Microsoft has said it will release Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 (SP1) sometime next week.
Update: It's now live.
The update will feature increased stability, security, and some new features to the suite – including improved Outlook syncing support – as well as some performance enhancements.
"As we shared several months ago, this update will enable calendar syncing between Outlook for Mac and Apple’s Sync Services,” said the Office for Mac team. "This will let you sync your Outlook calendar as well as contacts, notes and tasks with any service or device that supports Sync Services, including your iPhone and iPad.”
The team detailed an issue with syncing Outlook calendars, which Microsoft says is a limitation that Apple is introducing with its new version of MobileMe.
"MobileMe will no longer sync with MacOS Sync Services as of May 5th (or now if you have already moved your account to the new version of MobileMe calendar). As a result, Outlook 2011 SP1 calendars that sync with Sync Services on the Mac, will NOT be synced with MobileMe calendars,” reads an update.
This means that if you sync your iPhone or iPad calendars with Sync Services (ie via iTunes over a cable), your mobile device calendars WILL be synced with Outlook 2011 SP1.
"If you sync your iPhone or iPad calendars with MobileMe, they will NOT be synced to your Outlook 2011 SP1 calendar, because of the broken link between MobileMe and Sync Services.
"Hopefully Apple’s changes will not impact very many of you,” a blog post added.
We’ll let you know when SP1 goes live.