Office 2011 promises end Microsoft’s war on Macintosh

Apple Store USA“The long war between Microsoft and Macintosh is almost over. It will end when Microsoft ships Office for Mac 2011, the release that ends Redmond’s decade-long attack on Apple computers in business,” David Coursey writes for PC World.

“Office 2011, due before the holidays, replaces the much-despised Entourage e-mail client and information manager with a real version of Microsoft Outlook created for Macintosh,” Coursey writes. “When that happens, Mac users become full participants on their companies’ Exchange-based e-mail systems. End of the Mac as a second-class corporate citizen.”

MacDailyNews Take: Too late. We don’t use Office anymore; haven’t for years. The only reason to use the bloated Office is if you’re stuck working at a place with dim-witted IT doofuses who’ve screwed their companies by shackling themselves to Microsoft “solutions.”

Coursey continues, “Microsoft could have done this previously, but used Entourage to create a barrier between Mac users and Exchange. Given the issue persisted for a decade, the incompatibility must be considered intentional. This nonsense went on much too long and Microsoft still deserves roasting for having pulled such a stunt in the first place. So, no congratulations from me.”

“Entourage appeared in 2000, replacing the previous Outlook Express that shipped with Office 98. Asked why they didn’t just offer a new Mac version of Outlook, Microsoft replied that Entourage was intended for a different audience than Outlook served,” Coursey writes. “That ‘new audience’ being Mac users who didn’t need to connect to Exchange, which left out a huge number of potential Windows-to-Mac converts over the decade. Intentionally crippled as a client for Exchange servers, Entourage was a sure way of keeping Macs from expanding their presence in businesses large enough to use Exchange and Outlook.”

Read more in the full article here.

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.

77 Comments

  1. @SamLowry

    . . . and Project, and Visio, and Access.
    Ghastly products all, but required in my work environment, at least for now, until I convince everyone to break from the collective. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. 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 AN IDIOT.

    Think of how much Mac software or how many Apps you could buy with that money which would give a user multiple times the value and productivity of Office.

    MDN its it on the head spot on with their take.

  3. I need matrix and linear algebra functions in Numbers, and/or help convincing my peers that Octave is a better tool than Excel for such things. Until then, I’m stuck dealing with Excel (but not paying through the nose for the privilege; still using the Office v.X version that I bought with my first PowerBook back in 2003).

    MDN MW “off”, as in which direction Microsoft can sod with their upgrade treadmill.

  4. @Andreeccm

    Wow it took this benign article to convince you to leave?

    Anyway, I’m not an MS fan, or their products, but if allowing parity with the Windows version helps people switch then I’m all for it.

    MS sees the writing on the wall and are trying to position themselves as software suppliers for the future.

  5. @andreeccm

    I hear ya…it can become a bit annoying..but facts are facts..

    Have you USED Microsoft Word on the Mac?

    It may be the single most annoying piece of software ever written. I use a $4000 Mac Workstation and Word takes forever to start up, must be open since it won’t let you copy something from the buffer into a document without first being open, and is largely unintuitive and hard to use.
    Invariably if I want to get something actually DONE I use Pages or Keynote and not Word or Powerpoint…both of which just seem like software from 1998.

    But the fanboyism can be hard to put up with…I understand.

    When something is truly better is gets approval. Simple as that.

    For the record, I recommended LaTex for Equation editing in Keynote…it’s not an Apple product.

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