Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and it has Outlook

[tweetmeme source=”franscomputerservices” only_single=false]PCMag has a great review of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011:

PROS: Fast, flexible office application suite. Most powerful Mac office software. Highly compatible with Office for Windows. Well-integrated with OS X. Visual Basic for Applications recorded and programmed macros fully supported. Newly-designed Outlook replaces Entourage as mail/calendar/contact app.

CONS: No calendar synching with iCal. Outlook won’t synch with or retrieve mail from Exchange Server 2003 or earlier.

BOTTOM LINE: Office for the Mac roars back with fast, powerful application suite the best of its kind for the OS X platform.

Outlook returns to make moving between Windows and Mac easier for email.

However, it might still be dicey for those moving from Entourage to Outlook on the Mac, unless Microsoft has, for once, thought through the upgrade from Entourage to Outlook — unlike they did when they moved from Outlook to Entourage on the Mac years ago.

For those who have made the move from Outlook Express on Windows XP to Outlook on Windows 7 — you will remember that Microsoft did away with Outlook Express in favor of Windows Live Mail. So there was no straight path to Outlook if you prefer to move to Outlook instead of the cra… Windows Live Mail (unless you moved to Windows 7 before your Windows XP computer died). It is a three step process: copy the entire Identity folder from Application Data, and export the .wab addressbook to an external hard drive…

Or if your computer is still working properly, without any suspected malware or corruption, so you don’t bring any oddities or unwelcome visitors with you from your Windows XP, you may be able to use “Files and Settings Transfer Wizard” to get to Windows Live Mail when you go from Windows XP with Outlook Express.

But then you must still export from Windows Live Mail to Exchange (which really means Outlook OR Exchange) after you have added an email address to your new Outlook account.

Then you have to import the .wab file into Windows Live Mail, and export it as a .csv file to import into Contacts in Outlook.

Works great, but it can take some time if you have a lot of folders in your Outlook Express, but at least it can be done. Much harder than moving from Outlook to Outlook on a new Windows 7 computer, or even a Mac now, where you take your backup of your .pst file and import it into Outlook after creating an email account.

Anyway, the reason I mention the difficulties with moving from Outlook Express to Apple Mail or Outlook (or Entourage — now that’s a real nightmare), is that for some reason, Microsoft has seemed to always leave people with no clear, easy way when moving from one of their own email clients, to another of even their own email client on the Mac (at that time Entourage). So moving from Outlook on Windows to Outlook on the Mac will be a breeze, by comparison, as long as you get Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 with your new Mac.

Some clients have been waiting to move to the Mac until Microsoft came out with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 for this very reason.

So if you are looking at moving to a Mac, and you use Outlook on Windows XP, now might be a good time to do that. If you are on Windows XP using Outlook, and moving to Windows 7, again, this is a good time to go that route too.

If you are using Outlook Express on Windows XP, now would be a good time to start thinking of moving to Outlook to make your move to Windows 7 or a Mac easier.

UPDATE: Mr. Anderson has installed Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and has a huge 4GB Entourage database that was successfully imported to the new Outlook in the package.

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