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Don't expect new features in Mac suite for Office 365, says Microsoft

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 14, 2012
Although customers who subscribe to Office 365 will be able to install and run Office for Mac as part of the five-copies-per-plan deal, the Mac suite will sport few changes, Microsoft has said.

Instead, Microsoft offers a SkyDrive app for OS X. Office for Mac users can manually save documents to SkyDrive, or set each application's default file location to SkyDrive.

Microsoft declined to say when it would release a new edition of Office for Mac, but repeated what it told some media outlets last month, that it would definitely not be alongside Office 2013.

"Historically, Office for Mac is updated several months following the release of a new Office on Windows," said Jevon Sark, senior marketing manager for Office for Mac.

Two years ago Microsoft launched Office 2010 in June 2010, followed by Office for Mac 2011 in October of that year. If the company follows the same timetable -- and assuming it starts selling Office 2013 in late January or early February 2013 -- a new Office for Mac could appear as soon as June 2013.

Microsoft has not disclosed the release date for Office 2013 and the new Office 365, or what the stand-alone software and subscription plans will cost. Analysts expect Office 365 Home Premium to run less than $6 a month, or approximately $14.40 per year for each of the five Office licenses.

The Office 365 previews that rely on Office 2013 -- the Mac choice will not appear until the subscription plans debut -- can be accessed by starting at this Microsoft website.



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