Support clock ticks on Office for Mac 2011, but next version nowhere in sight

“The clock is ticking on support for Office for the Mac 2011, and there’s no sign from Microsoft of a replacement,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“According to the Redmond, Wash. company’s lifecycle policy, Office for the Mac 2011 will fall off support on Jan. 12, 2016, or slightly more than 18 months from now,” Keizer reports. “Although Microsoft supports the Windows suite for 10 years, it provides fixes and security patches for the Mac edition for only five.”

“Microsoft has continued to remain mum on the next iteration of the suite on OS X,” Keizer reports. “One reason Microsoft may not be talking about the next OS X-based Office, as well as a factor in its release schedule, is the expected appearance of OS X 10.10, aka Yosemite, this fall. Yosemite will include a host of new features, some that Microsoft would certainly like to include in the next version of Office.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. I dumped M$ Word in 1990 and haven’t looked back. Unfortunately, the higher-ups *always* have their assistants send text memos as Word attachments. Fortunately, Quick Look usually shows me without using Word what I should just as well have ignored. Sometimes I think the rise to upper management level causes an inverse in intelligence level.

  2. Microsoft cancelled the next version of Mac office after losing almost all of its early beta testers through rampant alcoholism and suicide. One UX tester went postal after being asked to explain why he wasn’t using the ribbon interface much.

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