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Microsoft Office 2004 to ship in May

updated 12:30 am EDT, Tue April 6, 2004

Microsoft Office 2004

Microsoft today announced that in eight days, for Mac will be released to manufacturers for production. The new productivity suite is available for pre-order today, from the Apple Store online,, MacConnection, MacMall and MacZone. It will ship by the third week of May, according to Microsoft. "Customer feedback on early versions of Office 2004 for Mac has been overwhelmingly positive; we are really excited to get it out the door and into the hands of our customers," said Roz Ho, general manager for the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft. The new version includes charting improvements in Excel 2004, smart buttons in Word and Excel 2004, new design templates, 'Save As Picture' in Office, and 'Soft Shadows' in Office.

by MacNN Staff





  1. medmuse

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Oboy. I can hardly wait for the new wizard; a dancing paperclip Satan: "I see you're using Unix derived Mac OS X. Would you like Word to help you send a template letter to SCO?" "Would you like to upgrade to the new MS/Sun Java?"


  1. MDiddy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iSync Intergration??!?!

    I can't find anywhere if this offers synchornization with iSync? I think that should be a vital feature. Being able to sync my calendars/address book with my BT Phone, Clie, & iPod without buying 3rd party software should be a given. Anyone know if its going to be there or not?

  1. bsaxton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Processor Hungry

    I'm running a 500MHz iMac. I ran Activity Viewer and found that Word alone was eating between 1/4 to 1/3 of my processor time just sitting with an open doc in the background. Anyone else notice this? Slowed my computer down quite a bit.

    I had the same problem with Word 98 when my iMac was 333MHz. If I had an MP3 player running in the background (Pre-iTunes and Sound Jam), the sound would skip because Word was hoggin the CPU. I imagine Office X contains over 90% of the code from Office 98 (maybe Office 6!). Anybody know if this is true?

    Sure wish Apple could offer a competitive, yet compatible, product for word. AppleWorks and TextEdit just don't quite cut it...

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Word 5.1a

    Still the best version they ever made. Office 2004 is a solution in search of a problem.

  1. John Lockwood

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Emperor's New Suit

    Perhaps the title above should be "The Emperor's New Suite" as in Office Suite?

    Office 2004 very much reminds me of the story by Hans Christian Andersen (see the link below)

    Office 2004 is mostly a cosmetic upgrade with the important addition in that is ALLEGEDLY vastly more reliable.

    Microsoft are so busy putting a marketing spin on Office 2004 (to generate even more upgrade revenue) that they have failed to notice that it does not deliver what users want.

    It is completely lacking in any important new features THAT USERS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR.

    Word 2004 will STILL NOT support right to left text (for Arabic and Hebrew). Indications are that this MIGHT be added to the next Mac Office version after Office 12 for Windows (which means 2006 at the earliest).

    Entourage 2004 is still a very poor MS Exchange client and nowhere near comparable with Outlook for Windows.

    MSN Messenger 4 (to be included with Office 2004) still will not support Video and Voice links to MSN Messenger for Windows.

    In conclusion Office 2004 has no clothes.

  1. haunebu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No thanks.

    Office 2004 is a feature incomplete product that delivers minor enhancements nobody asked for, while completely lacking the features users have been clammoring for.

    Microsoft is definitely winding down its investment in the Mac platform, and with excellent alternative technologies being provided elsewhere, I couldn't care less.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Sure wish Apple could offer a competitive, yet compatible, product for word. AppleWorks and TextEdit just don't quite cut it...

    Oh sure, then you all bemoan how Apple is driving all the developers from the platform by deliverying software that competes with the third parties.

    And don't be telling me that this only delivers minor enhancements. Didn't you see the demo!!! You can print preview an Excel spreadsheet. And while its still in preview mode, YOU CAN EDIT THE DATA! This is incredible! This is....well, nevermind. Give me some time, I'll find something that Office has added since 2000 that actually is worthy of mention....

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Did they add MAPI?

    No? Then as far as I'm concerned, this is a useless update.

  1. ibookmark

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Office 2004

    When, if ever, will MS offer an Apple version of Access? Is there any alternatives out there for the Mac?

  1. ibeetle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I use both mac/pc version

    My wife and I both use the Mac and Windows versions of Office. Office ultamitly runs better on our Macs. Than on the Wintel boxes at our works.
    As others have reported on some macs for some reason Office slows the computer down. On my iMac I have this problem but on my wifes iBook there is no slow down what so ever.

    We downloaded open office and are currently playing arond with that but so far my wife doesn't like it. I still haven't made up my mind.

    The sad fact is that Microsoft maybe the evil empire. And Windows is a horrorable OS but... Office is good software.

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