Apple Store USA“Some Mac users blasted Microsoft’s plan to ‘ribbonize’ the next version of Office for the Mac, while others — many of whom said they also use the productivity suite on Windows — defended the move,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“Office for Mac 2011 will feature a ribbon similar to what Microsoft debuted with Office 2007 for Windows, and will continue to use in Office 2010, also on Windows,” Keizer reports.

“The ribbon will appear below the standard Mac menu bar and above the content display area in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and is to be the ‘core of our next-generation Office for Mac user experience,’ Microsoft said in a statement last week when it showed off the suite at Macworld Conference and Expo,” Keizer reports. “Familiar interface features, including the classic Mac menu and the standard toolbar, will remain, and the ribbon and toolbar will be collapsible to save screen space, said Microsoft.”

Keizer reports, “Microsoft has not set a ship date for Office 2011 for Mac, saying only that it will release the suite in time for this year’s holiday sales season. Other than the ribbon interface, other prominent changes will include the return of Outlook as the suite’s e-mail client, and the restoration of VBA-based macros, which were dropped for the 2008 edition.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Anyone who gives Microsoft money for Office after such prolonged mistreatment, not to mention public ridicule from Microsoft’s CEO (please see: After attempting to belittle Mac users, Microsoft tries to sell them Office 2008 with free trial), is either a masochist, a fool, or stuck trying to get some work done with junk provided by the aforementioned IT doofuses. Our condolences. We’ll stick with what we’ll be using on our iPads: Apple’s iWork.

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