Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Dec 2006 18:33 UTC, submitted by alcibiades
Microsoft "Microsoft Office isn't among the apps that will run natively on Intel-based Macs - and it won't be until the latter half of 2007, according to media reports. But when it does ship, Office will apparently be missing a feature so vital to cross-platform compatibility that I believe it will be the beginning of the end for the Mac version of the productivity suite."
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Apple won't like this
by Ronald Vos on Sun 10th Dec 2006 22:40 UTC
Ronald Vos
Member since:
2005-07-06

Anyone remember how Apple cut a deal with Microsoft paying dearly just to get MS to agree to keep distributing Mac Office (and not to do anything to prevent future versions of Windows from running on Mactels) for a specified period of time? Apple probably wanted this for perceived enterprise feasibility purposes.

Seems MS found a way to do the opposite of what Apple wanted after all.

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RE: Apple won't like this
by arielb on Sun 10th Dec 2006 22:58 in reply to "Apple won't like this"
arielb Member since:
2006-11-15

well it's not like in the IE case where Microsoft decided simply not to do it anymore. Here, there is a real technical problem that costs too much money for them. But since Office isn't open source, nobody else will be able to fix it.

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RE[2]: Apple won't like this
by WorknMan on Mon 11th Dec 2006 01:20 in reply to "RE: Apple won't like this"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

But since Office isn't open source, nobody else will be able to fix it.

Assuming that it was open source, who the hell is going to fix it? The same people that are going to make Firefox 3.0 work on Win9x?
Anyway, I would imagine that in time, VBA will be phased out of the Windows version in favor of the .NET Office APIs, so the lack of VBA in the Mac version will probably be a moot point eventually, unless MS (or someone else) makes a port of .NET to OSX.

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RE[2]: Apple won't like this
by Moochman on Mon 11th Dec 2006 09:21 in reply to "RE: Apple won't like this"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

>Here, there is a real technical problem that costs too much money for them.

Bwahahahahahahahaha!!! Too much money?! For Microsoft!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA riiiiight!

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