Microsoft will release a new office suite for the Mac before the end of this year, according to the company's manager for Office products in Germany.
Microsoft folded its Mac business unit, which developed the package, into its business software unit in 2010. It eventually shut it down entirely, according to German Office boss Thorsten Hübschen, so a planned version of Office:mac 2013 never appeared.
At the Cebit trade fair in Hanover, Hübschen told Computerwoche that there are now development teams for each of the Office applications, which each produce versions of their product for different platforms. In addition to MacOS, other possible targets for the future may include tablets running iOS and Android. Microsoft gave a hint in this direction when it released an Android SDK at its SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas last week.
Microsoft has said little officially about Office for Mac during the last year or so, and indeed closed its Office for Mac blog on Monday.
According to Hübschen, there should be more news in the second quarter of this year. He said that Microsoft is already talking to large customers about the new Mac package behind closed doors.
Windows will remain Microsoft's flagship user interface, and other platforms will resemble this as far as possible, although they will try to use the special capabilities of each platform as far as possible, he said.