Microsoft updates Office for Mac 2011 to include Office 365 activation

Microsoft updates Office for Mac 2011 to include Office 365 activation

Summary: A new minor update for Office 2011 for Mac adds activation support for use as part of Microsoft's newest Office 365 subscription services.


Microsoft made available this week an update to its Office for Mac 2011 product which includes some fixes, plus activation support so that it can be installed as part of Microsoft's newest Office 365 subscription offerings.


Those who want to use Office for Mac 2011 as one of their 5 installs in Office 365 Home Premium or one of their 2 installs in Office 365 Univeristy can grab this update, which is designated as 14.3. It requires Mac OS X version 10.5.8 or later.

And just because I know many Office Mac users are curious, there's still no word on when Microsoft plans to make the next version of Office for Mac available -- or what will be included, feature-wise.

“The new Office for Mac typically ships 12 months after the new Office for Windows, and subscribers will automatically get the new app when available," a Microsoft spokesperson said when I asked.

In addition to adding activation for Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 University, the 14.3 update fixes the following issues:

  • Meeting invitation times are displayed inaccurately in Outlook for Mac
  • Slides in collapsed sections cover other slides in Slide Sorter view in PowerPoint for Mac
  • Hash tags (#) in hyperlinks aren't saved correctly in PowerPoint for Mac
  • Crash occurs when you use Paste Special with a partial table in PowerPoint for Mac
  • RTF text that's saved in PowerPoint for Windows can't be pasted into PowerPoint for Mac

Paul Thurrott has more about the Office for Mac experience that's part of Office 365 Home Premium.

Topics: Collaboration, Apple, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • I think Mr. Ballmer has resumed the MS-Apple Cold War, Mary Jo

    I don't expect Apple users will receive "software parity" with their Window's counterparts for awhile.

    IMO, MS Office Parity between Windows and OS X users WAS achieved and remained in effect since MS released Office 2008 for the Mac.

    However, with Mr. Ballmer's recent ARM based Office Suite remarks directed towards iOS users and now with the release of Win 8 centric Office 2013, Apple's version of Office 2013 might not arrive for until late 2014.

    The cold war has resumed. I wonder why?
    • Actually

      If you paid attention to the recent year versions (Office 2007 for Windows/ Office 2008 for Mac, Office 2010 for Windows/Office 2011 for Mac, Office 2013 for Windows), you'd see that it is normal for them to release the Mac version a year later.

      As for "feature parity", I assume you're forgetting the lack of OneNote. That isn't even pointing out how lacking the Outlook version of 2011 is in comparison to 2010. I suppose everything else is alright, but those are two examples for how Microsoft has proven which customers mean more to them.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • I was thinking more along the lines of file and feature parity, Michael

        Prior to the release of MS Office 2008 for the OS X platform, files created by the big three of the Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) from a WinTel machine stood a slim chance of being imported correctly on any OS X based Office Suite Platform. In fact, it was a well known fact that the OS X Excel software was a feature subset of it's WinTel counterpart.

        With the release of Office 2007 and Office 2008 for the Wintel and OS X platforms, respectively, those feature sets and file discrepancies were successfully addressed except for minor issues which could be addressed by work-arounds.

        Of course, some applications remained either absent or substituted between those two platforms, as you pointed out Mike. (OneNote absent from the Mac platform while Exchange was substituted for it's Outlook counterpart.)

        I actually thought that Office 2010 and Office 2011 were released to their respective platforms around the same time - it was just the naming that was slightly misleading.

        I consulted Wikipedia for the following info.

        The WinTel version (Office 2010) was available to the general public on June 15, 2010
        The OS X version (Office 2011) was available to the general public on October 26, 2010.
        • Huh, what do ya know

          It was only released 2 months afterward.

          My bad.
          Michael Alan Goff
      • Don't forget...

        The best feature of Office 2011 for the Mac was the way it corrupted your Address Book, destroying it beyond recoverability.

        Hopefullly you synced with an iPhone. Otherwise, you're SCREWED.
        Oscar Goldman
        • Goo reason to have backups.

          regardless of what OS you use, always make regular backups. This way when software goes Wonkey, you can recover from th software makers incompetence.
          Troll Hunter J
  • Makes no sense at all

    Why pay a subscription fee for something you already paid a license fee for? Sounds like Microsoft is trying to screw over te end users again.
    Troll Hunter J
    • Correction

      These are 2 seperate options:
      1) buy a license for a flat rate ($399 for all applications and comparison purposes) with software that DOESN'T update to a newer version (when released) and activation on ONLY 1 PC

      2) pay a subscription ($99 for 1 year or $79 for 4 years if you're a student) with software the is ALWAYS the newest (when released) and activation on up to 5 PC/Macs (for the $99/1 year subscription) or 2 PC/Macs (for the $79/4 year subscription) AS WELL AS access to the mobile apps on WP*

      Now that you see the specs lined up I hope it is easier to understand that it does make sense, and a lot of sense at that.
      Nicholas Citarella
  • Outlook for Mac

    I hope soon they fix it so one can use hotmail/ mail in OL for Mac.
  • A big improvement

    From the moment I installed Word for Mac I experienced many problems. These included requiring enforced closing down of Word, slowing down the entire computer operation and sudden discontinuation of Word causing losses of material.

    Last week I took advantage of the five computer installation package from Microsoft. The impact on my computer and on Word has been extraordinary.
  • Issued with office for mac?

    I have always had a simple solution to this problem ( and there have been a number of them) I own a windows computer! Problems solved! Oh and i get all the programs ( w/pro) and it works great (versions,2003,2007,2010) And as for any issues between MS/Apple they will always be there and the problems go BOTH WAYS.