Reviewed: Office 2011 for Mac

Office 2011 for Mac will be publicly available on October 26, but we've had a chance to put the new suite through its paces. Check out our review.

Microsoft announced today it will be taking preorders for Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac. Microsoft says this major update will bring the Mac version of its office suite almost on par with the Windows version of the product. With significantly better cross-platform compatibility, several added new features, and some impressive interface elements exclusive to the Mac version, Office 2011 for Mac might be the best in its class.

Over the past couple of weeks, we had the chance to check out the entire suite--including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook--and we think there's plenty to be excited about. New and notable features in this latest iteration of Office for Mac include handy image-editing tools, a new media browser, enormous template galleries, and several feature upgrades and interface enhancements across the suite. If you're still not sure if you should preorder Office 2011 for Mac, read our review for more info.

Though the venerable suite won't be available until October 26, you can read up-to-date news and details from Microsoft's Mac development team over at the Mac Mojo blog.

About Jason Parker

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.