Microsoft Makes Date For Mac OS X Office

 
 
By Matthew Rothenberg  |  Posted 2001-10-25 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Mac OS X-native version of Microsoft's Office suite took another step closer to store shelves on Wednesday, Oct. 24, when the company set a shipping date of Nov. 19 for the productivity package.

The Mac OS X-native version of Microsofts Office suite took another step closer to store shelves on Wednesday, Oct. 24, when the company set a shipping date of Nov. 19 for the productivity package. Microsoft said it has begun offering preorder sales of the Office X suite, which has been tailored to conform with the Carbon Application Programming Interfaces in Mac OS X, Apple Computers Unix-based operating system. The suite will cost $500, and upgrades will be $300 each.
Microsoft also reported that more than 90,000 Mac users have downloaded a free public beta of the suites Word component since the company unveiled it during Apple CEO Steve Jobs keynote speech at Septembers Seybold Seminars in San Francisco.
Erik Ryan, product manager of Microsofts Mac business unit, told Ziff Davis News Service that there are 900,000 registered Mac users of Office 2001. He said that Microsoft did not have information about how many of the new versions test pilots already used the word processing program, which dominates the Mac market. In addition to Carbon compliance, Microsoft Office X for Mac will include tweaks for Mac OS Xs Aqua interface and new features for the component applications in the Mac suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Entourage X e-mail client and personal information manager. The software will require Mac OS X 10.1.
Daniel Drew Turner contributed to this report.
 
 
 
 
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Matthew has been associated with Ziff Davis' news efforts for more than a decade, including an eight-year run with the print and online versions of MacWEEK. He also helped run the news and opinion operations at ZDNet and CNet. Matthew holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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