“At the moment, I think the Macintosh platform’s biggest weakness is its reliance on Microsoft Office for productivity software. Microsoft has always built solid products for the Mac, but they were always just a bit behind or somehow incompatible with their Windows equivalents. Entourage does 90% of what Outlook does, but it lacks features right where it hurts — in corporate settings. Word for Mac doesn’t have the same Macro or OOXML support as the PC version. And PowerPoint files are still not 100% compatible between platforms,” Seth Weintraub writes for Computerworld. “Basically, Apple and its customers get the short end of the Microsoft stick.”

“Add to that the industry move toward Web 2.0 applications and Cloud computing — and several other recent shifts in the technology landscape — and you have a climate for change. I don’t think Apple wants to wait on Microsoft to delegate how its business applications will work. In fact, I think Apple would like to move forward with a leading-edge partner like, say, Google and create business rather than follow in it. That’s why I think Jobs will take the stage at WWDC next week and announce that Apple and Google are going to team up to bring Google Apps to .Mac customers,” Weintraub writes.

“In a recent stockholder meeting, Jobs admitted that .Mac has hasn’t achieved its full potential, but said the company is working on it,” Weintraub writes. “It has been 18 months, forever in software development at Apple, since its iWork app was last updated. That is lots of time for Apple to do some pretty interesting things.”

“It makes sense for all parties and would finally give Microsoft a run for its money,” Weintraub writes. “Plus, there’s that old saying: the enemy of your enemy is your friend.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader ” LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]