Joining Microsoft Messenger is a new business counterpart in Office 2011 for Mac, Microsoft Communicator. Both products offer similar features and interfaces, but each is designed for a different market:
Microsoft Messenger: Uses your Windows Live ID (such as your Hotmail e-mail address) to communicate with contacts using public servers. Requires a Windows Live account to sign in.
Microsoft Communicator: Designed to use fully updated Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 or later to communicate within a closed business environment. The corporate contact list has been moved from Messenger to Communicator. Communicator supports Microsoft Exchange Global Address List (GAL).
Both Messenger and Communicator offer a variety of ways to communicate, collaborate, and share work. Logging in to either product involves a simple username and password sign-on.
Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011 Microsoft Messenger for Mac 2011 As part of Office 2011, Microsoft has released new versions of its home and corporate instant messaging (IM) applications. Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync and Office Communicator) is enterprise instant messaging software developed by Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Office suite. It is designed for use with the on-premises Skype for Business Server software, and a software as a service version offered as part of Office 365.It supports text, audio, and video chat, and integrates with Microsoft Office. When using the Communicator for Mac 2011 client with Enterprise Voice, there appears to be a bug with the graphical user interface. Once you enable a user for Enterprise Voice in OCS 2007 R2 or Lync, the calling icon in the Communicator for Mac 2011 client should.
Managing contacts in Microsoft Messenger and Communicator
The Contact List displays when you open Messenger or Communicator. Starting at the top, you have access to a lot of tools:
Add: Displays the Add a Contact dialog.
Send: Click the Send button and then choose a contact from the pop-up menu to open a text instant message conversation window.
Call: This feature requires speakers and microphones on both ends of the call. Communicator supports PC to phone dialing.
Video: This feature requires video camera, speaker, and microphones on both ends of the call.
Send File: Click and then choose a contact from the pop-up menu. You see a file Open sheet, which you can use to choose a file or photo to send to the selected contact.
Page: Click and then choose a contact from the pop-up menu. If you haven’t set up your mobile message preferences, the Preferences dialog opens. Normally, Page displays the Page message input window. Type a text message to be sent to your contact’s cellphone or mobile device.
Mail: Opens your Web browser to view your mail account. Displays how many unread messages you have in your inbox.
Indicating Presence in Messenger and Communicator
The Presence Indicator is a new feature of Office 2011. It has these buttons across the bottom:
Send Mail: Opens a new browser window to a new, blank, pre-addressed e-mail message window.
Send Instant Message: Opens a conversation window and requests the contact to engage in a text chat session.
Voice Call: Sends a request to establish a voice call. This feature requires speakers and microphones on both ends of the call. Communicator supports PC to Phone dialing.
Video Call: Sends a request to establish a video call. This feature requires video camera, speaker, and microphones on both ends of the call.
Schedule Meeting: Opens a new Meeting dialog in Outlook.
Open Outlook Contact: Opens the Contact in Outlook.
Add to Contact List: Adds this person to your Messenger or Communicator Contacts List.
Phone Number: In Communicator, click to initiate a telephone call.
Instant messaging with Office 2011
When you choose to send an instant message, the Message Conversation dialog opens. The dialog lets you chat using text. You can also use the following features in the Message Conversation dialog:
Communicator for Mac 2011 More. Office 2011 for Mac support has ended. Upgrade to Microsoft 365 to work anywhere from any device and continue to receive support. Emoticons are graphic images that you can use to express emotions in an instant message conversation.
Save: Saves the dialog of your chat. Messenger only.
History: Displays the Conversation History window. Messenger only.
Open Drawer: Opens the side drawer and displays Contact pictures.
Presence Indicator: Click to display the contact’s Presence Indicator.
Close Drawer: Closes the side drawer.
Input area: Type your message or drag a file into this section.
Font: Click to change characteristics of the font you send.
Reviewing conversation history in Messenger and Communicator
Communicator For Office For Mac 2011 Version
When you click the History button or press Command-O in Messenger, the Conversation History dialog appears. You get the following options:
Save as Web Page: Saves the selected conversation in HTML that can be opened in a Web browser.
Print: Prints the conversation.
Delete: Deletes selected conversation.
Search: Find conversations using keyboards.
Show/Hide toolbar: Click this little button when your toolbar disappears and you want it back.
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 applications shown on Mac OS X Snow Leopard
|Initial release||October 26, 2010; 10 years ago|
|Operating system||Mac OS X 10.5.8 to macOS 10.14.6|
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 is a version of the Microsoft Officeproductivity suite for Mac OS X. It is the successor to Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac and is comparable to Office 2010 for Windows. Office 2011 was followed by Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac released on September 22, 2015, requiring a Mac with an x64 Intel processor and OS X Yosemite or later. Office for Mac 2011 is no longer supported as of October 10, 2017.
Microsoft Office 2011 includes more robust enterprise support and greater feature parity with the Windows edition. Its interface is now more similar to Office 2007 and 2010 for Windows, with the addition of the ribbon. Support for Visual Basic for Applications macros has returned after having been dropped in Office 2008. Purchasing the Home Premium version of Office for Mac will not allow telephone support automatically to query any problems with the VBA interface. There are however, apparently, according to Microsoft Helpdesk, some third party applications that can address problems with the VBA interface with Office for Mac. In addition, Office 2011 supports online collaboration tools such as OneDrive and Office Web Apps, allowing Mac and Windows users to simultaneously edit documents over the web. It also includes limited support for Apple's high-density Retina Displays, allowing the display of sharp text and images, although most icons within applications themselves are not optimized for this.
A new version of Microsoft Outlook, written using Mac OS X's Cocoa API, returns to the Mac for the first time since 2001 and has full support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. It replaces Entourage, which was included in Office 2001, X, 2004 and 2008 for Mac.
Communicator For Office For Mac 2011 Home And Business
Office for Mac 2011 has a number of limitations compared to Office 2010 for Windows. It does not support ActiveX controls, or OpenDocument Format. It also cannot handle attachments in Rich Text Format e-mail messages sent from Outlook for Windows, which are delivered as winmail.dat attachments. It also has several human language limitations, such as lack of support for right-to-left languages such as Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew  and automatic language detection. 
Microsoft does not support CalDAV and CardDAV in Outlook, so there is no way to sync directly Outlook through iCloud. Outlook also does not allow the user to disable Cached Exchange Mode, unlike the Windows version, and it is therefore not possible to connect to an Exchange Server without downloading a local cache of mail and calendar data. 
Additionally, Office for Mac 2011 also has a shorter lifecycle than Office 2010. Support for Office for Mac 2011 was originally slated to end on January 12, 2016, but because Office for Mac 2016 did not come out until July 2015, Microsoft extended support until October 10, 2017.  As 32-bit software, it will not run on macOS High Sierra or later versions of macOS.
Two editions are available to the general public. Home & Student provides Word, Excel and PowerPoint, while Home & Business adds Outlook and increased support.Microsoft Messenger 8 is included with both editions, and Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, which communicates with Microsoft Lync Server, is available only to volume licensing customers. Office 2011 requires an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.
|Applications and services||Home & Student||Home & Business||Academic||Standard|
|Communicator or Lync||Not included||Not included||Included||Included|
|Office Web Apps||Included||Included||Included||Included|
|Remote Desktop Connection||Not included||Included||Included||Included|
|Information Rights Management||Included||Included||Included||Included|
|Windows SharePoint Services Support||Not included||Included||Included||Included|
|Technical support||90 days||1 year||90 days||?|
The Home & Student edition is available in a single license for one computer and a family pack for three computers. The Home & Business edition is available in a single license for one computer and a multi-pack for two computers. The Standard edition is only available through Volume Licensing. The Academic edition was created for higher education students, staff and faculty, and includes one installation. Office for Mac is also available as part of Microsoft's Office 365 subscription programme.
Microsoft announced Office 2011 in 2009. There were 6 beta versions released:
- Beta 1
- Beta 2 (Version 14.0.0, Build 100326)
- Beta 3 (Build 100519)—announced on May 25, 2010
- Beta 4 (Build 100526)
- Beta 5 (Build 100709)
- Beta 6 (Build 100802)
Access to beta versions was by invitation only, although leaked copies were circulated among Mac file sharing websites.
The final version was released to manufacturing on September 10, 2010, was available to volume license customers a day later, and made available to the general public on October 26, 2010. Service Pack 1 was released on April 12, 2011.
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