Microsoft Has No Plans To Update Office 2011 For Retina Display Macs

Microsoft Has No Plans To Update Office 2011 For Retina Display Macs

Users say this looks “crap” and “very fuzzy” on the Retina MacBook Pro.

Microsoft Office 2011 looks awful on the new MacBook Pro’s Retina display. But unfortunately for its customers, it seems Microsoft has no plans to add high-resolution graphics. While Outlook 2011 does have Retina graphics, the company has confirmed that the rest of the suite will have “the same viewing quality as on any non-Retina device.”

Macworld repots that Office users with the next-generation MacBook Pro have been complaining that apps like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint look “very fuzzy,” “crap” and “blurry” on its high-resolution Retina display. The problem is, it seems that situation isn’t going to change anytime soon.

In a post on the Office for Mac blog, a Microsoft representative replying to use comments confirmed that although Outlook 2011 supports the Retina display, “the remaining apps will have the same viewing quality as on any non-Retina device.”

They continued: “Unfortunately at this time, we cannot comment on any future updates regarding supporting Retina on Word, Excel or Powerpoint.”

This is hardly surprising considering the productivity suite doesn’t even support some of the key features introduced in OS X Lion more than a year ago. Although Microsoft claims the software is “ready for Mountain Lion,” it’s still lacking things like Auto Save and Versions that Mac users have come to rely on in software of this kind.

Those hoping for Retina graphics for Office will probably have to wait until Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2013 next year.

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  • Chris Maddison

    I actually received my MacBook Pro with Retina Display yesterday and whilst I love the computer I was truly shocked at just how bad Office 2011 looks on the Retina display. I can appreciate that no company can make changes based on every user request but Microsoft really need to learn how to talk to their customers and at least show some signs of wanting to encourage people to use their products. It’s as if they didn’t even care if people use their office suite. For the time being I’m having to rely completely on iWork – at least the text is readable.

  • Lars Pallesen

    Microsoft has no plans to update Office 2011 for Retina display Macs.
    In a brief statement to the press Microsoft’s product manager for MS Office said:

    “Microsoft Office has always looked awful on the Mac! Why would we want to change that now?”

  • IAmTimBaker

    Screw MS Office. Hopefully Apple will seize this opportunity to really make iWork a truly competitive product and cut out the need for Office to begin with.

    Keynote is already light-years better than PowerPoint, and I’d take Numbers over Excel any day of the week, however I can see if you’re someone that’s an Excel power-user and need the advanced features that are tailored to accounting professionals and other similar fields, Numbers won’t cut it.

    The weakest of the three iWork apps is Pages, and it’s not even that far off. If they can polish it and make it function a little more like a fully-functioning word processor, there’s really no reason that the need for Office on a Mac can’t be eliminated. The only thing really hurting iWork from replacing Office on the Mac is it’s ability to properly save files in Office formats and have them display correctly cross-platform; at least, that’s been the issue that my organization has when sending Office-formatted versions of docs created in iWork to PC users.

  • markrlangston

    This is MS as it’s worst. Tossing their weight around because they have the most popular and often used office suite products on the planet.

    I understand stifling the competition is par for the course in the tech industry (see: Google Maps replaced by new Apple maps in iOS 6) but the best thing to do would be to not release the product at all or simply tell Mac users that the time for unity between Apple and MS is over.

    They did it with Internet Explorer.

    No one wants to see that happen especially Apple. As good as the iWork suite is there’s no other collection of products more prevalent in the work place MS Office.

    The elephant in the room is why does Outlook support Retina but nothing else does? And why did MS start with Outlook rather than go for the leader of pack, Word?

  • throttlemeister

    How does “Microsoft Has No Plans To Update Office 2011 For Retina Display Macs” translate to “Unfortunately at this time, we cannot comment on any future updates regarding supporting Retina on Word, Excel or Powerpoint.”?

    Microsoft NEVER comments on future updates.

    Ask the same question to Adobe regarding Lightroom, and you get the same official answer, even though unofficially, they are working on it.

    This is not news reporting, this is mood setting.

  • Chris Lang
  • Proto732

    1. Apple doesn’t alert software vendors of hardware changes for secret products months ahead of the release so software vendors can be prepared.
    2. I am sure rewriting the office isn’t a simple matter of a few lines of code.
    3. Office for Mac 2011 is likely a tiny percentage of the overall MS Office sales
    4. Office for Mac 2011 running on Retina MacBooks is a tiny percentage of overall Macs running MS Office
    5. MS issues patches for Office for Mac routinely…

    end of line.

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