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Microsoft Commits to New Versions of Office for Mac

Company Cites 20-Year Relationship with Apple Computer

Microsoft Corp.'s Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) announced at the Macworld Conference & Expo 2006 a formal five-year agreement that reinforces Microsoft's plans to develop Microsoft Office for Mac software for both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs. The Mac BU outlined several upcoming improvements to Entourage 2004 for Mac and said it plans to build converters to read the new Microsoft Office Open XML Formats. The commitment agreement and product announcements emphasize the cooperation between the two companies and serve as significant indicators of Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the Mac platform.

"Microsoft has a history of successful collaboration with Apple, and this agreement underscores our commitment to the Mac platform," said Tom Gibbons, vice president of the Consumer Productivity eXperiences Business at Microsoft. "We've had many years of success with Office for Mac, and this formal commitment confirms that we're in the Mac business for the long haul."

"Microsoft's Mac BU continues to be a great Mac developer, bringing innovative and compatible versions of Microsoft Office to Mac customers," said Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing at Apple. "The Mac platform has never been stronger, and we're pleased that Microsoft is committed to delivering great Mac products for many years to come."

Microsoft said it is putting the final touches on a number of Entourage 2004 enhancements scheduled for delivery in March 2006. Since the release of Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), the Mac BU has worked with Apple to enable Sync Services integration with Entourage information and data.

Customers will soon be able to sync their Entourage calendar, address book, notes and tasks with handheld devices that also work with Sync Services. Support for Spotlight, another Tiger feature, will allow customers to more effectively search Entourage e-mail messages, as they are already able to do with their Office 2004 for Mac Word, PowerPoint and Excel files. The Mac BU has enhanced Smart Card technology for customers who need to send digitally signed and encrypted e-mail messages.


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