Office for Mac 2011 reaches RTM stage

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Mac users who prefer Microsoft Office than iWork will certainly rejoice on this news. The latest version, Office for Mac 2011, has reached Release to Manufacturing or RTM stage, meaning that the entire development for the office suite is now complete.

The suite, which is not as vast as the one on Windows, will feature the usual Word, Excel and PowerPoint. However, it will ditch Entourage in favour for Microsoft Outlook, its premier email client, and will have the same functions and features as the one on Windows. It will also feature the new ribbon interface that has been present since Office 2007 for Windows and Windows 7.

Among the changes include connections to Office Web Apps, SharePoint and Windows Live SkyDrive; and brought back Visual Basic so you can create macros.

“It takes every single person on the team to make this happen, and I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank everyone on the MacBU product team for their commitment to excellence and going above and beyond to get to done on Office 2011,” Geoff Price, the Product Unit Manager for the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post.

“I’d also like to thank our many partners around the world including MVPs, beta testers and our friends at Apple. Finally, a very sincere special thanks to all of our families and friends for their support during this final push to shipping.”

Meanwhile, Amazon has leaked the release date of the office suite – with the expected release date to be October 26. The prices for the two editions – Home and Student; and Home and Business – have not been revealed, but each will come in one-licence and many-licence varieties.

As with the Windows version, upgrade pricing has been axed.

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