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Universal Mac Office, Messenger coming

updated 05:40 pm EDT, Mon August 7, 2006

Universal Office coming

The Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) of Microsoft today announced that it would offer a Universal version of its flagship MS Office productivity suite and Mac Messenger client. The company said it has made great strides in gradually transitioning to the new platform as Apple completes its transition to Intel-based Macs. The impact of the new architecture and operating system capabilities combined with the Mac BU's support of Mac OS tools and technologies has led the Mac BU to several product roadmap decisions aimed at providing Mac customers with solutions to meet their needs. "Tens of millions of lines of code have been 100 percent transitioned to Xcode on the road to a Universal version of Office for Mac," says the Mac BU.

"The Mac BU also will provide free, downloadable converters to allow users of current versions of Office for Mac to read the new Microsoft Office Open XML formats following the availability of Office for Windows," the company said.

Microsoft Messenger for Mac 6.0 is the first Universal application from the Mac BU, and will be available in late 2006. The software will deliver numerous new features which include federation for Messenger for Mac personal users with Yahoo! Messenger customers, customized emoticons, and spell checking. Additionally, users can display a personal message or the song they're listening to in iTunes.

Universal Remote Desktop Connection

A new, free, Universal version of the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) Client for Mac is already under development that allows Mac users to access Windows-based computers on their network. The next version of RDC is planned as a fully supported free product.

by MacNN Staff





  1. dscottbuch

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Visual Basic is a problem

    Stopping support of VB, espeically in Excel, will kill cross-compatability for serious users - again, especially in Excel. This may be the beginning of the end for MS Office between Mac and PC. Anyone know what the scripting/macros are like in open office?

  1. schwie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Redmond, we have a proble

    You've got to be kidding me?! Killing VB for the Mac?! This is a complete deal breaker... It'd be one thing if they said they can't ship it in time for Office 2007, but atleast make a statement that you'll support it in the future (maybe with Office 2009 - but I guess thats too far out).

    I use Visual Basic scripting extensively on Excel for my job. I'm going to have to look long and hard at using NeoOffice in the future. I sure hope it supports VB...

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Transitioning the

    Mac Office code based to Xcode must be a huge effort. This a smart announcement for Microsoft to make on the day that Apple completes its Mac Intel transition.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Once again, Messenger...

    I'm certainly glad that the most important product, Microsoft Messenger, was being prioritized for the transition port, since certainly more people want, and are using that piece f c***, than, say, Office... Once again, the Mac BU is demonstrating, beyond the shadow of a doubt, where their problems are squarely placed - management.

    A beautiful illustration how formerly good programmers can become marginalized and mediocre. Pity.

  1. tom_heijtink

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pushing Apple,

    I hope this pushes Apple to develop their own office product. They can do much better. I must admit that they don't have a lot of experience in these fields. But Apple is creative enough to create a better product in a couple releases. Apple give us our own word processing aps and spreadsheet creating apps. Let's be more independent with regards to these things. as Windows will close its windows more and more.

  1. Fotek2001

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no VB, no Office for Mac

    Having VB support is absolutely critical for us. If Microsoft drop this, we'll have no choice but to switch to Windows.

    Well done... NOT!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: pushing apple

    I hope this pushes Apple to develop their own office product. They can do much better. I must admit that they don't have a lot of experience in these fields. But Apple is creative enough to create a better product in a couple releases.

    Except Apple's not known for making really great complex apps. The ones they have they've generally bought. I just don't see Apple coming up with an Excel killer with all the scripting people need in it (and even if they did, without Office compatibility, it may not help).

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    testudo, once again...

    Apple buys their complex applications?! You are such a troll!

    You might have well said the grass is blue and the sky is green.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969



    OK, MS BU... where's Exchange support? calendars, global address, etc...

    I agree it is a management issue. They just won't let them complete these very simple additions. They are WAY too afraid of the interoperability.

    Killing VB is likely the same issue. Why in the world would it be difficult? Unless microsoft is dropping VB across the board for something else and we just don't know that fact yet. Can you imagine if MS comes out with Vista and Vista Office which has a whole new scripting language?

  1. wrhowell

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: pushing apple

    apple bought final cut from macromedia & logic from emagic.

    (don't call people trolls. be nice.)

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