Bumping up security, stability, and adding a few new features, Microsoft's Mac Team announced on their blog today that the first major update for Office for Mac 2011, dubbed Service Pack 1, will be available for download next Wednesday. The major new feature will enable syncing from Microsoft's Outlook to Apple's Sync Services.
Calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks will all be available for syncing to any Apple device, including iPads, iPhones, and iPods. One limitation to be aware of, according to the announcement on the Microsoft Mac Team blog:
"MobileMe will no longer sync with MacOS Sync Services as of May 5th (or now if you have already moved your account to the new version of MobileMe calendar). As a result, Outlook 2011 SP1 calendars that sync with Sync Services on the Mac, will NOT be synced with MobileMe calendars."
Basically, this means Mac users who have MobileMe will not be able to sync over the air. Instead, they will have to sync manually by plugging their device into their Mac.
A few other upgrades available in the Office for Mac 2011 SP1 update include:
"Outlook support for Exchange based server-side rules; Outlook Redirect button (you can redirect the message to the intended recipient and the replies will go to the original sender); Outlook Resend button; Outlook edit of existing messages; and Solver integration support in Excel."
Stay tuned to CNET for an official review of the Office for Mac 2011 SP1 update as well as any issues that may arise after it. Are you looking forward to the update? Do you use iWork instead? OpenOffice? Let me know in the comments!