Microsoft has [announced](http://www.officeformac.com/blog/A-New-Outlook-for-Mac-Office) that Outlook will be included for the next major release of Office for Mac which will launch in time for the 2010 Holiday season. Outlook is the popular MS Office email/calendar/contacts application that is missing from Office for Mac for years.
Outlook for Mac is being built from the ground up as a Mac OS X application using Cocoa. It will have a new database that delivers a reliable, high performance, and integrated experience with Mac OS X. Users will be able to back-up with Time Machine and search email, calendar and contacts with Spotlight. Additionally, Outlook for Mac and the rest of Office will include Information Rights Management, which helps keep sensitive information for only audiences that you intend. IRM compatibility will make it possible for Mac users to share and receive sensitive information using Microsoft Office tools.
In the same note, Microsoft MacBU announced packaging refresh for Office 2008 for Mac. Coming this September, Office for Mac lineup will reduce from three to two editions to make it easier for customers.
Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student will include the familiar Word 2008 for Mac, Excel 2008 for Mac, PowerPoint 2008 for Mac and Entourage 2008 for Mac. A new Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition will, in addition to the applications in the Home & Student edition, include tools to help manage and grow a business:
* Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition: Improves performance, brings new features including task, note and category syncing and support for the latest version of Exchange Server
* Microsoft Document Connection for Mac: Improves access and browsing to documents on SharePoint Products and Technologies and Microsoft Office Live Workspace
* More than 200 business-related templates and clip art
* Training for beginning to advanced users by lynda.com Inc.
Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition will be available for pre-order on August 18 and on sale beginning September 15.