Microsoft “has again pushed out the release of converters needed by users of Office 2004 to read documents saved in the new XML file formats used by Office 2007 for Windows,” Ina Fried blogs for CNET.
“‘The team is mobilized to get Office 2008 updates out as soon as possible,’ Microsoft said in a blog posting. ‘As a result we are pushing back the release of the final Open XML File Format Converter Update to Office 2004 for Mac,'” Fried reports.
“Microsoft said that it now expects to make the converter available by late June. Most recently the company had said final converters would be released six to eight weeks after Office 2008 was released in the U.S. However, that timeline was already delayed from Microsoft’s original plan, which called for the tools to be available by late 2006 or early 2007,” Fried reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft is really good at promising; delivering, not so much. Do you really need Microsoft Office? Give Apple’s free 30-day iWork ’08 trial a try and find out for yourself. Note: iWork ’08 already handles files in Microsoft’s “Office Open XML” format. [Thanks for the reminder, Matt.]