Microsoft won't release new stand alone Office for Mac until end of 2014

Mac owners who have been waiting very patiently for a new stand alone version of Office from Microsoft will have to wait a bit longer. A new report states that Microsoft doesn't plan to release the next Office for Mac until sometime in late 2014.

Computerweek Germany posted up the Office for Mac update by chatting with Thorsten Hübschen, the business group lead for Microsoft Office in that country, as part of its CeBit coverage. Hübschen indicated that one of the reasons why it has taken so long for a new Office for Mac to be released is that the team in charge of its development, the Macintosh Business Unit, was merged with the main Microsoft Business Unit in early 2011, just a few months after Office for Mac 2011 was released in October 2010

Hübschen would not offer any details of what will be included in the next Office for Mac, saying only that information will be shared in the second quarter of 2014. Computerworld tried to get a Microsoft spokesperson to comment but got back a statement saying only, "The team is hard at work on the next version of Office for Mac."

Microsoft has made some minor updates to Office for Mac 2011 since its release, including adding support for Apple's Retina Display on its latest notebooks. Microsoft has also allowed those owners to designate it as one of their five installs for their Office 365 Home Premium subscription.

Source: Computerweek Germany | Image via Microsoft

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If Office on Mac is going to be anything like Office 2013 with flat, bald white space and CAPITAL LETTER MENU then I am happy with older version. I don't see anything compelling in new version anyway.

Steve121178 said,
The difference between Office 2011 (Mac) and 2013 (Win) is huge.

You are absolutely right. Office 2011 is much better than flat white space waster 2013.

As long as Mac users continue to buy Office, Microsoft will make it.

Mac users on average create more revenue for Microsoft per 'computer' sold than Windows PC users. Mac users often buy a copy of Office and some even buy a copy of Windows to dual boot or run in a VM.

There's a lot of Applehate going on here. I'm pretty system-agnostic, I can find my way around any OS and have extensively tried a few Linux distros (Elementary for over a month), my personal laptop runs 7 and 8.1 (which I use less) and my work computer is an iMac. And to be honest, for the development work I do (Drupal in PHP) OSX is actually a really nice OS. You have a great wealth of good software available (more than for Windows actually), all the command line stuff is a breeze to use because of the Linux similarities and it's quite enjoyable to use and nicely polished.

Every OS has their strong points. Linux absolutely kills it on the server side, Windows does great in large domain environments or for media (no OS plays video like MPC-HC on Windows) and OSX is a nice allround consumer PC with the powerful POSIX core lacking real server use or business possibilities.

Once you realise that there is no single best OS and you just start using what works best for what you want to achieve you'll get a lot further a lot faster.

Ambroos said,
OSX is actually a really nice OS. You have a great wealth of good software available (more than for Windows actually)
I agree with your entire post except for this sentence. Sheer software availability (even if you use an arbitrary filter for what you consider to be "good") is not something where OS X wins out over Windows. Nothing to do with the OS itself, just a natural function of the relative market shares of both.

Romero said,
I agree with your entire post except for this sentence. Sheer software availability (even if you use an arbitrary filter for what you consider to be "good") is not something where OS X wins out over Windows. Nothing to do with the OS itself, just a natural function of the relative market shares of both.

It depends what for I guess. It's easier to make simple software that looks and works well for OSX than it is for Windows. There's a huge amount of tools available to get your Mac to work exactly the way you like it. And for development I've had a much easier time finding everything I need for OSX than for Windows.

My experience has been exactly the opposite (be it dev tools or anything else), but to each their own. I still say app availability on Macs doesn't match that on Windows (especially considering the often ridiculous lengths MS goes to maintain backwards compatibility which means you're looking at decades worth of software for the dominant desktop OS) but I'm not going to argue the point further. We use what's best for us on either platform as per our needs, simple as that.

Ambroos said,
There's a lot of Applehate going on here. I'm pretty system-agnostic, I can find my way around any OS and have extensively tried a few Linux distros (Elementary for over a month), my personal laptop runs 7 and 8.1 (which I use less) and my work computer is an iMac. And to be honest, for the development work I do (Drupal in PHP) OSX is actually a really nice OS. You have a great wealth of good software available (more than for Windows actually), all the command line stuff is a breeze to use because of the Linux similarities and it's quite enjoyable to use and nicely polished.

Every OS has their strong points. Linux absolutely kills it on the server side, Windows does great in large domain environments or for media (no OS plays video like MPC-HC on Windows) and OSX is a nice allround consumer PC with the powerful POSIX core lacking real server use or business possibilities.

Once you realise that there is no single best OS and you just start using what works best for what you want to achieve you'll get a lot further a lot faster.

Linux doesn't 'kill it' server side. It does well because companies can roll out a ton of VMs with a lot less cost. In raw security and raw performance, Linux can't directly compete with Windows 2012 server.

Linux is a great inexpensive tool; however, cost advantages does not make an OS superior.

That is because iLife is a joke and isn't meant for enterprise environments. Come call me when any Fortune 500 or 100 company uses iLife.

I don't see the point of supporting Office for Mac. If they want to develop a version for Apple it seems like it would make more sense to focus on the iPad which some people actually own.

Millions use a Mac. Why not make money and offer a version for it? Unless your comment was a sneaky attempt to attack the Mac.

I agree, money to be made so why not. Also as far as I can tell both Apple and Microsoft have a better relationship with each other than either has with Google. Unlike Google's attitude towards WP (YouTube) and iOS (spoken turn-by-turn nav) at least the former tech giants still release software for each others' platforms regardless of market share.

@jakem1: Office Touch for iOS is coming but there's no reason it has to be an either/or proposition with Office for Mac. I'm sure MS can afford enough devs to work on both.

JHBrown said,
Millions use a Mac. Why not make money and offer a version for it? Unless your comment was a sneaky attempt to attack the Mac.

So we can now assume you won't make future posts that bash Windows 8 and its low numbers, like you have in the past?

(Hint: Far fewer people use a Mac than Windows 8.)

jakem1 said,
I don't see the point of supporting Office for Mac. If they want to develop a version for Apple it seems like it would make more sense to focus on the iPad which some people actually own.

The sheer number of students with a Mac in the US alone makes it essential that Microsoft roll out new versions of Office for Mac.

Add the rest of the globe and you can easily see how much money they will make from the Mac community, especially if they push Office 365 instead of standalone purchases.

I hope you are not in charge of a company as it would be bankrupt in no time thanks to your appalling business sense.

The greater sheer number of students owning a PC, alone makes it a higher priority platform for rolling out new versions of Office than the Mac. Add the rest of the globe and you can easily see how much money they make from the PC community.

Quikboy said,
The greater sheer number of students owning a PC, alone makes it a higher priority platform for rolling out new versions of Office than the Mac. Add the rest of the globe and you can easily see how much money they make from the PC community.

Way to miss the point. The PC already gets frequent updates for Office, the Mac doesn't, hence the number of Mac users requiring Office makes the platform viable for Microsoft to support.

Good to see it's coming, I hope it improves the dreadful inconsistencies and huge problems that make office for mac almost unusable.

Just tell apple, office for mac is contingent on iTunes for WP. The mac is so small that a trade off is in order. You anemic platform gets what my anemic platform wants: charity.

Microsoft envisions that they will make money off Windows Phone by selling media via the Xbox services. Introducing iTunes to it would probably kill them off.

Romero, any type of Windows Media has a terrible history of organizing music and videos. No seriously, I wouldn't dare touch my media if I don't use iTunes to keep everything where it needs to be.

Mr.XXIV said,
Romero, any type of Windows Media has a terrible history of organizing music and videos. No seriously, I wouldn't dare touch my media if I don't use iTunes to keep everything where it needs to be.
What are you referring to when you say "any type of Windows Media"? Windows Media Player? And there are lots of media cataloguing apps I'd place stratospherically higher than that POS called iTunes.

Romero said,
What are you referring to when you say "any type of Windows Media"? Windows Media Player? And there are lots of media cataloguing apps I'd place stratospherically higher than that POS called iTunes.

In its infinite wisdom MS placed Media Player in hibernation a long time ago. In WP8 both the Metro and the Desktop app to sync the computer and the phone are garbage since WP8 was introduced and have not improved. Zune was light years better that what we are forced to use now.

Cosmocronos said,
In WP8 both the Metro and the Desktop app to sync the computer and the phone are garbage since WP8 was introduced and have not improved. Zune was light years better that what we are forced to use now.
I'd much rather they improved the existing apps or even use them as-is, warts and all, compared to using that abomination called iTunes to manage my WP.

Romero said,
I'd much rather they improved the existing apps or even use them as-is, warts and all, compared to using that abomination called iTunes to manage my WP.

I would rather as well but at the moment I still have to use those disgraceful apps MS forced to me because Zune had to go.... well before a decent substitute was available.
Hopefully when W8.1 will launch there will be an additional.rabbit in the hat.

Cosmocronos said,
Hopefully when W8.1 will launch there will be an additional.rabbit in the hat.
I know you meant WP8.1 and yes, here's hoping!

neonspark said,
Just tell apple, office for mac is contingent on iTunes for WP. The mac is so small that a trade off is in order. You anemic platform gets what my anemic platform wants: charity.

Apparently Microsoft disagrees.

'Hübschen zufolge soll sich das im zweiten Quartal dieses Jahres aber ändern; großen Kunden werde das neue Mac-Paket hinter verschlossenen Türen bereits präsentiert.'

Zweites Quartal = second quarter of the year. Not the second half of the year.