Hey Microsoft, where’s the next version of Office for Mac?

“Microsoft is behind the schedule it used for the last several iterations, and has not breathed a word about its Mac intentions,’ Gregg Keizer writes for Computerworld. “In fact, the blog kept by the California-based development team that works on Office for Mac hasn’t been updated since Aug. 5, 2013, more than seven months ago.

“The last time Microsoft launched a new Office for OS X was October 2010, when it rolled out Office for Mac 2011,” Keizer writes. “Prior to that, Microsoft issued upgrades in January 2008 (Office for Mac 2008), May 2004 (Office for Mac 2004) and November 2001 (Office v. X).”

“The average spread between Office for Mac editions — going back as far as Office v. X — has been 1,088 days,” Keizer writes. “But as of Thursday, it had been 1,213 days since the launch of Office for Mac 2011.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Who cares; isn’t Office bloated enough already?


      1. Without trucks, Prius drivers don’t get their Prius parts, Whole Foods won’t have food, the list can go on for a hundred pages.

        I am assuming that Dusty Mac’s use of the word refers to desktop computers, without which 99.9% of the useful computer apps could not exist. Love my iPhone and iPad, but without my Mac Mini, the only thing on them would be entertainment junk.

        And no I dont use Office and wouldn’t for any real work.

  1. Yeah, no one needs office… Unless you have a real job then of course… you need office. People act like Mac’s are just for play or movie editing. Mac’s are for work to, I use mine in my office at a multi-billion dollar organization and guess what? People here use office to get real work done and when we collaborate with other organizations (finding cures for cancer and other diseases) we also have to use office to keep some semblance of format parity within the documents we use.

    1. Work on a university campus (or at least this one) would become too chaotic without document parity. Whether you like MS Office or not, there are few viable options when it comes to doing the variety of things Office can do AND be truly cross platform. Throw students and their computer choices into the mix, using MS Office as the university standard just makes life easier for everyone. I use a Mac and don’t want to switch; without MS Office for the Mac, I’d have no choice but to use a PC at work.

      1. I agree. I hope MS updates Offce for Mac soon and makes it even more like it’s hated PC variety. Dislike Office all we like, for the time being it is still the standard in big business and government. I am glad I can use a Mac at work, and it is mostly because of Office on the Mac.

      1. What iWorks doesn’t do is let you easily collaborate with people using Office. As much as I hate Word (I actually use Adobe FrameMaker for my serious word smithing) it is the *only* solution when you have to deal with several different organizations.

        Given how often Office 2008 for the Mac crashes, and how some features don’t translate well from PC to Mac versions, I’d almost be begging for a Mac update. OTOH, I absolutely refuse to get into the software subscription racket, so I make do. That said, iWorks just isn’t an option, as much as I’d prefer that it be.

        1. I don’t think many people give iWork a fair try. Just because many say it can’t replace Office doesn’t make it true. I was frequently the only one at my work who could consistently open Office documents from my Windows colleagues when they couldn’t.

          1. Ok, I’ll bite…

            Last month I worked on a stupid flyer for our condo association. I did it in pages.

            My colleagues said, “we want to make some changes”. I said go to iCloud and use the web version. It’s free.

            They said “don’t have it, can you send us the Word file?”

            So. There you go. Fair chance given. Failed.

          2. You know the outputs aren’t perfect word files. Neither do the tables convert properly. Further, pages can’t split rows of tables over a page break. It shifts the whole row to the next page. Which is not helpful.

        2. … with Word that you CANNOT do with Pages – the latest, or the previous – maybe you should examine WHY you are doing “that” thing, “that” way. Maybe you are showing off? Maybe the twit who designed the form the company requires you to use is showing off?
          Seriously, WHY must you do a simple thing in a complex way?

  2. The employees in the Mac Business Unit were transferred to Office for Surface project. I have sympathy for the MBU. They worked in an isolation lab. Even today, their 2010 Apple iMacs and MacBooks might cause an epidemic of malaise throughout the campus. The MBU was like a UN mission in Somalia. Doomed, I say!

  3. I disagree, its still a standard in business and to be fully or close to fully compatible as possible Office is needed on the Mac for some places. Open Office, etc isn’t and alternative in some situations.

    1. Yes, it is a standard, and Excel in particular is an amazing tool for people who actually have a need to REALLY know how to use its full functionality (or even 20% of its functionality). Most Office users don’t have clue about “pivot tables,” for example, and the most complex thing they do with Excel is to make simple data tables and charts.

      Because it is a standard, Microsoft does not need to update it very much at this point. They are only adding more tool bars and “ribbons,” and other “eye candy” features. They do this in the Windows world, because they need to give customers a reason to pay for the next upgrade. And now, they are trying to make Office (for Windows) “touch first,” which will alienate Office power users in the same way that Windows 8 alienated non-tablet Windows users in general.

      Mac users who use Office by choice or necessity should be happy that there is no new version in the works for the near future.

  4. The biggest problem with the persistence of Office is that it it could be easily replaced for the vast majority of enterprise users by other tools (such as Pages), and no functionality would be missed. However, as nobody in IT ever got fired for buying Microsoft, we are simply stuck with Office as THE standard, without any possibility to consider alternatives.

    1. In the enterprise a large portion of the server backend is Microsoft. Sharepoint, Exchange, etc. work best with Office as the client software. Unless the entire company moves off Microsoft’s server products it’s better to keep the Mac users on Office. To do otherwise is to introduce a world of pain to the Mac users.

  5. People on this forum love to pretend the 90’s didn’t happen but sorry they did, MS became the standard practice for companies and the bigger the Co the longer it will take them to change to a different standard. I use Excel not just because I’ve used it for nearly 20 years on both Macs and Windoze but Numbers does not do it on really large complex stuff. Numbers is great for simpler spreadsheets. What other option is there? Google spreadsheets aren’t as good as Numbers is, what else is out there that competes and provides 100% file compatibility with the other people using Excel?
    If you don’t have an intelligent answer, then there is the answer as to why it still matters about MS office on the Mac.

    The more Mac’s that sell and hopefully catch up to Windows share the better.

  6. Here’s the problem for business users. I have tried on several occasions to generate not-to-complex documents in Pages, using iCloud collaborative editing, sharing the documents as PDF, and/or “saved-as” Word versions with colleagues on Windows computers. At some point, I invariably need to give a MS Word version over to Windows folks who need them, and little things will creep in that simply do not export well from Pages to Word. At some point, the trouble is more than its worth and I would have been better off starting out and staying with MS Word from the beginning. Too many other users and businesses are Word users to start and stay with Pages. Pages is great for personal documents or in an all-Mac environment, but when sharing with the world at large, its problematic. Going with “free” or Word-compatible software (Google Docs, OpenOffice, etc.) sometimes have similar issues. There is good compatibility between Mac and Windows Word, so that is not an issue.

    So — it is possible to avoid Word, but not always productive.

    At least the Mac versions of Word have a decent (not as good as Pages, but…) interface compared to the convoluted Windows versions — I do hope that any future upgrades to Mac Word will avoid that.

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