Ship It, Ship It Good

Hello everyone,  I thought this would be good time to jump in and introduce myself.  I’m the Director of Marketing and Planning for MacBU – a longtime ‘softie and closing in on my first anniversary in the Macintosh Business Unit. Like most of us in MacBU, I’m a long time Mac user – and this…

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Office 2008 Coming January 2008

We announced today that Office 2008 for Mac will be released to manufacturing (“RTM”) this December, which will allow for retail availability in the US in mid-January (planning for Macworld), and allow us to deliver Office 2008 to our volume license customers and global customers in the first quarter of 2008. We had hoped to…

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Come and get it! RDC for Mac v2 beta

Today’s the day! As Craig (our fearless leader) announced a couple of weeks ago, we have now made a beta of Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac, version 2, available. You can download it from Mactopia (scroll down to get to the RDC v2 beta, it’s listed under ‘other products’). For me, RDC is one…


Coming soon

I am happy to say that the week of July 30th we will be releasing a beta of our latest Remote Desktop Connection client (and it’s a universal binary – I have seen a number of folks ask about that), along with Beta 2 of our file format converters. This update of our file format…

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Wait, wait, I’m here

My first blog post, while written by yours truly, wasn’t posted by yours truly – my marketing team created an account for me and posted the blog entry so we could make sure it happened in a timely way during the frenzy of my first day.    With the initial scramble over, I now have control…

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Get converted

As previously announced, and as indicated by the lower frequency in blogcasting here, everyone at MacBU is exceedingly busy completing Office 2008, which is on track for release later this year. This work is our primary focus, and is the largest undertaking in our ten year history as an independent team.  We are developing the…

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The Times They Are A Changin’

For many Entourage users prior to today, March 2007 was a month to lose sleep over. The United States Energy Policy Act of 2005 shifted the observation of Daylight Savings Time from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March. As a result, a majority of us living in the United States…

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Converters Coming! Free and (Fairly) Fast.

There’s been some pretty alarmist news stories this morning (apcstart.com; CrunchGear) about file format converters and Office for Mac. Because some of these stories seem designed more to inflame than inform, I want to reiterate our previously reported intention to provide free converters, clarify our timing for their release, and also give some direction on…

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Office Delay? Ya Don’t Say.

No, seriously, you don’t say (or shouldn’t), because it isn’t true. Over the last few days, some Mac sites have been reporting that the Universal Binary version of Office for Mac (officially unnamed, but currently code-named Office 12) has been delayed, but there is no delay or deviation from our development schedule. We’re hitting our…

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Mac Office Updates

Today we released update 11.3.0 for Office 2004 for Mac. You can get this update through Microsoft AutoUpdate or you can download it from the Mactopia site. You can trigger the update yourself by clicking Check for Update from the Help menu of your favorite Office 2004 for Mac application. In addtion we updated Microsoft…