Microsoft Online’s New Apple/Mac Sign-In Application Supports Office 2011 for BPOS/Office 365

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    Microsoft announces expanded BPOS-Standard support for the Mac OS with the introduction of a new Microsoft Online Services Sign In application that supports the recently released Office for Mac 2011. The new Sign In application for Mac OS is scheduled to be available by the end of March 2011. In addition to support for Office for Mac 2011, the new Sign In application includes a number of bug fixes and enhancements that improve the performance and stability of the application for the Mac OS.

    The Sign In application provides a simple, single sign-in point for Microsoft Online Services. The application provides:

    • A single access point for services, rather than signing in to each service separately
    • Automatic configuration of applications
    • Password management
    • Sign in options such as automatic sign-in upon computer start-up

    When you install or update the Sign In application, it checks for applications on your computer that can be used with Microsoft Online Services and automatically configures those applications to work with the services. More information about application configuration by the Sign In application can be found inthis article on the Help and How-to Portal. With the introduction of the new Sign In application for Mac OS, there will be two Sign In applications that support various versions of Office for Mac. For customers using Office for Mac 2004 and Office for Mac 2008, their users can continue to use the current Sign In application. The new Sign In application, scheduled to be released by the end of March, will support Office for Mac 2011 and Office for Mac 2008 with EWS. The following table provides detail for Office for Mac and Mac OS supportability:  

    Current Sign In Application****for Mac OS

    New Sign In Application for Mac OS

    Office for Mac 2004

    Yes

    No

    Office for Mac 2008

    Yes

    No

    Office for Mac 2008 EWS

    Yes

    Yes

    Office for Mac 2011

    No

    Yes

    Mac OS X 10.4

    Yes

    No

    Mac OS X 10.5

    Yes

    Yes

    Mac OS X 10.6

    Yes

    Yes

      This blog post will be updated when the new Sign In application for Mac OS is available, including a link to the new application on the Microsoft Download Center. New Sign-In Application Supports Office for Mac 2011 - Microsoft Online Services Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs