“The latest Macintosh edition of Microsoft Corp.’s Office suite does text, e-mail, spreadsheets and presentations with aplomb. Then again, so did its previous versions. The big hook for the new version, Office 2004 for Mac, is its improved business-friendly tools, so Mac users can share and manage data just as easily as people who run that other, more dominant operating system (hint: Microsoft also makes it),” Matthew Fordahl writes for The Associated Press.
“Office 2004 may be an easy sell to businesses, but it’s going to be tougher to persuade consumers who don’t run their homes like a project management office and can’t easily absorb the $399 full standard edition or $239 upgrade price,” Fordahl writes. “…The central collaboration tool, Project Center, is part of Entourage, which used to be little more than an e-mail program. Now, it’s much more like — and arguably better than — Outlook, which does much of the same stuff on computers running Microsoft’s Windows.”
“The strongest appeal [of Office 2004] will be to businesses that run Macs or combination of Macs and PCs,” Fordahl writes.
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