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Mac Users, The Wait For a New Version Of Office May Soon Be Over
Posted By Mark O'Neill On March 16, 2014 @ 6:00 pm In Technology Trends | 11 Comments
It isn’t easy to be an Apple fan and a fan of Microsoft Office, too. But some small business owners are certainly in that boat.You may prefer a Mac for work, but clients can’t stop sending you .doc files. So what is a Mac loving Microsoft Office using business owner to do?
Well, fortunately a solution is at hand. The last version of Microsoft Office for Mac  was put out way back in 2011. That’s like an eternity in software years. So it’s no wonder that talk of a new version of Office for Mac is causing some excitement.
Thorsten Hübschen, business group lead at Microsoft in Germany told  a magazine there that an update was coming “in the second half of 2014.”
According to that report, a special development team is hard at work on bringing out a new version of the Office software for Mac. Hübschen said the update was originally planned for last year, but office reshuffling caused it to be delayed.
Microsoft told TechRadar  in an emailed statement:
“The team is hard at work on the next version of Office for Mac. 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 you’re an Office 365 subscriber , your five-device subscription already includes the Mac version, and you can download the Office:Mac 2011 apps to any machine running OS X.”
However, with the 2011 version, you would not be getting some of the bells and whistles that Windows users are currently enjoying. Those would include features such as real-time document collaboration. As Mashable also comments, we would have to presume that any new version of Office for Mac will include leveling the Office 365 playing field.
Before any possible Office upgrade though, it is widely believed that Microsoft will bring out an update of OneNote for Mac first, possibly this month . ZDNet claims  that OneNote for Mac will be free, in an attempt to clip the wings of rival note-taking service Evernote . Evernote is gaining traction with their Evernote for Business .
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URLs in this post:
 Microsoft Office for Mac: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store?Action=list&Locale=en_US&SiteID=msusa&ThemeID=33363200&WT=srch.1&WT=mc_id.pointitsem_Microsoft+US_google_5+-+OMac+2011&WT=term.office+for+mac&WT=campaign.5+-+OMac+2011&WT=content.wn8W08gQ&WT=source.google&WT=medium.cpc&categoryID=62686000&cid=5250&pcrid=21622926533&pkw=office+for+mac&pmt=e&tid=swn8W08gQ_dc
 told: http://www.macworld.com/article/2106643/microsoft-will-release-a-new-version-of-office-for-mac-this-year.html
 Microsoft told TechRadar: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/first-new-office-for-mac-suite-in-four-years-coming-in-2014-microsoft-confirms-1233060
 speculating: http://www.maclife.com/article/news/new_microsoft_office_mac_suite_said_appear_2014
 including the iPad: http://www.maclife.com/article/news/microsoft_office_may_come_ipad_sooner_expected
 observes: http://mashable.com/2014/03/12/office-for-mac-2014/
 an Office 365 subscriber: https://office.microsoft.com/en-us/compare-office-365-for-business-plans-FX102918419.aspx?CR_CC=200061904&WT.srch=1&WT.mc_ID=PS_google_O365Comm_office%20365_Text
 this month: http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/12/5499904/onenote-for-mac-web-clipper-features
 ZDNet claims: http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-to-make-onenote-available-for-free-for-macs-7000027256/
 Evernote: http://www.evernote.com
 Evernote for Business: https://evernote.com/business