updated 04:00 pm EST, Thu January 11, 2007
MS Office 2008 for Mac
Screenshots have surfaced of Microsoft's recently-announced Mac Office 2008, which the company says is due to ship in the second half of 2007. The updated Office suite will run natively on Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary and share a new graphics engine with Office for Windows, according to the company. Office Art 2.0 will enable users to add professionally designed graphics with one click, and the new release will feature a new user interface with an Elements Gallery that focuses on discoverability as it provides fast access to tools and Mac-specific features within applications. Mac Office 2008 will also include 'Document Parts,' a tool that comes as part of the Elements Gallery enabling users to simplify as well as automate some of the most common document tasks. Mac Office 2008 is to include various Mac-only features, such as a publishing layout view to support layout-rich documents like newsletters. A 'My Day' feature will enable users to track priorities while staying on top of daily activities, and the new Office revision utilizes Open XML formats approved by Ecma International as an international standard.