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.