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Mac Office users want Retina support from Microsoft

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 15, 2012
Mac owners want Microsoft to update Office for Mac so it supports Retina-equipped MacBook Pros because they say the suite is unusable as it is

Last year, just after Apple delivered Lion, a Microsoft senior director of product development said his company was "working hard with Apple to enable versioning, auto save and full-screen" for Office for Mac 2011, and added that the timeline was "likely measured in months."

Some requested improvements, including support for iCloud -- Apple's online storage and sync service that's integrated into Mountain Lion -- will probably never appear. Microsoft has never signaled interest in iCloud, and instead touts its own SkyDrive. One possible reason: Apple requires software with ties to iCloud be sold through its Mac App Store, which would require Microsoft to give 30% of all Office for Mac revenue there to its rival.

Office for Mac 2011's next big move has nothing to do with new features, but everything to do with Microsoft's strategy to "lease" that suite and Office 2013 for Windows through subscription plans. Microsoft will update Office for Mac 2011 to make it available to subscribers, but has said it will make no other immediate changes to the software.

 

 

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