updated 09:10 am EDT, Mon June 3, 2002
Microsoft today announced the availability of Office v. X SR1 and MSN Messenger 3.0 for Mac, which brings performance improvements, updates, new features and fixes featured across the entire suite of business applications, including Word X, Excel X, PowerPoint X and Entourage X. Microsoft also said it will provide a component to enable synchronization between Palm operating system-based handheld devices and Entourage X as a free download starting July 15. [Office v.XSR1, MSNM 3.0]
The update includes better readability of on-screen text in all the Office v. X applications through Quartz text smoothing ("a new feature available for Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher") as well as the ability to import FileMaker data into Excel via ODBC.
MSN Messenger 3.0 for Mac offers improved communications and contact management as well as an updated interface. It offers the ability to transfer files to people in the user's Buddy List, organize contacts in groups, and resize toolbars and icons and improved emoticon support.