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The Home and Business version is an upgrade from the Microsoft Office 2011 Home and Student version. Aside from the basic Microsoft Office Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, and the Messenger for Mac, this pack also includes the Outlook for Mac.
The Microsoft Word for the Office 2011 Home and Business pack features the Publishing Layout view. It is a combination of the basic Microsoft Word features and a newer and much-improved desktop publishing environment. The Publishing Layout allows you to have a customized workspace which is designed to simplify the complex layouts. With the Publishing Layout, the layouts are now easier to drag and drop.
The Visual Styles is also a newer feature of the Microsoft Word of the Office 2011 Home and Business pack. The styles can help you save time while making documents look professional with its consistent formatting which is also easy to apply. It has color coded and numbered style guides which can clearly show you where certain a paragraph style was applied. The direct formatting guides also instantly highlight the text that does not follow the Word style in use.
The Full-Screen View feature gives you the ability to focus on a certain document and nothing else. You can select the exact tools that you need to easily customize your workspace with various background options and different page turning effects when you are in reading mode.
Microsoft Excel has improved Excel tables for the Office 2011 Home and Business pack. It includes Pivot Table which can produce intuitive tools which are easy to use and streamlined and flawless cross-platform compatibility for much-improved data management.
The new Sparklines feature of Excel 2011 creates a visual comparison when dealing with numerous pieces of data. This is done with tiny charts that are located in a single worksheet cell and right beside the data.
The conditional formatting also changes the cell content formats based on the specific criteria you set. This adds rich visuals to your worksheet which can create more meaningful results without having to spend as much time in manually pointing to key points in your data.
The new feature of the Microsoft PowerPoint 2011 is the Broadcast Slideshow which allows you to make the live show without having to leave your desk. This makes broadcasting your slideshow even to remote audiences much easier.
It also features an Embed and Format Movies feature which customizes your movie experience in the PowerPoint 2011 program itself. It creates better audio and video controls without the need to manage and add more files.
The Slide Transition and Animations feature for the PowerPoint 2011 can bring slides to life with its improved animations and transitions. There are also added 3D effects and more motion paths.
The Presenter View of the PowerPoint 2011 is also improved with new features such as multiple panels which show you what is up next and notes so you can easily be in control of your slide presentation.
What makes the Home and Business pack of the Microsoft Office 2011 different and improved from others is the Microsoft Outlook attached to it. This replaces any mail app in a system.
The Microsoft Outlook has a Conversations feature which keeps an easier tracking of your email discussions by grouping the related emails and turning it into a single line item. The unified folders also keep emails from multiple accounts in just one folder along with all the sent files.
It also includes an Import Outlook for Windows features where you can import your Windows files based in .pst. The Outlook 2011 also features Calendar Preview, Dynamic Reordering, and Picture Editing which make it easier to share media-rich kind of documents.
The following are the minimum hardware and software requirements for Microsoft Office 2011 Home and Business pack.
Additional items or services that might be required to access some of the features:
Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac
Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac