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Microsoft on Wednesday updated its Office for Mac 2011 productivity suite to add Retina display support for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

The update makes text more crisp and all key ares of the interface sharper than ever, Microsoft said in a post to its official Office for Mac blog. Users who have Microsoft AutoUpdate set to check for updates automatically will be notified that Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac version 14.2.4 is now available.

Microsoft promised on Wednesday that its team is "going back to work on even more great features" for Office for Mac. The product team welcomes comments and suggestions on its official blog. Office for Mac 2011 first launched in October of 2011.

Apple currently offers one Mac in its lineup with a high-resolution Retina display: a 15-inch MacBook Pro. The company is expected to launch a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display this fall to expand the Retina lineup to two Macs.
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As far as I can tell, retina support isn't implemented to a significant degree. In particular, text still has jaggies. Of lesser importance, gallery images are still lo-res/blurry.
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Agree with cpsro ... I don't see the Retina support taking effect after installing the update.
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Originally Posted by GadgetCanada View Post
I can't believe MS Office has beaten Filemaker Pro to Retina. Seriously Filemaker, you need to get your Sh*t together and get Filemaker retinized

 

You should really just be calling Apple out on that.

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Keeps telling me that I'm current at 14.2.3
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For me this is almost bigger news, than 10.8.2. Although I have been using the workaround of adding the string, which at least made the text clean. 

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Agree with cpsro ... I don't see the Retina support taking effect after installing the update.

Restarting OSX cold enabled it for me. 

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Take the same document and put it in Word and Pages at 200% side by side. If Word has been updated for retina displays, I'm a monkey's uncle.
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Originally Posted by GadgetCanada View Post

I can't believe MS Office has beaten Filemaker Pro to Retina. Seriously Filemaker, you need to get your Sh*t together and get Filemaker retinized

I wish Apple would reabsorb File Maker Inc. and improve the products, fully integrate them and then fix the pricing.
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Take the same document and put it in Word and Pages at 200% side by side. If Word has been updated for retina displays, I'm a monkey's uncle.

Come on, it's Microsofts 'version' of retina display. This is the same company that is making Windows 8 look like an 8 bit 1980's interface what do you expect? /wink

OMG is that why it's called Windows 8?
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Retina, shmetina for now - the bigger news is that Office for Mac users are ALSO gonna be pushed into the annual rental fee model ("the Microsoft Tax") of use that Win users are learning is their future. A limited single-user "traditional" version (installable on a single machine... ...ONCE....) will still be available, but where they're pushing us hard is into....

$99.99 a year, dear ones...

So get ready to bend over and pony up - flexibly but inexorably....

(Flexibly: your "annual" license covers multi Win and Mac 'puters, extra program access - to programs most of us don't use like, well, Access - free storage on Sky Drive - which I've found a bitch to use - and free Skype minutes - which I for one don't need)

(Inexorably: if they pull this off with no real user blowback, this will likely be your last chance to buy a stand alone version of Office - a "suite" I buy solely to be able to share Word documents with the DOC and DOCX world, i.e., I use Keynote because I only have to present, not share files and my spreadsheet needs are limited.)

Paul Thurrott (surprisingly or unsurprisingly) finds this development to be a screaming bargain: http://www.winsupersite.com/article/office-2013-beta2/office-2013-pricing-packaging-144267

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Use the instructions found at this link:

 

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/how-to-install-microsofts-retina-update-for-office-for-mac-2011

 

It worked for me and it is MUCH better!

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It's too bad that despite the higher res interface that it still remains way too cluttered. It's no where near as good as Office 2010.
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Had hoped Office on Retina display was an iOS version. Never mind.

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Use the instructions found at this link:

 

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/how-to-install-microsofts-retina-update-for-office-for-mac-2011

 

It worked for me and it is MUCH better!

That did it. Thanks.

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The graphical parts of the interface look better on a retina display, but the text is still quite lacking. Part of the problem may be that the Office apps are all set to open in low resolution (get info on any of them) and the option to change that is grayed out.

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Come on, it's Microsofts 'version' of retina display. This is the same company that is making Windows 8 look like an 8 bit 1980's interface what do you expect? /wink

OMG is that why it's called Windows 8?

LOL!

I liked that signature from some poster on this very forum:

"Windows7 - A 64-bit memory extension plugin for a 32 bit graphical shell for a 16 bit patch to an 8 bit operating system originally coded for a 4 bit microprocessor, written by a 2 bit company owned by a man with not 1 bit of common sense."
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I found the solution in a comment on 9to5 Mac. 

 

In the Finder, duplicate Word (or Excel or PowerPoint). If you want, you can double check the info on the duplicated copy, and you will see that the "Open in Low Resolution" is no longer checked and no longer grayed out.

 

Then delete the original file, rename the copy by removing the word copy, and you're good to go. Documents will now appear in retina display as they should.

 

It seems to me odd that Microsoft would release an update for retina displays and leave the apps set to launch in low resolution that couldn't be changed under normal procedures.

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Originally Posted by Cpsro View Post

As far as I can tell, retina support isn't implemented to a significant degree. In particular, text still has jaggies. Of lesser importance, gallery images are still lo-res/blurry.

 

It works just fine for me.

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Originally Posted by brianld View Post

Agree with cpsro ... I don't see the Retina support taking effect after installing the update.

 

I opened up the same doc using the updated Word and the "old" one. Very noticeable diff.

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Originally Posted by rmansfield View Post

Take the same document and put it in Word and Pages at 200% side by side. If Word has been updated for retina displays, I'm a monkey's uncle.

 

You're undoubtedly a monkey's uncle.

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Originally Posted by rmansfield View Post

I found the solution in a comment on 9to5 Mac. 

 

In the Finder, duplicate Word (or Excel or PowerPoint). If you want, you can double check the info on the duplicated copy, and you will see that the "Open in Low Resolution" is no longer checked and no longer grayed out.

 

Then delete the original file, rename the copy by removing the word copy, and you're good to go. Documents will now appear in retina display as they should.

 

It seems to me odd that Microsoft would release an update for retina displays and leave the apps set to launch in low resolution that couldn't be changed under normal procedures.


I think those instructions are for rigging the old version of Office to display in high res. You don't need to do this for the updated version.

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