Microsoft's Office fo Mac team announced that next week, Service Pack 1 of Office for Mac 2011 will released and will provide increased stability, security, and some new features to the suite -- including improved Outlook syncing support --as well as some performance enhancements.
This update will enable calendar syncing between Outlook for Mac and Apple's Sync Services. This'll let you sync your Outlook calendar as well as contacts, notes and tasks with any service or device that supports Sync Services, including your iPhone and iPad.
Alos note that, "Apple's new version of MobileMe will no longer sync with MacOS Sync Services as of May 5th (or now if you've already moved your account to the new version of MobileMe calendar). As a result, Outlook 2011 SP1 calendars that sync with Sync Services on the Mac, will NOT be synced with MobileMe calendars."
"So what does this mean? If you sync your iPhone or iPad calendars with Sync Services (ie via iTunes over a cable), your mobile device calendars WILL be synced with Outlook 2011 SP1. If you sync your iPhone or iPad calendars with MobileMe, they'll NOT be synced to your Outlook 2011 SP1 calendar, because of the broken link between MobileMe and Sync Services. Hopefully Apple's changes will not impact very many of you," explains MacBu team.
The table below outlines the supported services in Outlook for Mac 2011 SP1:
Also, the following new features coming with SP1:
- Outlook support for Exchange based server-side rules
- Outlook Redirect button (you can redirect the message to the intended recipient and the replies will go to the original sender)
- Outlook Resend button; Outlook edit of existing messages
- Solver integration support in Excel.
[Source: Office for Mac Team blog]