Service packs are something that are often eagerly anticipated, and this is certainly the case for service packs for Microsoft products. Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 is a fairly major update to Microsoft's Mac office suite that not only fixes a number of bugs and enhances security, but also adds a range of new options and features to the various applications in the suite.
One of the biggest and most requested new features is to be found in Outlook - specifically the ability to sync calendars, notes, tasks and contacts with any service or device that supports Sync Services. Unfortunately this does not mean that Outlook can be synced with MobileMe as from May 5th 2011, Apple's online service cannot be used with Sync Services.
Outlook also benefits from the addition of support for server-side rules and better support for the redirecting and re-sending of emails. Across the Office suite, there have been huge improvements in performance, stability and reliability, but Excel also sees the addition of the Solver analysis tools.
A range of problems have been fixed in Word and PowerPoint, and other enhancements include an improved draft view, a refined version of find and replace, password protection of presentations, and much more. If you are using Office for Mac 2011, this is a must-install piece of software - it will iron out many of the irritations you may have been experiencing with the suite.
An essential collection of bug fixes and patches that also brings a number of important new features to Office for Mac.