Menu
Microsoft will release a new version of Office for Mac this year

Microsoft will release a new version of Office for Mac this year

At the Cebit trade show in Germany, a company official said there should be more news of the office suite in the second quarter

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.

The version available today, Office:mac 2011, lags far behind the latest Windows version in terms of user interface and functionality, although it has been updated since its release so it can be used as part of an Office 365 subscription.

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.

A new version of the package is long overdue.

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.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftAppleoperating systemssoftwareapplicationscebitOffice suitesMac OS

Featured

Slideshows

Ingram Micro maintains Showcase 2018 momentum in Wellington

Ingram Micro maintains Showcase 2018 momentum in Wellington

Ingram Micro maintained Showcase 2018 momentum in Wellington, hosting more than 40 vendors at TSB Arena. Under the banner of Leading the Way, the event demonstrated what’s new, what’s next and how it can be used to improve business and everyday life.

Ingram Micro maintains Showcase 2018 momentum in Wellington
Ingram Micro launches Showcase 2018 in Christchurch

Ingram Micro launches Showcase 2018 in Christchurch

Ingram Micro kickstarted Showcase 2018 in Christchurch, hosting more than 40 vendors at Horncastle Arena. Under the banner of Leading the Way, the event demonstrated what’s new, what’s next and how it can be used to improve business and everyday life.

Ingram Micro launches Showcase 2018 in Christchurch
Data breach notification laws in NZ: How can partners prepare?

Data breach notification laws in NZ: How can partners prepare?

This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable outlined the responsibilities facing security partners today, assessing risk while evaluating the role of the vendor in providing added layers of protection.

Data breach notification laws in NZ: How can partners prepare?
Show Comments