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Microsoft Brings Outlook Back to Macs

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I need to be careful here...

Microsoft has built on the Nokia/Office Suite partnership yesterday with the announcement it will be bring back Outlook on the Mac. The software had been dumped more than 10 years ago and replaced by 'lite' alternative Entourage.

Now 'Outlook for Mac' is back and it will replace Entourage when it launches in 2010 (the extended arrival notice is no doubt to let snail-like corporates get their geriatric IT departments on board). It is built from the ground up using Apple's Cocoa and will be a fully blown version of Outlook to mirror Outlook 2010 on the PC.
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"It is an exciting time for the MacBU {Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit} with updates to our current products and the first public announcement about the next version of Office for Mac. For several years we have focused on providing the best Microsoft Exchange client for the Mac, and the Web Services Edition delivers that today for Entourage users," said Eric Wilfrid, general manager for the MacBU at Microsoft. "Outlook for Mac will bring features our customers have long requested - such as Rights Management - that make working across platforms even easier. I think people will see that this move to Outlook for Mac is more than just a name change."

Now the being careful bit. After seven years of using Outlook on a PC I eventually dropped it to try a Cloud based existence through Google Apps and I would be lying if I didn't admit the portability, speed, offline Google Gears access, OTA handset syncing and £0 RRP didn't make it the best technological decision I've possibly ever made a good choice. .PST and .mBox files may you never, ever re-enter my life.

Anyway, horses for courses, so back to Microsoft Office and a reminder that Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition and Home and Student Edition retail for £439.99 and £119.99 respectively. Yes it's a lot of money, but at least a new edition of Entourage - the Web Services Edition - is now available with support for the latest version of Exchange Server. Makes it all worth it.

Links:
Entourage Web Services Edition
Office 2008 for Mac

PS I do love Microsoft Word!

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