German Microsoft Executive Thorsten Hübschen, who oversees Microsoft Office development in Germany, spoke at the CeBIT computer show this week and revealed that an updated Office for Mac will land sometime this year. This news was first reported by Computerwoche.de and relayed by AppleInsider.
Microsoft’s latest Office for Mac is version 2011, which was made available in 2010. Shortly after release, Microsoft disbanded its Mac business and stopped work on the project. A recent reorganization, though, has renewed the company’s enthusiasm in Office for the Mac, with officials within Microsoft speaking to enterprise customers about their level of interest in the OS X product.
Hübschen spoke openly about Office for Mac, but he did not discuss Microsoft’s plans for the iPad and iPhone. Sources suggest that Microsoft abandoned the iOS endeavor, but Microsoft journalist Mary Jo Foley said last month that Office for the iPad actually may debut before a touch-enabled version of Office for Microsoft Windows 8.
While Microsoft has allows Office for the Mac to stagnate, Apple has continued to update its iWork suite. The company released an iCloud version of it iWorks suite of apps, including Pages, Numbers and Keynote. The company also updates its OS X versions of the productivity suite, but faced criticism from power users who were disappointed in the simplification of the apps.
Are you an Office for Mac user? Would you buy an updated version or have you switched to Apple’s iWork suite?