The new version of Office for Mac 2011 (std) is available to download for MVLS customers. It’s very early as I didn’t expect the release until mid October. One surprise for me was the inclusion of a Communicator for Mac (Version 13). I hadn’t realised (I can’t admit to having done piles of research!) that there was the intention of releasing a full communicator client for mac. I have until now been using the MSN client, which functioned very well.
Setup was very easy with all the SRV records in place, it was very straightforward, email address, username and password and I was in. First impressions are excellent, I can’t see anything I am missing. It prompts for it to be your default presence client and also your default voice client for Telephone and Conference.
I’ve yet to try out the voice side of things, but I’m interested to se ow it fares with a live meeting request.
As per the Windows version of the Communicator 2007 client, logging options are offered, which I am pleased about, and places the log files into your /users/username/library/logs folder.
Mac features like bouncing apps in the dock are all present, with options for Once or continuous bounce.
Displaying of your out of office is optional as is presence indicators based on Exchange calendar.
Another intersting inclusion is the option to use Bonjour to allow local users to be displayed in your contacts list, additionally allowing to block or allow their ability to see you.
Video, conversation saving (prompted or auto) are also there.
Amusingly the status indicator (that has always been round) is a square, just to be different.
Final verdict? Well, i think it’s great, I spent the day using it at home today to connect back to the office over dsl, and where the windows client would have dropped out a few times, it was rock solid. Fantastic.