Microsoft has just announced that the new version of Office for Mac , called Office 2008 , should be released in the second half of 2007, although there is no exact release date.
Among the new features that the new Microsoft office suite will incorporate, the following should be highlighted:
- A new graphics engine, shared with Office for Windows.
- Office Art 2.0, which allows you to insert graphic content easily.
- Elements Gallery, a feature that allows users quick access to Mac-specific tools and functions within applications.
- Document Parts, which simplifies and automates some of the document tasks, such as adding tables or headers and footers.
- Publishing Layout View, which allows you to create documents with a default layout (similar to Pages).
- Ledger Sheets, which allows the use of Excel for frequent financial tasks.
- My Day, allows users to set priorities and control daily activities in any of the Office applications.
- Office 2008 for Mac will be universal binary.
With respect to support for new file formats, Office 2008 will use the Open XML format . In spring this year Microsoft will release a public beta of the Office 2004 for Mac format converters , so we can open and save our work in Open XML . Two months after the release of Office 2008 for Mac , the final versions of the converters will be released.