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Microsoft's 2010 version of Office for Mac to replace Entourage with 'Outlook for Mac'
Microsoft recently announced that the company will be releasing Office 2010 for Mac (the replacement for the current Office 2008 for Mac) in time for the 2010 Holiday season. New to the suite will be 'Outlook for Mac', a version of Microsoft's Outlook program that is available on Windows. Outlook for Mac will replace Entourage, the current email application in the Office for Mac suite of applications.
"Office for Mac which will launch in time for the 2010 Holiday season. This next version includes a new application- Outlook for Mac. Outlook for Mac is being built from the ground up as a Mac OS X application using Cocoa. It will have a new database that delivers a reliable, high performance, and integrated experience with Mac OS X. Users will be able to back-up with Time Machine and search email, calendar and contacts with Spotlight. Additionally, Outlook for Mac and the rest of Office will include Information Rights Management, which helps keep sensitive information for only audiences that you intend. IRM compatibility will make it possible for Mac users to share and receive sensitive information using Microsoft Office tools."For the current version of the Office for Mac suite, Microsoft has announced a realignment (to take place on September 15, 2009) of the the 2008 suite that reduces the number of versions from three to two. 'Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition' will replace the current 'Office 2008 for Mac' and 'Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition'. The soon to be released business version will include Entourage Web Services Edition and Microsoft Document Connection for Mac.
The student version 'Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition will remain in the 2008 lineup.
The new Business Edition will have a $399 suggested retail price (the same as the current Standard Edition 'Office 2008 for Mac') for the full version and a $239 upgrade version.
You can read the press release detailing the 2010 version here.