Microsoft delays Mac XML converters – again

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.

Full article here.

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.]


  1. Ina (f/k/a Ian) Fried, who happens to be a transsexual, is cNet’s M$ mouthpiece. (S)he should get M$ to get going on those converters. That said, I know of no office that uses M$ Office 2007 for Windows. I hope someone comes up with a viable Office 2004/08 competitor. All I want is a Project Center that integrates e-mails, contacts, files, calendar events, and tasks. “Reveal Codes” would be icing on the cake. Are you hearing me Corel or IBM?

  2. Oh dang. I’ve been lusting over those XML converters for some time now! Not quite as hot as a postscript editor but still pretty HOT!!

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  3. Have any of you tried opening an Office 2007 document using Apple’s Pages or Numbers apps? These programs are very XML friendly, and do so immediately. The first time we tried it, we were blown away at how fast the docs opened.

    But we’re talking about Apple here, so I should not be surprised. And if you haven’t given the latest versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote try, you should. They’re really quite impressive.

  4. Funny thing is that Microsoft is killing their gravy train. For this is one of the reasons the college I work for now requires all documents posted digitally by instructors to be in either RTF or PDF format.

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