Shameless Office for Mac delays again


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The .docx etc converter for Mac users is delayed yet again — doesn’t Microsoft have any shame left?

It’s hard not to conclude that the managers in charge of Microsoft Office for Mac are quite shameless – at least when it comes to compatibility with Microsoft’s own document standards.

While Microsoft is trying to get the Open XML document formats (.docx etc) recognized as a global standard their own Mac division still can’t (or won’t) release a full set of compatibility tools.

On Thursday Microsoft announced an update for Office 2008 for Mac and buried in that message was a note that instead of making an Office 2004 compatibility pack being available:



  • in late 2006 (when Office 2007 and the Open XML format went public )

  • or 6-8 weeks after the release of Office 2008 (as promised until today)

  • it is now due in ‘late June 2008’.

The stand-alone beta converter is still available but despite the title “Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac” it only handles Word 2007 and Powerpoint 2007 documents to a limited extent with Excel 2007 ignored altogether.

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