The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

TMO at Macworld - Microsoft Announces Office 2008 for the Mac

by , 3:45 PM EST, January 9th, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft announced on Tuesday that Office 2008 for the Mac is in development and should be available in the second half of 2007. The new version of the office productivity suite will include Universal Binary versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage - all capable of running natively on Intel and PowerPC-based Macs.

Roz Ho, general manager of the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft commented "Office 2008 is, by far, the most comprehensive, Mac-complementary productivity suite we've developed to date."

The suite shares the same "ribbon" interface found on the new version of Office for Windows, along with several Mac-only features including a Publishing Layout view in Word, Ledgers Sheets in Excel, and a My Day view for reviewing your schedule.

The Mac version of Office will switch to Microsoft's Open XML file formats to ensure cross platform file compatibility.

A major concern for many Mac Office users has been file compatibility with the new version of Office for Windows. The Mac BU plans to address those concerns by releasing a public beta of the file converters for Office 2004 this spring. The file converters will allow Office 2004 users to open and save Open XML-formatted documents.

Pricing and upgrade information is not yet available.

Digg!

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated August 25th

Thu, 4:22 PM
The Complete iOS 9 and 10 Development Bundle:
Thu, 12:22 PM
Three Ways to Free Up Space on your iPhone and Remove Old App Data
Thu, 11:48 AM
Adam West and Burt Ward Return for Batman '66 Animated Movie
Thu, 11:08 AM
Apple Music Festival Starts Sept 18 with Elton John
Thu, 11:00 AM
TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-25: Interview with Ruby Calling's Jean MacDonald
Thu, 9:23 AM
OS X: Opening an App When You Log In
Wed, 9:46 PM
What You Need to Know about the U.S. Defending Apple's European Taxes
Wed, 6:01 PM
ACM 374: The Apple Narrative, Music Industry Directives, and Samsung's Spoiled Milk
Wed, 2:45 PM
Zus MFi-Certified Kevlar Lightning Cable: $19.99
Wed, 2:31 PM
Siri and Apple's Machine Learning Are About to Get a Lot Better
Wed, 12:56 PM
Obduction, Myst's Spiritual Successor, is now Available
Wed, 11:00 AM
TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-24: Interview with Andrew Tokuda, aka Digital Droo
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!