Mac and SharePoint Series: Word to Your…

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Mac and SharePoint Series: Word to Your…

As Office for Mac 2011 was released I was was a wide-eye boy to the possibilities it might hold. Now that is has been out for a while lets take a look at how the new version of Word for Mac works with SharePoint 2010.

To recap the past, it was widely known that it was a great advantage using a traditional Windows workstation with Office. In particular great way that we could open an office document right into the office program that it was associated with. All well and good in SharePoint 2007, but left us Mac users out in the cold. Our experience was rather a mundane process of having to first download the document then opening it from there.

In SharePoint 2001 the Mac for office 2011 experience has totally changed. Let us take a look…

For our example I’ll use Safari for Mac, but the effect is the same for Firefox.


When I click on the Word DOCX file called it opens a popup as follows

Popup window

Next, we have this window which is actually generated from the Word for Office 2011 application

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Enter your SharePoint credentials and make sure to check ‘Save password in my Mac OS keychain’. By default the temporary copy of the DOCX is automatically downloaded and opened in Word in read-only mode. The same process that occurs on a Windows platform.

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At this point we can made it a editable document by clicking the ‘Edit’ button.

Once we have made whatever changes we wish to make,we can simply press the ‘Save’ button in Word. This will automatically upload the document back into it’s original location within SharePoint and refresh the ‘modified’ time stamp along with the ‘modified by’ metadata.

This gives us the great smooth interoperability that has been in the past only seen on a Windows platform. In short this has been made possible by the combination of SharePoint 201o and Mac for Office 2011. Some improtant things to note. This will work with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files only when you have SharePoint 2010 and Office for Mac 2011. I’m sorry to say that this still does not include any Linux or non-Office products.

Are there any further enhancements stemming from SharePoint 2010 that Mac can take adavante of? YES! Will it be the same as using Windows 7 and Office 2010? NO!

I’ll be looking into other features as I continue this series.


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