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Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac

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Key Details of Microsoft Office 2011

  • Create professional content with the Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook suite.
  • Last updated on May 17, 2024
  • There have been 7 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 makes working on a Mac easier, especially if you need to share files with Windows users. It’s got everything most people need for work or school, with some handy new tools and improvements that make it worth checking out. The Ribbon interface, a staple of Office for Windows, makes its way to the Mac with this release. This feature unifies the user experience across all the applications in the suite, offering quick access to tools and functions relevant to the task at hand. The Ribbon can be customized or minimized, catering to the user's preference, which demonstrates Microsoft's understanding of the diverse user base and their varying needs for customization.

Functionality within the suite has seen substantial enhancements. Word now offers better publishing layout views and dynamic guides for document elements, making it a powerful tool for creating professional-looking documents with ease. 

Excel has introduced Sparklines and enhanced conditional formatting, which bring data visualization to the forefront, allowing for more intuitive analysis and presentation of data. PowerPoint now includes improved slide transitions, the ability to embed videos directly, and a new dynamic reordering feature for handling complex slide elements, making presentations more engaging and easier to manage. 

Outlook for Mac is perhaps the most significant addition, offering Mac users a robust email and scheduling tool that integrates seamlessly with Exchange Server. This brings Mac users into the fold with features like Conversation View and the ability to import .PST files, aligning the Mac version more closely with its Windows counterpart. 

Two editions are available to cater to different user needs: Home and Business, and Home and Student, with a clear and straightforward installation process. 

What's new in version 14.5.1

  • This update fixes an issue that causes the main window not to open in Outlook for Mac 2011.

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Full Specifications

May 27, 2015
Latest update
May 17, 2024
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X, Mac OS X 10.6, OS X 10.10, OS X 10.9, OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.5
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Create professional content with the Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook suite.
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 gives you a familiar work environment that is more intuitive than ever. The suite provides new and improved tools that make it easy to create professional content, along with improvements in the speed and agility of Office 2011 you will notice from the moment you open the applications. From managing home projects and planning important gatherings, to helping your kids polish their homework, Office helps your family make the most of every opportunity, every day. Create great-looking documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Communicate and share with family, friends, and colleagues, whether they're on Macs or PCs. And access your files whenever you need them, using any computer with a web browser and the free Office Web Apps.

Improved compatibility

Share files with confidence knowing that the documents you create using Office 2011 on your Mac will look the same and work seamlessly when opened in Office for Windows.

Co-authoring allows you to save time and simplify your work by allowing you to edit the same Word document or PowerPoint presentation at the same time as others in different locations who are using Office 2011 on a Mac or Office 2010 on Windows. (Co-authoring requires Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 for enterprise use, or a free Windows Live ID for personal use, to save and access files via Windows Live SkyDrive.)

Office Web Apps allow you to get things done when and where you want, from virtually any computer with an Internet connection.

Sparklines visually summarizes your data using tiny charts that fit within a cell near its corresponding values. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 Sparklines is compatible with Microsoft Excel 2010.

Create professional content

Publishing Layout view combines a desktop publishing environment with familiar Word features, giving you a customized workspace designed to simplify complex layouts.

Visual styles provide you with consistent formatting that is easy to apply.

Picture Editing gives you tools throughout the suite to crop, recolor, remove background and compress photos within your document.

Charts and SmartArt gives you dozens of SmartArt layouts from more than 130 diagram layouts, ranging from organization charts to lists, processes and relationship diagrams.

Dynamic Reorder helps you simplify complex layouts. Get an instant, 3-D view of all layers on your Publishing Layout view page and PowerPoint presentation.

Familiar, intuitive tools

The new ribbon creates an intuitive experience for the Mac user. Familiar Office for Mac tools are still available so you can take advantage of the new ribbon without reinventing the wheel.

Template Galleries give you easy, organized access to a wide range of online and custom templates and recently opened documents.

Media Browser allows you to access your iPhoto libraries and iTunes playlists directly from the Photos and Audio tabs on the Media Browser in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. You can also access movies and iMovie projects right from the Movies tab.

Rich presence and on-the-spot communication lets you instantly connect with your contacts without leaving your work. Presence and communication are available while editing documents with others.