updated 01:05 pm EDT, Tue October 14, 2003
Microsoft's Business Unit (Mac BU) has launched a new at its Mactopia website. The new area features case studies, success stories, how-to articles, plus results from an Answer Research survey and a new IDC report. The Compatibility Center is designed to "provide education and awareness about the pitfalls of incompatibility and the solutions that can help make this problem a distant memory."
Micrsoft notes that in a recent survey done with Answers Research, 92 percent of Mac users reported that the ability to communicate and share files with Windows users is 'very important'. However, users were also concerned about more advanced functions: 81 percent of Mac users edit and save documents started on another platform and nearly two-thirds even change the layout, while 80 percent of Mac users perform function requiring cross-platform compatibility at least once a week. The survey also found that while virtually all Office for Mac users rate it as the best in cross-platform compatibility, 71 percent of non-Office users feel that itís the choice for when compatibility really matter.