Microsoft announced Office 2013 earlier this week and issued a consumer preview of the software to users running Windows 7 or Windows 8. If you were wondering why there was no preview for Mac OS X, it’s because Office 2013 isn’t coming to the Mac. Microsoft will, however, be adding SkyDrive integration to Office 2011. Great.
Office 2013 boasts a whole host of improvements, including support for touch-based devices, cloud-based storage via SkyDrive, and the introduction of Yammer, a private social network for businesses. The only part of this Mac users will enjoy, however, is SkyDrive integration.
The Verge reports that Microsoft has confirmed that an update to Office 2011 for Mac will introduce SkyDrive integration and the ability to store your Office documents in the cloud. Like Dropbox, SkyDrive allows you to send your files to the Internet, rather than storing them locally, which allows you to access them from almost any Internet-connected device.
The update will arrive alongside the Office 2013 release, and that appears to be all you’ll get if you use a Mac.
Discussing the possibility of a future Office for Mac edition, Microsoft confirmed to us that there is no Office for Mac 2013 release planned. “We haven’t announced the next release of Office for Mac,” says a Microsoft spokesperson.
Although Mac users won’t be interested in the software’s new Metro user interface anyway, it’s still disappointing news to those who have remained loyal to Office. Those with a new Retina MacBook Pro are likely to be even more upset, knowing they must endure the low-resolution artwork in Office 2011 for the foreseeable future.
There is always Boot Camp, of course.
Source: The Verge