Office 2011 for Mac update

Last reviewed on November 28, 2013

The Office 2011 for Mac update includes some fixes for Outlook. My favorite is Outlook 2011 now asks if you want to return read receipts when you use an Exchange server email account. You can't request read receipts when you send email in Outlook 2011, but it no longer silently returns receipts when a sender requests them. This feature change made it into Outlook 2000, after a person (who shall remain nameless) spammed members of the beta team with read receipts because she did not like it that Outlook automatically returned read receipts. Ah, those were the days.

When you read a message that has a read receipt, Outlook 2011 will display a dialog box that looks like this:
Outlook for Mac Read Receipt warning

If you check the box to Don't ask me about sending receipts again and later change your mind, the alert (as well as all other alerts dismissed with 'don't show this again' checked) can be enabled again from Outlook > Preferences > Notifications and Sounds. Click the Reset Alerts button at the bottom of the dialog box to reset all alerts.

Other changes in functionality include:

  • Outlook.com and Yahoo! accounts will now be set up as IMAP, not POP3, when you let Outlook 2011 create the account for you. (Accounts already set up in Outlook 2011 are not affected.)
  • Conversation threading is better, with Outlook 2011 using the In-Reply-To and Reference fields in mail headers when deciding what messages belonged together in the Conversation views.
  • Issues connecting to Exchange server when using a proxy server were fixed.

For more information, see Description of the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.3.9 Update

Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.