Does anyone know what Outlook 2011 for Mac is using to render HTML emails?
Outlook:Mac uses WebKit to render HTML mails. We also use WebKit to create HTML mail. For those of you who didn’t like Entourage’s HTML mail, I think you’re going to find Outlook’s WebKit mail more to your liking.
Did they take the GUI formula builder called “Calculator” out of Excel? It was in Excel 98, X, 2004, 2008 and I don’t see it in 2011? In 2008 you would go to “customize toolbars & menus” click on the commands tab and then drag the calculator to your toolbar or menu of choice. The description Excel gave it was “Helps you create basic arithmetic calculations in Excel by offering a layout that is based on a ‘real’ hand-held calculator.”
I wasn’t sure of the history of that calculator, so I asked my colleague Schwieb. I got lucky: as it turns out, he’s the guy who wrote it originally. Schwieb said it was added to Excel:Mac in 2001 with the intent of gradually introducing people to formulas.
Now, ten years later, things have changed. For basic calculator functions, there’s the OS X built-in calculator. In Excel 2011, there is instead the Formula Builder (which you can see by going to the Formulas tab in Excel and then selecting the Formula Builder icon). The Formula Builder is much more powerful than the old calculator, and is a great way to learn more about all of the formulas that are in Excel. I’m pretty good in Excel, but I have to admit that I use the Formula Builder when I can’t recall a formula’s name or its arguments.
The Excel 2011 help has a lot of great information about formulas. Play around with the Formula Builder and see how it can help you learn more about how to use formulas, too!
Can Outlook 2011 manage server side rules on an Exchange server?
We didn’t get that into the initial release. We’re well aware that it’s something our users would like, so hopefully I’ll be able to share more news about it in the future.
In the interim, Mac users who are in an Exchange 2010 environment are able to create and edit server-side rules via Outlook Web Access (OWA). OWA 2010 has full support for Safari and Firefox. This is how I manage my extensive set of server-side rules today.
As I’m sure you can imagine, my team here in MacBU has been following the early reviews of Office:Mac 2011 quite closely. Whenever a new one gets posted, there’s a flurry of mail, not to mention Facebook and Twitter posts.
So far, my favourite line is from the PC Magazine review. Here’s the quote that totally makes my day:
I like Apple Mail, iCal, and the OS X Address Book, but Outlook is more powerful and flexible than those three separate apps, and it’s one of the most powerful and best-designed apps ever written for OS X.
Having worked so hard on the user experience for Outlook, seeing someone call it “one of the most … best-designed apps ever written for OS X” has me turning cartwheels in the halls.
More reviews are forthcoming. Mossberg hasn’t weighed in yet, and the full Macworld review hasn’t arrived either. My fingers (and toes!) are crossed that they’re as positive as the ones I’ve seen so far.
Yes! For those of you who are currently using Entourage, you’ll be able to import your existing Entourage data into Outlook:Mac 2011. We also support importing from Apple Mail, as well as importing PST files from Outlook for Windows.
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