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New releases of Microsoft Office aren't the big events they used to be, but if you still rely on Richmond's juggernaut of an office suite, you might be glad to know that a new Mac version is on the way for Mac sometime this year. The news was revealed to Computerwoche (via MacWorld) at the Cebit trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
The current version of Office for Mac is a bit of a dinosaur in computer terms, having originally appeared way back in the autumn of 2010. Thorsten Hübschen, business group lead at Microsoft Germany, told Computerwoche that each Office application now has special development teams working on creating versions of the applications for different platforms, which seems to indicate that the applications are in their final stages of production. We know Mac OS X is on the way, but this latest release could also include support for iOS and Android.
Earlier reports suggested that we'd see the new office suite this spring, but the news from Germany seems to indicate that it won't appear until later this year. "The team is hard at work on the next version of Office for Mac," a Microsoft representative said in an email. "While I don't have details to share on timing, when it’s available, Office 365 subscribers will automatically get the next Office for Mac at no additional cost."
If Hübschen's comments about support for other platforms besides Mac OS X bear any weight, it's possible this new release could also deliver the iPad support many of us have waited for over the course of several years.
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