Microsoft announced that mainstream support for Office 2008 Mac is ending on April 9th, this year. Thats just a few days away. This means that Microsoft will no longer be releasing any updates or security patches after that date. You can read Microsoft’s official support lifecycle page for Office 2008 for Mac here for more information.
If your organization is still using Office 2008 for Mac, the time to upgrade is now. Office 2011 for Mac is a significant improvement over the 2008 version. Here are some of the new features:
– Entourage has been fully replaced with Outlook, which will seem much more familiar to users comfortable with the Windows version of Outlook
– Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is supported
– Support for Office Web Apps and Windows Live SkyDrive
The mainstream support end date for Office 2011 for Mac is January 12, 2016, so this new version is going to be around for a while.
One important consideration for organizations is that Outlook 2011 requires Exchange Server 2007 or later, so it may be time to upgrade your Windows server software or move to the cloud and use Google Apps, which would be our recommendation regardless.
If you have questions about upgrading to Office 2011 for Mac or integrating Macs into your workplace environment, feel free to give us a call at your convenience.