Microsoft and Apple confirm future of Mac Office

Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) has chosen this month’s Macworld Conference & Expo 2006 at which to confirm a new, formal five-year agreement to develop Microsoft Office for Mac software for both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  January 15, 2006

Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) has chosen this month’s Macworld Conference & Expo 2006 at which to confirm a new, formal five-year agreement to develop Microsoft Office for Mac software for both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs. Mac BU outlined several upcoming improvements to Entourage 2004 for Mac and also said it plans to build converters to read the new Microsoft Office Open XML Formats. “Microsoft has a history of successful collaboration with Apple, and this agreement underscores our commitment to the Mac platform,” said Tom Gibbons, vice president of the Consumer Productivity eXperiences Business at Microsoft. “We’ve had many years of success with Office for Mac, and this formal commitment confirms that we’re in the Mac business for the long haul.” The Mac BU has now collaborated with customers, other Microsoft teams and Apple Computer Inc. to deliver productivity software for over twenty years. “Microsoft’s Mac BU continues to be a great Mac developer, bringing innovative and compatible versions of Microsoft Office to Mac customers,” said Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing at Apple. “The Mac platform has never been stronger, and we’re pleased that Microsoft is committed to delivering great Mac products for many years to come.” Microsoft itself is currently putting the final touches to a number of Entourage 2004 enhancements scheduled for final delivery in March 2006. Since the release of Mac OS X 10.4 (a.k.a. Tiger), the Mac BU has worked with Apple to enable Sync Services integration with Entourage information and data. Customers will soon be able to sync their Entourage calendar, address book, notes and tasks with handheld devices that also work with Sync Services. Support for Spotlight, another Tiger feature, will allow customers to more effectively search Entourage e-mail messages, as they’re already able to do with their Office 2004 for Mac Word, PowerPoint and Excel files. Furthermore, Microsoft and Apple are at present offering a special deal to buyers of new Macs through which they can save up to 50% on the price of Office 2004 for Mac. More information is available from www.microsoft.com/mac.

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