Office for Mac 2008–be gone! This week Microsoft announced that a refreshed version of its productivity suite is finally available for Mac OS X users. The most significant update? Microsoft has trashed Entourage and replaced it with the real thing–Outlook! That’s right, full Outlook integration the Mac. Oh happy day. In addition, the new Office will play nice with Office Web Apps and other cloud-based applications; also, new co-authoring tools “let users edit the same Word document or PowerPoint presentation simultaneously with other people in different locations who are using Office on a PC or a Mac” and users can “quickly share their presentations with anyone who has browser access by broadcasting their presentation.” Pretty neat, huh? And it doesn’t end there; the new version packs a whole slew of new features–and not to mention welcome aesthetic tweaks. There are two version of Office for Mac 2001 available today: the Home & Student version ($149.99) and the Home & Business version ($179.99). They both pack Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and I think you can guess which one includes Outlook.
XXXLamp. Designed by Bart Lens.
At 13-feet in diameter and 5.25-feet high, the XXXLamp is the largest ceiling lamp in production. The giant lamp uses three light sources, but it can be ordered with RGB LEDs that allow you to remotely control the color it emits. It’s inspired by a Chinese lantern.
The twelve-segment construction makes the connection with the lantern, but a pumpkin is perhaps the first association that comes to mind, while the suspension system recalls an upside-down hot-air balloon.
Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects will be constructing an extended office for a steel pipe factory with giant pipes. These giant pipes are usually made to create wind turbines; as architectural elements, they will serve a dual purpose of housing and controlling air flow. I’m really digging the mock up images of this “pipe dream” (ha! get it?) office. This is definitely an architectural detour from the norm and hopefully it can inspire others to think outside the box and create buildings and structures with such unique design.