Microsoft to delay Office for Mac 2008

Mac users must wait until next year for fresh versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as Microsoft moves its intended launch of Office for Mac 2008 to January from the second half of this year.

"We had hoped to hit the Christmas selling season, but now we hope to target Macworld (in January)," said Craig Eisler, who became general manager of the Mac business unit at Microsoft six weeks ago. "We as a group were not satisfied with product quality."

Details about any software development snags, as well as final pricing, were unavailable. Office for Mac 2004 is sold in three flavors at between $150 and $500.

The company demonstrated early previews of Office for Mac 2008 at the Macworld 2007 convention in January. Microsoft will not open beta testing to the public as it did for more than six months while building Office 2007 for Windows.

The 2008 release will be the first built for Intel-based Macs. The features and visual style of Office for Mac software differ from their Windows counterparts. Microsoft is introducing XML-based file formats, which require a converter to be opened in older Office software. A time-management, task-launching widget joins Office for Mac 2008 in addition to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the Entourage e-mail application.

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It'd be nice if they at least gave us a public beta version to tide us over like they did for Office 2007 on Windows. I mean, it has been almost 4 years since their last Office offering, not to mention it being a Universal Binary running at full speed on an intel Mac..

Hardly, the design and layout of Office 2007 is more polished, flexible and, therefore, more powerful. It may be a beta but the layout shows that they lack the necessary refinements for academics, scientists and legal professionals. It looks more like a desktop publishing application than a word processor.

I am really confused as to why people are so upset about not having a native x86 Office suite from Microsoft for their Intel Macs. Microsoft is under no obligation to produce another Mac version of Microsoft Office. I think most Mac users fail to realize that Microsoft is not required to make a version of Office for the Mac. Worse, they fail to realize past versions of Office have always been awful compared to their Windows counterparts (at least in features).

Why not look for native ports of applications that are supported like (Neo, O.O., Nisus) and support those with your time and money?

I'm reasonably sure Microsoft renewed their five year deal with Apple to make office. It's big business, especially since sales of office:mac have gone up 72% in the last year or so.

There isn't one 3rd party company "under the obligation" to release software for operating system X or Y unless they want to. But once a company does people will expect them to continue improving their software.

Surprising.........

Microsoft is up the ****** with you boys for this move....

But Apple is all in the clear, and in THEIR RIGHTS as a company to pull the iPhone battery crap... SEE the article above this one.

What the hell....... I was waiting for this one. Office 2004 sucks with all the buttons on the side.. I want Ribbon ASAP.....

PsykX said,
What the hell....... I was waiting for this one. Office 2004 sucks with all the buttons on the side.. I want Ribbon ASAP.....

This really doesn't have the ribbon like Office 2007 did... it will be a subset of it to match the Mac look...

The last screenshots showed us an iWork-like interface layout. There is however a Ribbon located directly beneath the toolbar, but it's function is different from the one you see in Office 2007.

Where the guy who always says "It's better to wait a little longer and get a polish and bug free software than a unsatisfiable piece of code trashed in a cd" ... I bet it's because we're talking about Microsoft.

Pip'

I'm not sure where that guys is!! Look for the thread about Apple delaying OS X "Leopard" 'til October, I'm sure he or she is in there.

Unbelievable. Adobe was able to get their Universal Creative Suite 3 out the door months ago, which is by far a much larger suite than Microsoft Office for Mac is. :mad:

Yes, but they didn't redesign parts of it completely... MS is redesigning parts of office 2008 to look more like Office 2007 on windows

Well for the macromedia products, all adobe did was made them stable... But then again, each new version of a macromedia product is more like a x.x release.

neufuse said,
Yes, but they didn't redesign parts of it completely... MS is redesigning parts of office 2008 to look more like Office 2007 on windows

Adobe had to port over their entire suite to Xcode just as well. Which must have been a lot harder if only looking at the quantity of applications it contains, let alone the addition of new features.

As far as I'm concerned the only reason why it's taking Microsoft this long to push Office 2008 out the door is because the project is heavily understaffed. Not because they decided to revamp the interface of a word processing, spreadsheet, keynote and email/calender application.

Noo! Now I must continue to run their trashy Power PC-based office suite to open files from my windows-based coworkers.

And this, just when they were doing SO well with a beta of Remote Desktop Connection.

What's the problem? I thought you all mac-fans count the Mac's ability to run Windows as part of it's Holy Doctrine Of Superiority (all praise and honor to Steve Jobs, for he invented the computer and his iProducts are teh c001) Got boot-camp?

Even if he has Boot Camp set up, he'd still need another copy of Windows and Office.

And really, who wants to buy software twice, once for each platform?

Or you could ust use the Universal NeoOffice Suite,, its fully compatible with with Office 07


K3vlar said,
Noo! Now I must continue to run their trashy Power PC-based office suite to open files from my windows-based coworkers.

And this, just when they were doing SO well with a beta of Remote Desktop Connection.

Croquant said,
What's the problem? I thought you all mac-fans count the Mac's ability to run Windows as part of it's Holy Doctrine Of Superiority (all praise and honor to Steve Jobs, for he invented the computer and his iProducts are teh c001) Got boot-camp?

Your comments get more annoying everytime I see them. You're nowhere near as funny as you think you are. I'm not even a huge Mac fan and your comment still annoyed me. Got any maturity?

Cryingcure said,

Your comments get more annoying everytime I see them. You're nowhere near as funny as you think you are. I'm not even a huge Mac fan and your comment still annoyed me. Got any maturity?

Please try not to insult other users. You may not like or agree with them, but please watch what you say to someone else on here. This is on the boarder line...

Cryingcure said,

Your comments get more annoying everytime I see them. You're nowhere near as funny as you think you are. I'm not even a huge Mac fan and your comment still annoyed me. Got any maturity?


It's called having a sense of humor. You might want to look into getting one.

Croquant said,

It's called having a sense of humor. You might want to look into getting one.

Saying what someone says is annoying isn't "funny" so what does a sense of humor have to do with anything?