Microsoft has no plans to fix ‘crap’-looking Office Suite on Apple’s Retina displays

By on August 15, 2012 at 5:20 PM.

Microsoft has no plans to fix ‘crap’-looking Office Suite on Apple’s Retina displays

Office for Mac Retina Criticism

Macworld UK reports that many Apple (AAPL) fans are upset with Microsoft (MSFT), both because its Office for Mac suite supposedly looks terrible on Retina-equipped Macbook Pros and because the company has no plans to make it better. Macworld writes that the appearance of Office on Retina displays has drawn some harsh rebukes on Microsoft’s official Office for Mac blog, with users describing the software as “very fuzzy,” “blurry” and even “crap.” A Microsoft representative responded to users’ criticism on the blog by saying that the company has no plans for any Retina-specific fixes at this time and that “the remaining apps will have the same viewing quality as on any non-Retina device.” What’s more, the representative said that he “cannot comment on any future updates regarding supporting Retina on Word, Excel or PowerPoint.” More →

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New malware exploits flaw in old versions of Office for Mac

By on May 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

New malware exploits flaw in old versions of Office for Mac

Malware exploits flaw in old versions of Office for Mac

Microsoft researchers recently discovered a piece of Mac OS X malware that exploits a three-year-old flaw in old versions of Office for Mac. The threat uses a multi-stage attack, just like a Windows virus would. While Microsoft did fix the problem in 2009, the software giant notes that not every machine is up-to-date. The company’s data indicates, however, that the malware is not widespread. “No operating system that exists outside a laboratory is entirely immune to malware,” Microsoft stated on its blog. “As different operating systems continue to gain in popularity they attract more attention from would-be attackers – especially since, as we see in the example analysis above, the techniques and understanding needed to do so may be much the same as those used against other platforms. And even though an operating system may include many risk-reducing mitigation technologies, any machine’s defenses against vulnerabilities are directly related to how current its security updates for applications are kept.” Microsoft concludes by warning users of Office 2004 for Mac, Office 2008 for Mac or Open XML File Format Converter for Mac to update their software in order to protect themselves from possible threats. More →

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Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 set to launch next week

By on April 6, 2011 at 11:51 PM.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 set to launch next week

On Wednesday Microsoft confirmed with enthusiast blog LoopinSight that it will launch Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 next week. The update will reportedly include performance enhancements, as well as security and stability fixes, but it will also include major changes for Outlook for Mac. After applying the software patch, users will be able to sync their Outlook calendars, tasks, notes, and contacts with Apple’s Sync Services, and it includes support for CalDAV calendars. The update will also add a new redirect and resend buttons. iPhone and iPod touch devices will also stay in sync, Pat Fox, Microsoft’s senior director of product management told The Loop. Service Pack 1 does come with one caveat, though: users will not be able to use Sync Services to sync with the MobileMe calendar beginning on May 5th. More →

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Office for Mac 2011 now available

By on October 26, 2010 at 10:40 AM.

Office for Mac 2011 now available

Microsoft announced Tuesday that its updated OS X productivity suite, Office for Mac 2011, is now available. Office for Mac consists of Microsoft’s class-leading productivity applications including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. For the first time, the suite also includes Microsoft Outlook, which replaces the less popular Entourage email client. Mac users have been waiting for Microsoft to replace Entourage with Outlook for years now, and this switch alone is likely worth the price of admission. And as far as pricing is concerned, Office for Mac 2011 breaks down as follows:

  • Microsoft Office for Home and Student 2011 (single license): $109.99 – $149.99
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business (single license): $174.99 – $279.99

As is often the case, third-party retailers such as Amazon.com currently offer the best pricing on Microsoft’s new Office for Mac 2011 suite. More →

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Office 2011 for Mac restricted to 32-bit

By on June 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM.

Office 2011 for Mac restricted to 32-bit

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Oh man, this is definitely not something we wanted to hear: Microsoft has announced on its blog that Office for Mac 2011 will only ship as a 32-bit version. Citing a need for enhanced compatibility between the Office for Windows and Office for Mac over high-power performance, Microsoft said that it would not have been possible for its team to create a 64-bit version of Office 2011″because Apple’s frameworks require us to complete the move to Cocoa before we can build a 64-bit version.” Office 2011 is not 100% Cocoa. Microsoft is downplaying the lack of 64-bit support by stating that “most users with typical or even larger-than-average document content will not notice a difference in performance” and that the only area “64-bit can make a difference is for people working with huge amounts of data.” You know, like the professionals who are champing at the bit for Office 2011 and its inclusion of Outlook.

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Hands on with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011

By on April 23, 2010 at 7:59 AM.

Hands on with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011

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Over the past few days we’ve been playing around the latest beta release of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Many of the changes made are hard to appreciate without actually seeing the application suite in use, and for that reason alone we have assembled a massive gallery of screenshots. On the other hand, images can be meaningless without a bit of an explanation so we’ve put down a brief summary of our initial thoughts. You can check them all out after the jump. More →

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