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Microsoft pushes Office for the Mac out to next January

By  Aug 7, 2007

Topics: Productivity

The Mac Business Unit of Microsoft said yesterday that Office 2008 for Mac won’t be available until the middle of January 2008.

 (For most of this year, Microsoft has been saying Office 2008 would ship in the second half of this year.)

The delay certainly is not devastating. I’ve made it three years using Office 2004 for Mac, and waiting a bit longer for the next version is OK.

I am disappointed I have to wait till next year for a Mac version of Office that will handle the Office 2007 file formats without using the converter Microsoft is offering.

And I’m disappointed that I’ll have to wait to run Word and the rest of the suite natively on my MacBook Pro. Right now, Office needs Apple’s Rosetta software to run on my Intel-based Mac.

I guess it’s a testament to how good Rosetta is that I hardly notice a difference running Office on my Intel Mac as when I used it run it on my PowerPC Macs.