Friday, August 14, 2009

Microsoft releasing Outlook for Mac goodbye to Entourage

With the Microsoft's announcement of releasing Outlook for Mac, Mac users will get to enjoy a version of Outlook finally. Microsoft will replace Entourage available in Office 2008 to Outlook for Mac in 2010.

The interim version of Entourage will be included in the newly announced Business Edition of Office 08, which will be available for pre-order starting August 18th and will launch on September 15th. Pricing will run $399.95 for a new copy of Business Edition, $239.95 for a Business Edition upgrade. Few of the features included in the new Outlook includes ;

i)    Cocoa: Built from the ground up using Cocoa providing users with improved integration with the Mac OS.

ii)    New database: A high-speed file-based database with support for backing up files with Time Machine and Spotlight searching.

iii)    Information Rights Management: Helps prevent sensitive information from being distributed to or read by people who do not have permission to access the content.

The release comes as part of a new business edition of Mac Office designed to provide Mac users with better connection to Microsoft Exchange Server and improved compatibility across platforms. Microsoft’s Mac unit is also building the Outlook software from the ground up to ensure compatibility with Mac’s backup and hard-drive search features.