In January, Microsoft’s MAC Business Unit (BU) promised that Office 2008 for the Mac would ship in 2H2007. Today that date slipped to a plan for a launch at Macworld in mid-January 2008 with general availability in 1Q2008. The delay is blamed on quality issues related to the new XML document formats introduced with Office 2007 for Windows and Apple’s switch to Intel processors.
Mac fans are typically grumpy about what seems to be second class treatment, but here’s an interesting factoid (from the second link above):
Sales of Office for Macs rose about 72 percent from 2001 to 2006, compared with an increase of about 18 percent for Windows versions. Sales of the Mac versions made up about 20 percent of dollars spent on Office at U.S. retail stores and Web sites in 2006, up from 4 percent in 2001.
That’s probably not enough to banish all conspiracy and neglect theories, but it certainly isn’t chump change.