Microsoft Won’t Bring Office 2013 To Mac, But It Will Add SkyDrive Integration To Office 2011

Microsoft Won’t Bring Office 2013 To Mac, But It Will Add SkyDrive Integration To Office 2011

You’ll need Boot Camp to enjoy this on your Mac.

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.

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  • rockymtnhigh

    Meh…. dumped Word a year ago for Nisus writer pro 2.0. Far superior word processor, and compatible with Office. Fast, easy to use, lets you focus more on writing, and has a far simpler interface. Sure I have Office on my machine for when others send stuff that I need to use Word for, but 99% of the time, Word sits taking up space on the hard drive.

  • joewaylo

    There are plenty of other Office options already available even if Microsoft doesn’t do Office 2013. QuickOffice is one such and costs only $20 compared to Office 2013 which would be $200+

  • gnomehole

    I’ve been an Office addict for years, but like Windows I think its time to cut the cord. Even 2011 is barely half of what 2010 is. Its nice to have something that is compatible at work, but I think there are better options. As for 365 integration… I don’t get the value. I have plenty of cloud storage already, I don’t need something from Microsoft.

  • Ivey West

    Why is this a surprise? The Windows and Mac versions of Office have always been released separately, and the Mac version just got a major update in 2011.

  • Kenton Presbrey

    Doesn’t bother me. I have Pages and Word and I haven’t found anything in Word that I can’t get done in Pages. Not to mention I absolutely HATE the Ribbon interface. Its so damn disorienting and looks unorganized. I’d rather have the sleek interface of Pages over Word any day of the week.

  • BWinski

    OR, finally, realize that their are MANY alternatives to the Microshaft BLOATWARE and simply walk away.

  • Shane Bryson

    Pretty poorly written article. This leads less informed readers to believe there will no longer be versions of Office for Mac. Office for Mac is always one year behind the Windows release, so of course there are no plans for a 2013 release.

  • mr_bee

    Who cares? I do all my word processing on the iOS now and have for years. Word is never coming to iOS or if it is, it will be years from now. Office and Word are on the fast track to irrelevancy in the consumer sphere.

  • dadaGuerilla

    I stopped installing Office on my Macs a while back. Why? Because I can use Confluence, TextWrangler, even TextEdit to pump out technical documentation for work. I do use Outlook.app on my work MacBook Pro because IT makes me, but on all my other machines, I just connect my Macs to my company’s Exchange server, and Mail.app, iCal.app, and Address Book.app handle email, appointments, and looking up colleagues just fine. So I think we’re quickly moving in the direction of Microsoft being able to make a short and sweet exit from the Mac stage.

  • vanmacguy

    Quote “Office 2013 boasts a whole host of improvements, including support for touch-based devices”, except that it doesn’t.

    Read this review of Office 2013 from Ars, (http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/07/office-2013-microsofts-bid-to-win-the-future/), which points out that only a tiny fraction of Office’s features are available in a touch interface and that you still need a mouse to be able to use it properly.

    What Microsoft released in the Surface isn’t a tablet but an ultrabook and what they’ve released in Office 2013 isn’t a “tablet-friendly Office suite” but an ultra book-friendly Office suite”.

    They’ve learned nothing in all these years of other people showing them the way.

  • RJENK

    We don’t need Skydrive or the new features of Office 2013. We Mac users of Office 2011 want bug fixes and fulfillment of promised features like table creation in Outlook.

  • jca488

    Office sucks. go full screen, then go back (on macbook) and the title bar hides behind the menu bar. WTCrap.
    The ribbon sucks. I don’t ever know where to go. its the least mac like app on my mac.
    Then again as many pointed out … the mac version usually comes out late anyway. another reason to feel neglected.
    Hopefully iWork steps it up a bit. it hasn’t been given major attention since 09.

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