Mac Office 2008 adds Excel templates, supports Exchange

Microsoft unveils new features in the next Office for Mac, set for January release

Microsoft is revealing more details about new features in its Office for Mac 2008 suite, due for a release early next year.

Excel 2008 for Mac will offer worksheet templates with baked-in calculations designed to make it easier to balance household finances, manage inventory and other common tasks. The new Ledger Sheets features will include a gallery of elements, shifting formulas to the background.

In addition, the Entourage e-mail client will offer more support for Microsoft Exchange, which traditionally has enabled non-Mac PC users to make appointments and share notes and files with each other.

Each version of Office for Mac will cost about a dollar more than the 2004 editions. The $149 package will lack Exchange capabilities, while $399 buys the works: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Exchange-ready Entourage.

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