouldn't be a top priority. "Our main focus right now is Office 2011, but we’re looking into the iPad though we’ve nothing firm to share at this time," a Microsoft representative said via email.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, meanwhile, is being a little more explicit about his feelings toward Apple's latest creation. “You know, I’m a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard - in other words a netbook - will be the mainstream on that,” Gates said. “So, it’s not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, ‘Oh my God, Microsoft didn’t aim high enough.’ It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.’ "