Ultimate List of FREE Microsoft Software & Resources for the Macintosh

My Mac Buddy Dub el Gee warned this will be my least read blog entry ever! But before any Macintosh users flame me for simply putting “Microsoft & Macintosh” in the same sentence – please first read my opinion. . .
The Macintosh is the best “personal” computer – OK, I said it! But, I also believe that Esperanto is the “ideal” spoken language for the entire world. Just because a technology is “better” does not mean the world will adopt it (i.e. Dvorak Keyboard)
While Mac users argue their computer is more “intuitive” – there’s nothing “intuitive” about any computer. Nature doesn’t give us “intuitions” for when to double-click – it’s still a learned skill. But Macintosh users should understandably be happy with their computer. The hardware is sexy, and their software is powerful & fun to use.
Having worked with many Mac users, I know there are a few that don’t like Microsoft – and some attempt to never run any Microsoft software at all.  Thankfully, there are many Mac users that still work amongst “us” Windows users – they purchase & use Office:mac. So of course, there are some free Microsoft tools for them too!  
Art of Office is for Mac users pushing the boundaries of what can be done in Mac Office. Explore. Contribute. Reuse. Remix. Add your best work. Take what you like (giving credit where it’s due) and make it yours.
Entourage 2004 Junk Email Filter provides the Junk Email Filter with a more current definition of which email messages should be considered junk email.
Entourage Signatures and BackgroundsAdd some personality to your business messages with the colorful icons that accompany these signatures and backgrounds.
Exchange Update for Entourage is a powerful e-mail and personal information manager (PIM) that helps you stay in touch with others, manage personal information, and keep track of your schedule. In Entourage X, your e-mail, calendar, address book, and task list are seamlessly integrated in one easy-to-use program. The Exchange Update adds features designed especially for people who work in organizations running Microsoft Exchange Server.
Flip4Mac: Windows Media Components for QuickTime – component for QuickTime, allows you to play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser. (Support WebsiteUPDATED! Patch) 
Handheld Synchronization for Entourage X  can synchronize, or transfer, copies the contacts, tasks, notes, and calendar events between Microsoft Entourage X for Mac and your Palm handheld. 
IntelliPoint 6.21 Mouse Software for Mac OS 10.2.x to 10.4 (excluding 10.0 and 10.1) enables you to customize the unique features of your Microsoft mouse. You can reassign buttons to open a program, file, or Web page, or to perform commands and application-specific functions.You can control scroll wheel settings.
IntelliType Pro and IntelliPoint 6.21 Keyboard and Mouse Software for Mac OS 10.2.x to 10.4 (excluding 10.0 and 10.1) enables you to customize the unique features of Microsoft keyboard and mouse. You can reassign keys to open a program, file, or Web page, or to perform commands and application-specific functions.
Microsoft Messenger for Mac Version 8 provides real-time collaboration between people in different locations. You can use instant messaging and audio and video calls to communicate with your contacts. You can sign in to Messenger for Mac 8 by using a Windows Live ID. Windows Live IDs include all e-mail accounts ending in “@live.com”, “@hotmail.com”, “@msn.com” and other accounts registered with Windows Live. (Support: Microsoft Messenger for Mac version 5.1 Deployment Guide)
ODBC Driver for Microsoft SQL Server is an inexpensive 3rd party application allowing access your company’s Microsoft SQL Server database from within Excel or FileMaker Pro.
Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive includes essential tools that can help you transform the way you create, share, and manage ideas and information using all four Office 2004 for Mac programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage. After you install the Test Drive, you can use it for 30 days. (Support Document ReadMe) 
The Office Mac Resource Kit provides prescriptive information for administrators and support professionals who deploy, administer, and support Office 2004 for Mac in Microsoft Live Communications Server or Microsoft Exchange Server environments.
Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0 allows you to convert Open XML files that were created in Office 2008 for Mac or Office 2007 for Windows so that you can open, edit, and save them in earlier versions of Office for Mac. (Support: KB953823)
PowerPoint 98 Viewer allows people who use Microsoft PowerPoint to share their presentations with users who do not have PowerPoint.
PST Import Tool for Entourage 2004 imports PST files from Microsoft Outlook 2001.

Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.1.0 lets you connect from your Macintosh computer to a Windows-based computer or to multiple Windows-based computers at the same time. After you have connected, you can work with applications and files on the Windows-based computer.

StatPlus:mac LE is a free edition of StatPlus:mac Professional developed by AnalystSoft. It offers 19 different statistical and math functions, including analysis of variance, linear regression, histograms, t-tests and Z-tests.

SyncMate (Eltima Software) is an easy-to-use handy synchronizer that will help you keep all your private notes, docs, contacts and other files organized. Form a quick connection between your Mac and your Pocket PC. (MSDN Recommended)
Microsoft Expression Media Free Trial is a professional asset management tool used to visually catalog and organize all your digital assets for effortless retrieval and presentation.
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.0 Update “contains several improvements to enhance stability and compatibility with documents that were created in Office 2008 for Mac and Office 2007 for Windows.” (Support: KB953824) – [NOTE: You should also install Office AutoUpdate]
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.1 Update “contains several improvements to enhance stability and performance.” (Support: KB953822)
VBA Converter for Excel converts Visual Basic for Applications macros that are opened or saved in Excel 5.0/95 Workbook format.
Windows Media Player for Mac OS X 9.0 No I’m not saying that Mac users should not use their QuickTime player, but there are times when a website’s stream simply doesn’t work for a specific browser. (It happens to Windows users when “we” need to switch to QuickTime).

Windows Phone 7 Connector (for Mac) – Beta lets you synchronize your favorite music, videos, photos and podcasts from iTunes and iPhoto to your Windows Phone 7, so you can take your media with you wherever you go.

Soon to be retired — see Flip4Mac above 
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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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4 Responses to Ultimate List of FREE Microsoft Software & Resources for the Macintosh

  1. Garrett says:

    Hey, I’ve typed in Dvorak for 10 years now!Alh mt ,og;k; idokaglpt jfok pd;; kjal kjdt f;dh ks :-)

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