Outlook for Mac to Ship With Next Version
Microsoft Corp.'s Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) shared details about the next version of Microsoft Office for Mac, announcing that a new application, Outlook for Mac, will replace Entourage for Mac.
MacBU is providing this early information to meet the planning needs of enterprise customers. For current Entourage users, Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition is available today, providing performance and reliability improvements and enabling users to sync Tasks, Notes and Categories. These updates demonstrate the team's commitment to meet Mac users' productivity needs and to improve the overall Office experience. MacBU also announced a simplified SKU lineup to help make product selection more intuitive for customers. The new lineup introduces Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition in addition to the current offering of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition.
"It is an exciting time for the MacBU with updates to our current products and the first public announcement about the next version of Office for Mac. For several years we have focused on providing the best Microsoft Exchange client for the Mac, and the Web Services Edition delivers that today for Entourage users," said Eric Wilfrid, general manager for the MacBU at Microsoft. "Outlook for Mac will bring features our customers have long requested - such as Information Rights Management — that make working across platforms even easier. I think people will see that this move to Outlook for Mac is more than just a name change."
Outlook for Mac releasing in the next version reflects the team's commitment to further develop the Mac's leading productivity suite. This new application will deliver significant changes — ultimately allowing for increased productivity across platforms, which continues to be the top request of enterprise customers. The MacBU today shared a few of the features that will be in Outlook for Mac, including these:
- Cocoa: Built from the ground up using Cocoa providing users with improved integration with the Mac OS
- New database: A high-speed file-based database with support for backing up files with Time Machine and Spotlight searching
- Information Rights Management: Helps prevent sensitive information from being distributed to or read by people who do not have permission to access the content
"Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server have been a cornerstone of communications and collaboration for our enterprise customers," said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of the Office product management group at Microsoft. "Today's release of the Web Services Edition strengthens Exchange connectivity for Entourage customers and sets the stage for the move to the new application — Outlook for Mac. These updates continue Microsoft and the MacBU's tradition of delivering the most complete solution to help customers manage their time, and better share their information and collaborate with others."
Availability and Pricing
Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition will launch on Sept. 15, 2009, and will be available for pre-order on Aug. 18 for the estimated retail price of $399.95 (U.S) and $239.95 (U.S) for customers eligible for Version Upgrade. Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition is currently available for the estimated retail price of $149.95 (U.S.) for the full retail version. The free Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition, can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.mspx?link_name=downloads.