Convert old Word (.doc) files to standard (.docx) files

Mac MVP James Gordon has posted directions on how to convert old Word (.doc) files to (.docx) files using an Automator workflow.

What does this converter do?

You choose one (.doc) file, several (.doc) files, or an entire folder filled with (.doc) files and the converter will save a copy of each Word file in standard open XML file format, better known as the “new” (actually more than 5 years old now) Word (.docx) format. . . .

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Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.0.2 Update available

Microsoft released the second updater for Office 2011 today. The updater is available for direct download or via Microsoft AutoUpdate. The updater installs on 14.0 and 14.0.1. There have been no reports of issues installing, but it’s still early. Add your comments below to report your experiences installing and if you also see any improvements.

Stability is improved.

This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook to crash or close unexpectedly sometimes when . . .

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Microsoft releases Office 2011 for Mac 14.0.1 Update

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac 14.0.1 Update. (110.5 MB)

According to the update’s description this update addresses a critical issues in Office 2011 that may cause applications to stop responding or quit unexpectedly. It also addresses security issues that would allow an attacker to run malicious code on the computer.

All applications

Forms-based authentication for SharePoint servers No longer locks images when copying back and forth with ChemDraw, a molecule editor . . .

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Entourage coexists with Office 2011 Home & Student

Now that an email client is not included in the Home & Student version of Office 2011, users are asking ‘can I continue to use Entourage’? The answer is yes! See Microsoft KB: 2394241 for full details. You cannot find Entourage 2008 after installing Office for Mac 2011

If you decide at a later time that you want to upgrade Office 2011 Home & Student to include Outlook, you will be able to upgrade to . . .

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Office 2011 DVDs purchased from Best Buy fail on older computers

It seems that the Office 2011 DVDs purchased from Best Buy cannot be used on older computers that do not have a “superdrive”. You need a drive that can read double layered DVDs.

One user reported he returned it to the store and they attached a “superdrive” unit via USB port and Office 2011 was able to be installed. I suggest making a disk image in case you need to re-install in the future.

Academic version available for Office 2011

Microsoft will offer an academic edition for Office 2011. The Academic edition of Office 2011 is available only to higher education students and contains one activation. It is equivalent to the Home & Business edition (contains Outlook with Exchange support) but is not available to the general public. Students must purchase their copy through qualified educational channels.

Microsoft Office 2011 will offer these editions:

Academic Edition full packaged product (FPP) can be acquired from . . .

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Office 2011 will install on new 11.6 inch Macbook Air

The new 11.6 inch Macbook Air has a 1366 X 768 resolution and the minimum system requirements for Office 2011 requires a 1200 X 800 resolution screen.

Office 2011 will install. Apple stores have it installed if you want to check it out. Be aware that the overall Mac Office ‘experience’ could be different on the lower resolution.

One user reported:

Excel opens a window that goes below the screen. Click the “+” button then . . .

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Purchase Office 2011 or download the trial Tuesday 26 Oct

You will be able to purchase or download Office for Mac 2011 from Microsoft starting Tuesday, 26 Oct. Office for Mac 2011 will be available in stores in the US, Canada, Japan and several other countries this coming Tuesday, 26 Oct. Remaining countries to follow shortly. It will also ship from Amazon on that date if you have pre-ordered.

Update: Sorry for the confusion. You will be able to download and purchase Office 2011, but . . .

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Install Office 2011

Tips for a successful install Be sure to read Steps for a successful install of Office 2011 before installing. To see a list of everything that gets installed see Installed files list for Office 2011 Check your fonts after installing. See Font Management Do you meet the requirements? See list of requirements Outlook for Mac requires Exchange server 2007 or higher. If you are still using Exchange 2003, you will need to continue to use . . .

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MSDN and TechNet to offer Office for Mac 2011

Our sources at Microsoft have confirmed that Office for Mac 2011 will be available as a download for Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet subscribers. This will be the first time Office for Mac has been offered by either of these services.

MSDN and TechNet are two subscription-based services from Microsoft, similar to the Apple Developer program. MSDN provides resources for developers using Microsoft products and TechNet provides resources for Information Technology (IT) specialists supporting . . .

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