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Road to Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac: A New Hope


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Road to Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac: A New Hopehttp://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/04/30/road_to_microsoft_office_2011_for_mac_a_new_hope.h tml
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It's been just over two years since Microsoft released Office 2008 for Mac. Now the company is preparing to launch its 2011 edition in significantly less time than it took to update Office 2004, this time delivering an application interface sporting a sharper and more professional look. Here's an early introductory look at what's coming.
And for a little history lesson there is this:
AppleInsider | Articles tagged Road to Mac Office 2008
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Oh, thank goodness! I recently upgraded to Office 2008 on my Mac - work upgraded us all to the same for PC, and I reluctantly followed along at home since Word now saves things as .docx instead of .doc ~ actually, there is very little about 2008 I like better than 2004, and a great deal I loathe. After fifteen years of using MS Office as my go-to program for word processing and spreadsheets, the 2008 version felt like I had to learn the suite all over again. Previous upgrades were similar enough to their predecessors that I could easily adapt and learn all the new features quickly. Not so with this one. Every. Single. Time. I went to do something, I had to stop and think "now where is that command?" Talk about interrupting work flow! As a writer, I found Word particularly frustrating. Every day when I opened a doc, I would grit my teeth and mutter deprecations as I went about my work. When I write, I want to have my head totally in whatever I'm working on, not wondering where the heck I need to go in oder to format something, or turn track changes on, etc.

From what they show of 2011 in that article, it looks like it takes a step back to the command style of old, which is a huge improvement for me. I'm not against upgrading, but when navigating the software has been essentially the same for two decades, where's the value in totally changing everything overnight? At least give a display option for those of us who prefer the older "style".
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sulla go into Word preferences and simply save the setting for documents from .docx to .doc simple as that.
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I wouldn't get too excited about MS releasing Office 2011 "in significantly less time"..... They didn't earn the nickname "King of vaporware" for nothing. I personally hope the article has it right but I'm not holding my breath.

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I wouldn't get too excited about MS releasing Office 2011 "in significantly less time"..... They didn't earn the nickname "King of vaporware" for nothing. I personally hope the article has it right but I'm not holding my breath.

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I've been using the beta for a few days. It is pretty polished. IMO it isn't vaporware.

And the "King of Vaporware" title still belongs to 3Drealms for Duke Nukem Forever.
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ROFL. I had forgotten about Duke Nukem Forever. I still have a copy of the original Duke Nukem.... I knew about the beta and the beta for Office 2010 for Windows, it's just that I have used MS beta software before seemingly forever waiting for the gold release. I guess we'll see.

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