Microsoft releases Office 2011 Service Pack 1

Microsoft Office 2011

Office 2011 version 14.1 (Service Pack 1) is now available from Microsoft’s website. Asannounced on April 6, the update includes a variety of improvements to the new Outlookfor Mac, including built in support for Apple’s Sync Services that allows users to more easily synchronize Outlook data with other Mac OS X software like iCal and BusyCal and devices like the iPhone and iPad through iTunes.

The update also includes the usual fixes for “critical issues” and patches a security vulnerability that could allow an attacker “to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.”

Microsoft offers more details about the software update on its official Office for Mac blog. Even if the update isn’t showing in Office’s AutoUpdate utility yet, you can download the 246MB package here.

Microsoft releases pricing for new Mac Office 2011.

We have been waiting for this news since the first presentation of the new MS Office for the Mac, earlier this week Microsoft announced launch details for Office for Mac 2011, revealing that the productivity suite will be released in over 100 countries in late October.

The suite will come in two editions, Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Office for Mac Home and Business 2011.

Editions and pricing include:

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011: Includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Messenger and is priced at $119 for a single install or $149 for a Family Pack allowing up to three installs in a single household.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011: Includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Messenger and is priced at $199 for a single install or $279 for a Multi-Pack that allows a user to install Office on two of their Macs.

Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011: Includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Messenger and is available for higher education students, staff, and faculty, with a single install priced at $99. This academic version may only be purchased from authorized academic stores or direct from Microsoft.

Furthermore as of today, if customers purchase Office 2008 for Mac, they will be able to upgrade to Office 2011 when it is available at no additional cost through the Microsoft Office for Mac Technology Guarantee Program.

Microsoft presents Office 2011 for Mac

We have been waiting for any news on the new MS office 2011 for Mac for quite a while now, which is why this news from Microsoft is great, earlier Microsoft announced that they will begin a video series showing off the various new features in Office 2011.

They have already released the first video which shows different aspects of the new Outlook Conversation View, as well as the new Template Gallery that launches when you open an application.

The Template Gallery enables you to pick a template with built-in designs and several thousands to choose from online, while the Conversation View allows you to sort emails with ease.

In addition, Outlook 2011 offers several other cool features such as:

– Time Machine capability
– New Ribbon feature

Especially the new ribbon has been met with some uncertainty from PC users, who have had several issues with the ribbon on the Windows version.

We are still waiting for any news on the release date or the pricing of the product, but we will keep you updated.