Microsoft confirmed on Wednesday that it is planning full-screen and versioning support for Office for Mac 2011 on OS X 10.7 “Lion.”
The Office for Mac team is currently working on a number of bug fixes for Mac OS X Lion. Communicator for Mac has been updated to prevent a crash when users send an instant message or start an audio/video chat. The fix will be distributed via Microsoft AutoUpdate in the next few days. Microsoft is also working on a fix for importing Apple Mail into Outlook. “We’re reviewing this and don’t yet have a plan to fix it,” said Microsoft’s Pat Fox.
There are a number of outstanding issues that Microsoft describes as “fairly minor” or cosmetic. Windows might not align in the same was as they did in Snow Leopard but Microsoft say it’s working with Apple to fix these with regular updates. Office for Mac 2004 is not supported in Lion as this was a PowerPC-based product which Lion no longer supports.
Despite the bugs, Microsoft hinted that they are working with Apple to support the latest features of OS X Lion. “We are working hard with Apple to enable versioning, auto save, and full-screen for Office for Mac 2011,” said Fox in a blog post on Wednesday. “I know your next question will be “when?”, and unfortunately I can’t answer that – but it’s likely measured in months not days – just to set expectations.”