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Seattle Post-Intelliger looks at Microsoft\'s MacBU

updated 02:50 pm EST, Fri January 30, 2004

Microsoft\'s MacBU

The Seattle-Post Intelligencer offers a , which it says is "one of the closest things to neutral ground in a computer world divided into technological factions. The Mac BU, as it's known, makes Microsoft software for Apple computers, bridging the gulf between the companies' operating systems and linking their respective followers in the process. It may be the only place at Microsoft where someone can be spotted wearing an 'I Don't Do Windows' shirt. And nowhere else would a Microsoft employee, recounting a speech where he captivated a crowd, liken himself to Apple's Steve Jobs, rather than to Microsoft's Bill Gates."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Nice spin

    Fix Entourage and all the exchange server problems, fix the fact that secure docs in Office 2003 aren't supported with Office 2004 Mac.
    Talk is cheap. Office is expensive. Fix it and they will come.

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    yeah they luv us so much

    that they forgot to include XML implementation.....

    iOffice!!

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    Jobs vs Gates

    Do people elsewhere at Microsoft seriously compare themselves to Bill Gates because of a captivating speech? Whatever else Gates is, I've never heard him described as "captivating."

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    pathetic

    Yes, because MacBU is so neutral that it makes software that and falsely claim its compatibility with the MAC?

    Just use Windows Media Player for the Mac and you know what im talking about. In most circumstances it doesn't even play its own .WMA files that works perfectly on the my PC.

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    Job vs Gates

    What do you care if Bill Gates gives captivating speeches? Heck, Jim Jones was a capitaviting speaker and so was Hitler. So Steve Jobs is a capitaviting speaker, no doubt about that, does that mean you have to be a lemming?

    Sheesh. While PC users camp have too many idiots, we have too many sheeps.

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    baaahhh!

    I'm a sheep. Go Jobs!!! I am at the mercy of his RDF.

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    Mac BU

    I know it probably isn't the Mac BU's fault- but CMON!!! Microsoft makes INFERIOR products for Macs compared to the ones they make for their own OSes. Give us REAL exchange server compatibility with Entourage. Give us XML support for Excel 2004. Give us a Windows Media Player that isn't some half-baked port. Give us Access. Give us some real, well-programmed stable Mac versions that are nearly 100% identical and compatible with their Office 2003 equivalents. Somehow I doubt it will ever happen. We are stuck with paying for a mega slow IMAP client for Exchange@! We are stuck with future file compatibility issues between Excel files. We are forced to "migrate" to Windows XP because "Access only runs on PC's" If you guys really love Macs so much in the Mac BU, you'd speak up at these board meetings with Monkey Boy and Vole-man. And Jesus you need more than 160 employees to fix that atrocious piece of s*** called Entourage!!!

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    We have so many

    So many sheep we have to call them sheeps.

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    In all fairness to the BU

    They have made excellent products from time to time. There have been years where the Mac Office release was superior to the Windows one, IE 5 on a Mac was superior in many way at the time.

    I suspect these guys would love the go-ahead to kick some mac a**, but getting corporate or budget support must be a nightmare. As I recall, the whole Exchange thing was because the Mac BU didn't have access to anything coming out of the Outlook group.

    Anyway, no question they're lagging now. Office 2004 looks underwhelming and the VPC purchase seems to indicate that Microsoft's long-term plan is to provide Mac "support" for their flagship apps through emulation.

    I have a lot of respect for those guys though, they must put up with a lot over there.

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    worser

    Gates is the _worser_ of the two.

    > So many sheep we have to call them sheeps.

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