Kuala Lumpur, February 13, 2008 — Microsoft Corp’s Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) recently announced the official availability of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac at the Macworld Conference & Expo 2008.
Office 2008 for Mac is significantly enhanced to provide a simplified user experience that helps beginners and longtime experts alike deliver professional documents that are compatible for co-workers and friends on Macs and PCs. The suite provides the Office tools Mac users rely on, with a Mac-like approach and style. In addition to Office 2008, the Mac BU Web site, Mactopia (http://www.microsoft.com/mac), features a dramatic transformation to provide an even more resourceful hub for all things Mac BU.
“We developed Office 2008 for Mac as a comprehensive productivity suite that also helps people simplify their work,” said Craig Eisler, general manager of the Mac BU at Microsoft. “To complement the deep set of new and improved features, we redesigned the interface so that it is truly easier to use. Even Office beginners can create great-looking documents very quickly. And, at the core, we focused on delivering reliable compatibility so that users can confidently share documents across platforms.”
“Office 2008 is the latest in a long line of great Office for Mac releases that get better with every version,” said Ron Okamoto, vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple Computer Inc. “It has many new features that help you work faster and with more ease, and Mac users will also love how seamless it is to share Office 2008 files with PC users.”
Key to Compatibility: Keeping Mac and PC Users Connected
Mac users require the ability to share their documents with confidence; they also need a consistent look to their output on both PCs and Macs.Office 2008 for Mac is the most compatible suite on the market, sharing core technologies with the 2007 Office system such as Open XML File Formats and the graphics engine, OfficeArt, to ensure consistency in graphics rendering when they are shared. Office 2008 is Universal and runs natively on Intel- and Power PC-based Macs.
Office 2008 also makes great strides to meet the needs of users in cross-platform organizations. The most complete Exchange client on the Mac, Entourage 2008 in Office 2008 for Mac and Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition delivers improved reliability and time management tools with updates for calendar management and Out of Office Assistant to keep users connected and productive.
Increased Discoverability: The Tools You Need When You Need Them
Office 2008 for Mac offers a streamlined and intuitive new user interface that lets users immediately jump in and start working. The updated suite keeps the traditional drop-down menus but adds the new Elements Gallery row of tools in Word, Excel and PowerPoint to unlock the power of Office.
Throughout the suite, users will find a revamped Toolbox that is now a true one-stop destination to find some of the most useful tools in Office for Mac: the Object Palette, Animation Settings and the new Citations function, which makes it a cinch to create citations and bibliographies. The Toolbox also features the contextual Formatting Palette, which adjusts its content for each application to truly make it more intuitive to create great-looking documents.
In addition, the new stand-alone My Day application allows users to track professional and personal priorities to stay on top of daily activities regardless of which application they are working in.
Grows With You: The Perfect Product for Every User
For a casual or seasoned user, Office 2008 for Mac provides the right tools to complete any project.Excel 2008 is a prime example, with new features for all users, even those with “grid fear.” Ledger Sheets provide beginners with the prebuilt worksheets they need to easily master budgets, invoices and financial portfolios. Formula Builder walks users through the steps needed to confidently create accurate formulas.
For power users, Excel 2008 introduces increased rows and columns that match the Windows-based 2007 Office system to ensure that users on Macs and PCs will have access to up to 16,000 columns and more than 1 million rows.
Professional Output: Your Ideas Look as Good as They Are
When ideas look good, they get the attention they deserve, and Office 2008 for Mac delivers new tools and functionality to create great-looking charts, graphics and professional documents with ease.A key component is SmartArt Graphics, another suitewide feature providing a wide range of professionally designed graphics that can be added to any document, spreadsheet or slide show with just one click.
Publishing Layout View in Word 2008 is a new specialized work space where users can simply create and edit layout-rich documents. Newsletters, fliers and brochures are a snap to design with layout tools such as Zoom Loupe and color-coded, linked text boxes to flow columns of copy between pages.
In PowerPoint 2008, the new Thumbnail View provides a side navigation pane that makes it easier to ensure design consistency while improving the flow of slides. The Object Palette offers quick access to visual assets, including iPhoto images, while Dynamic Guides help users quickly align text and graphics. The improved Presenter Tools in PowerPoint 2008 now feature both elapsed and actual time indicators for greater control over pacing.
And to help share slides on-the-go, new integration with iPhoto lets users share professional presentations from a Mac to an iPod by saving as a PNG or JPG file.
Office 2008 for Mac Options
January marks the availability of Office 2008 for Mac in most regions worldwide, with full global availability by the end of the first quarter 2008. Customers with any previous version of Office for Mac are eligible for upgrade pricing. The three versions are as follows:
* Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac. The core suite includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage along with Microsoft Exchange Server support and Automator tools for the ultimate Mac productivity experience. The estimated retail price is RM1,660 full retail version and RM996 version for the upgrade version.
* Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition. This specially priced version delivers three licenses for home and students with basic productivity needs and consists of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a non-Exchange Server-enabled version of Entourage. The estimated retail price is RM619 for the full retail version.
* Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition. This special new edition combines Office 2008 applications with the Microsoft Expression Media digital asset management system and is geared toward professional users who need Microsoft Exchange Server support and Automator tools and are looking for one product to meet their productivity and digital asset management needs.The estimated retail price is RM2,074 for the full retail version and RM1,244 for the upgrade version.
* All prices are estimated retail prices and may vary by retailer.
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