“Microsoft is reportedly preparing to ship a new version of its Office for Mac productivity suite later this year in what would be the first major update to the software in nearly four years,” Shane Cole reports for AppleInsider.
“Thorsten Hübschen, the Microsoft executive who oversees Office in Germany, revealed the software giant’s plans at this week’s CeBIT computer industry show in Hanover,” Cole reports. “German trade publication Computerwoche was first with the news.”
“Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft disbanded its Mac business unit soon after the most recent version of the suite, Office:Mac 2011, hit shelves in 2010,” Cole reports. “There was no word from Hübschen on Microsoft’s plans for a version of Office tailored for Apple’s iOS, where it remains conspicuously absent.”
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MacDailyNews Take: What is this ancient crap about which Shane writes?
Oh, that mess. Well, if you’re still shackled to Microsoft’s bloated morass of overpriced overkill, our condolences.
As for Office for iOS:
The more people who learn the fact that they do not need Office and the quicker they learn it, the better. For all we care (being 100% Microsoft free for as long as we can remember) wait until you’re dead, Microsoft. The world would be a better place without you and your ilk. – MacDailyNews, March 1, 2013
The longer Microsoft dithers, the more people wake up to the fact that Office is not necessary. iPad is taking the enterprise by storm. No Microsoft Office needed. Take your time, dummies. – MacDailyNews, April 10, 2013
Microsoft had a chance to preserve one of their cash cows by making Office for iOS and Android. That window of opportunity is closing, if it hasn’t already. The world has or soon will realize that, no, actually you do not need Microsoft Office to word process or create spreadsheets and presentations. The failure to create Office for iOS and Android in a misguided push to sell tablets and phones running Microsoft OSes will be looked at as one of, if not the, biggest mistake Microsoft made during their ill-fated attempt to recover after being repeatedly, unmercifully steamrolled by Apple’s Steve Jobs with the iPhone, iPad, iCloud, App Store and the rest of the formidable iOS ecosystem. – MacDailyNews, July 12, 2013
iPad and iPhone are already firmly ensconced into the Fortune 500 and SMB without Microsoft’s bloated morass of insecure spaghetti-code. The world is rapidly learning that it can live without Office and, by failing to pollute iOS devices with their crapware, Microsoft is spreading the news better than anyone. – MacDailyNews, January 30, 2013
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]
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