Yes, Microsoft’s Office 2011 Is Compatible With OS X Mountain Lion

Yes, Microsoft’s Office 2011 Is Compatible With OS X Mountain Lion

If you’re worried about Microsoft’s 2011 Office Suite not working with Apple’s latest jungle cat, don’t sweat it. The guys and gals in Redmond have confirmed that both the 2011 and 2008 versions of Office are indeed fully compatible with the newly-released OS X Mountain Lion.

Microsoft wants its users to make sure Office for Mac’s AutoUpdate is enabled “to make the most of the upgrade to Mountain Lion” with future updates. Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper security means that you’ll need to use Microsoft’s AutoUpdate tool to keep Office for Mac current. 

Office for Mac 2011 has yet to be updated for the new MacBook Pro’s Retina display.

Apple sells its own iWork suite of productivity apps, including Pages, Numbers and Keynote, in the Mac App Store. They are Retina and iCloud-ready. But if you’re locked into using Office, rest assured that the 2011 and 2008 versions work on Mountain Lion.

  • PGEddington

    Outlook 2011 is crashing/failing to load/opening and then freezing after installing Mountain Lion. Every time. And I bought this MB Pro less than two weeks ago. So I don’t think I buy Microsoft’s claims on this one–my wife definitely doesn’t as she’s been dealing with the crashes/freezes all morning.

  • David_Howard

    Mac Office 2011 Works for me, but I notice that when I control + tab to move between apps that Word does not show up, and it does not have the little blue dot under its tray icon. If I click the W icon it comes forward, but no quick switching.

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