Microsoft Office 2011 Looks Promising for Mac Users

Computer Microsoft is releasing Office 2011 for Mac users on October 26, 2010.  If you already have purchased Office 2008 in the last couple of months, you get a free upgrade to 2011.  The office suite looks very promising.  Among other improvements to the suite, Office 2011 is including Outlook for Mac.  Up until now, they have offered Entourage, which is an ostensible version of Outlook with considerably less features and a less polished user interface.  With Outlook, calendar integration, task integration, and collaboration ought to be quite a bit easier.  As to the new version of Word, one can expect to see the “ribbon” user interface that is present in the PC version of the suite.  According to MS, Office for Mac 2011 gives you an enhanced user experience overall, as performance and launch times have been improved in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Your documents feel “lighter,” since they load fast, and respond quickly to your commands. And searching text within documents has never been faster.” Overall, this sounds like a worthy update to a program that needs to come up to speed for Mac users, especially those of us in the law. Try finding a usable pleading template for Mac Office 2008 some time !!!

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Apple Software Ideas & Demos

If you are interested in the different software offerings that come with converting to Mac, here is Apple’s software download page.  Many of the downloads are free or trial editions that will give you a good idea of what is offered.  There are productivity suites, games, accounting tools, system tools, and a variety of other programs available.  This is a good place to start looking if you have already purchased your Mac or you are thinking about purchasing one.  This link is also available under the apple icon in the upper left hand of your Mac or Mini-Mac screen.

Apple – Mac Solutions for Legal Professionals

Apple’s Page for Lawyers

Link to Apple’s site for software and information for legal professionals.  Generic, but helpful.  This site contains some information on software and office integration.  Worth checking out for a basic overview of how a Mac, Ipod, or Ipad might fit into your practice.

Law Office Software for The Macintosh

Law Office Software for The Macintosh /Attorney using Macintosh Legal Software.

This site has a good listing of much of the software that an attorney might be interested in using. Topics include law office management, estate planning, billing, family law, patent law and other substantive areas.  A newsletter subscription is available to viewers along with an “Attorney’s Toolbox” page with information concerning online legal research sites and other valuable information.  Great site for a wide array of legal software, discovery hints, trial preparation and online research options.

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