Office for Mac 2011 Administrator's Guide overview

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Applies to: Office for Mac 2011

Topic Last Modified: 2016-12-16

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 is a suite of desktop productivity applications that is designed to work specifically with the Mac operating system. The new version of Office for Mac provides collaboration features that allow Mac users to work on and share documents with anyone who uses Office for Mac or Office for Windows.

The new Office Web Apps, the online companion to Word 2011, Excel 2011, and PowerPoint 2011, help people stay connected and productive by giving them the ability to seamlessly view and edit information anywhere or anytime from a Mac, PC, or Web browser. Office for Mac 2011 also includes Communicator for Mac 2011 that surfaces presence information with contact cards and provides the ability to start voice, video, or IM conversations right from the Office for Mac applications. Office for Mac provides improved analysis capabilities that help people make better, smarter decisions. For example, with Pivot Tables for Excel 2011, people can spend less time sifting through large amounts of data and more time analyzing by quickly combining, comparing, and calculating data sets with millions of rows from multiple sources. Users can use the new security feature, Information Rights Managements (IRM), in all Office 2011 applications and improved password protection features in Word 2011 and Excel 2011 to share sensitive information with coworkers, customers, and business partners.

What's included in the volume licensing edition of Office for Mac 2011

  • Word 2011

  • Excel 2011

  • PowerPoint 2011

  • Outlook 2011

  • Communicator for Mac 2011Callout 1

  • Information Rights Management (IRM)Callout 2

  • Support for Windows SharePoint ServicesCallout 3

  • Office Web Apps LicenseCallout 4

  • Remote Desktop Connection

Callout 1Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 is required.

Callout 2Rights Management server running Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows 7 SP1 is required.

Callout 3Access to files stored on a SharePoint server requires connectivity to Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or later.

Callout 4Office Web Apps require SharePoint Foundation Server 2010.

Intended audience

The Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Administrator’s Guide is for system implementers, IT managers, system administrators, and others who are responsible for planning, implementing, and maintaining Office for Mac 2011 in their organizations.

Documentation roadmap

The following table describes the chapter content in the guide.


Chapter Description

Overview and Evaluation

Provides conceptual information to help decision makers evaluate and recommend information technology solutions to their organizations. It includes information about the new features in Office for Mac 2011 for the consumers, the system requirements for implementing Office for Mac 2011 in a production environment, and the licensing terms.

Planning for Outlook for Mac 2011

Provides detailed instructions about the various requirements for deploying Outlook 2011, such as default ports and digital certificates

Planning to Use Office for Mac 2011 with SharePoint

Describes how teams, especially those in a mixed environment of Windows-based and Mac computers, can stay connected and productive, and work collaboratively on documents with Office for Mac 2011 and SharePoint.

Deploying Office for Mac 2011

Describes how to install and deploy Office for Mac 2011 in a production environment.

Maintaining Office for Mac 2011

Provides information about how to back up the Outlook 2011 database and turn on logging in Outlook for troubleshooting purposes.

Security in Office for Mac 2011

Provides details about the enhanced security features in Office for Mac 2011 to help IT professionals efficiently mitigate security threats while maintaining information worker productivity.

Troubleshooting Office for Mac 2011

Provides information about potential issues and possible workarounds to resolve those issues.