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Microsoft to Apple, "We Won't Have a Carbonized Version of Office When OS X Ships"

Microsoft to Apple, "We Won't Have a Carbonized Version of Office When OS X Ships"

by , 1:30 PM EDT, October 12th, 2000

Microsoft delivered the goods for Apple yesterday with Mac Office 2001, but the Redmond giant doesn't have a clue when a version of the all-important office productivity software suite will be made available for Mac OS X.

According to C/NET News, "Irving Kwong, Microsoft's product manager for its Mac business unit, made it clear the company is committed to delivering a Mac OS X version of Office. But he also could not speculate as to when Microsoft will deliver the productivity suite. 'We honestly don't know when,' he said."

Kwong did assure C/NET News this much: "We won't have a Carbonized version of Office when OS X ships."

Mac OS X Public Beta expires on May 15, 2001, at which time "you'll need a bootable Mac OS CD to gain access to the contents of your hard drive", according to Apple. The beta expiration boldly elevates May 15th as the very outside date for having Mac OS X 1.0 in distribution.

There is plenty of evidence that Microsoft is serious about supporting the Mac platform in their new ad campaign and in the special details included in MS Office 2001 just for Mac users. Microsoft's Mac business unit is also a very profitable division for Redmond. Furthermore, supporting the Mac platform is a politically important, if unspoken, part of Microsoft's attempt to shake their antitrust woes with the Justice Department

The Mac Observer Spin:

Mac OS X is the biggest operating system phase shift Apple has ever attempted. But we have no reason to doubt Cupertino can't pull it off. After all, Apple gracefully jumped from Mac OS 6 to 7 and later from 8 to 9 with hardly a hitch. Both were excellent dress rehearsals for the Mac OS X transition.

We can expect there to be "speed bumps" along the road to universal adoption of OS X by Mac users. This is the first of them. Don't expect it to be the last. And don't expect those who have bet against Apple not to cheer at every stumble along the way. It's the nature of the business for software developers to miss deadlines. Nevertheless, OS X in the end will triumph gloriously.

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