Since the launch of the MacBook Pro with Retina display in June, Microsoft had announced full compatibility of Office for Mac 2011 with Mountain Lion, but had neither confirmed, nor denied the possibility of a future update to the suite to fully support the Retina display. Up until now, Outlook 2011 was the only app that had support for the Retina display.

Well today, Microsoft has released an update to Office for Mac 2011 (14.2.4) that finally adds support for the Retina display across the suite. Owners of the rMBP can now enjoy a crisp UI and sharp text and finally get back to being productive on their notebooks. In addition, the update features several bug fixes and improvements for Outlook 2011 as well.

Update: I just installed the update on my rMBP, and while the basic UI and text looks crisp, there are still several UI elements (such as previews), icons and images that have not been upscaled. But overall, this is still an order of magnitude improvement over the non-Retina version and finally makes Office for Mac 2011 usable on an rMBP.

The Office for Mac 2011 14.2.4 update should now be available via Microsoft AutoUpdate, or you can manually download it from here.

Source: Microsoft

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  • darwinosx - Thursday, December 6, 2012 - link

    Even though I think clear type looks a little better Apples approach is to ensure what you see on the screen is what prints. As you say it works out on the retina displays.

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