European Apple users will be able to get their hands on Microsoft Office 2001 for the Mac in the fourth quarter of this year, the Redmond giant confirmed.
The productivity suite, which is targeted at Apple's core small and home office market, will feature Entourage, a new component that manages email and personal information. Other applications include Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
Entourage features a 'flag for follow-up' function that allows users to flag documents they are working on in Office and set automated reminders to return to them.
Irving Kwong, product manager of Microsoft's Macintosh business unit, said: "Mac users will be able to organise their lives, schedules, tasks - everything they do - with this one integrated suite of applications."
Entourage also supports Palm OS devices so users can access applications such as calendars, address books, categories, tasks and notes.
Office 2001 also uses the same file format as Office 2000 for Windows so users can share files created for Office 98 Macintosh Edition and Office 97 for Windows.
The 'save as dialog' feature now includes an option that automatically adds the appropriate three-letter extensions to file names. There is also enhanced support for Mac-only technologies, such as Navigation services and Apple QuickTime transitions for Powerpoint presentations.
"With Office 2001, we're introducing a number of Mac-first, Mac-only innovations that are designed to make it easier for Mac users to start and complete projects," said Kwong.
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