updated 09:20 am EDT, Thu July 28, 2011
2004 suite no longer compatible
Office for Mac 2011 users will be gaining access to some of the enhancements of OS X Lion, says Microsoft's Pat Fox. Specifically the work suite will be getting support for Auto Save, Versions and fullscreen mode. Fox has few other details to offer; regarding the timing of an update, the Office team member explains that the wait will likely be "measured in months not days."
In the meantime, Microsoft has released an update to Communicator for Mac update that should solve some crashes in Lion. It should be available through Microsoft's AutoUpdate system. Alternately, people can fetch it through Download Center.
Fox additionally repeats that Office for Mac 2004 "will not (ever) work on Lion." The software was written for PowerPC systems, he notes. Because Lion no longer includes the Rosetta code needed for backward compatibility, Office users have no choice but to upgrade to 2011 if they also want to run Lion.