Microsoft on Wednesday said that the next version of office for the Mac will get two key features that were part of the latest Windows version: photo editing and mini charts in Excel, known as Sparklines.
The working of the two features was shown by the company by a video posted on its office for Mac Web Site. Sparklines are tiny charts that fit in a single cell and allow one to see the trend in individual data points.
Microsoft also said that Office for Mac will allow such things as color correction or background removal from within the new versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for the purpose of photo editing.
Office for Mac 2011, as the product will be dubbed, and is due to release in October. The key changes would be that Microsoft is bringing back Outlook for Mac, replacing the less-Exchange compatible Entourage e-mail and calendar program that had been in prior Mac OS X versions of Office.