Microsoft Will Finally Put Out A New Office For Mac This Year

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

The current Office for Mac hasn’t received a truly significant update since it came out in 2011. Now Microsoft is planning to finally release a new version of the software this year.

A Microsoft representative told Computerwoche in Germany that new versions of Office are in the works, and the company later confirmed the news to Macworld:

A representative for Microsoft confirmed that development work for the next version of Office for Mac is ongoing. “The team is hard at work on the next version of Office for Mac,” she said in an email. “While I don’t have details to share on timing, when it’s available, Office 365 subscribers will automatically get the next Office for Mac at no additional cost.”

Office:mac 2013 was apparently planned at one point, but Microsoft shut down its Mac business unit and the project was put on the back burner. The standalone Office for Mac blog was folded into the general Office Blogs yesterday.

Office for iPad has been rumored for years, but it looks like that app will finally come this year as well. Microsoft released Office Mobile for iPhone last summer, and the app currently has a two-in-a-half average star rating in the App Store.

  • http://mrguilt.tumblr.com/ MrGuilt

    Here’s the thing about Office (Mac or Windows): I don’t think there has been a significant change since Office ’97. Going from Office:Mac 2004 to 2011 made sense, as that was native Intel. But I can’t fathom what features they’d bring to the table that would justify an upgrade. We still have a system using 2004.

    Unless it’s a “we’re going to stop producing security patches” sort of nonsense, like XP.

    • Yuhong Bao

      Yea, I do wish that Office for Mac 2011 gets more than 5 years of support this time, though fortunately I think real world attacks against Office for Mac are rare.

  • flyover

    I hope somebody bothers to look at it before they ship it. My experience with ’11 is that it is basically unreliable. I literally have to re-enter my password a dozen times a day. The database crashes and have to be rebuilt at least twice a week. In spite of making all the changes suggested by their techs, upgrading to the latest version, it remains worthless. I have to run Mail simultaneously in order to ensure I get mail. It has a few features Mail doesn’t have, but some, like “out of office” only work with Enterprise accounts. Hopefully, they will have a little more pride in this version.

  • Derek Schlicker

    Here’s to hoping they true up feature parity with Windows.

    I’ve never understood the logic about why you’d limit your market in order to promote your OS.

  • sanfordandsons

    Why?

  • Jay Walker

    Maybe we’ll FINALLY get pivot tables. Office for Mac is _not_ business friendly as it is.

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