Finally! According to Thorsten Hübschen, Business Group Lead at Microsoft Germany, this year, we will see an updated version of Microsoft Office for Mac. Let’s be honest, while Pages and Numbers work decently, Microsoft Word and Excel just work much better. About Keynote and PowerPoint – that’s a whole different story.

Microsoft Office for Mac

The existing version of Microsoft Office for Mac was released in 2010, which is ages ago by software standards, so yes, it is about time that we see an updated version. Hübschen didn’t reveal a lot of details about the upgrade, but he did say that we should see it by the second quarter of this year – that less than a month away at the very least.

Rumors about the new Microsoft Office for Mac have been around for some time now, and what we thought was that we’d have it by spring. But what’s a few weeks or months since we’ve been waiting for years?

According to another spokesperson from Microsoft, this new version is not a rumor – it’s just the timing that is not clear:

“The team is hard at work on the next version of Office for Mac,” she said in an email. “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.”

So, if you’re already an Office 365 subscriber, you’re golden. If not, and you really need – or want – Microsoft Office for Mac, then you’ll have to be ready to shell out some money. Of course, we do not have the pricing scheme for this at the moment, but I have a feeling it’s not going to be cheap – it never is!

If you’re a Mac user, what office suite do you use? Are you totally satisfied with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, or have you gone out of your way to purchase Microsoft Office for Mac?

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