Thursday, January 13, 2005

InformationWeek > Office for the Macintosh > Microsoft To Add More Enterprise Tools To Mac Office > January 12, 2005

InformationWeek > Office for the Macintosh > Microsoft To Add More Enterprise Tools To Mac Office > January 12, 2005: "Microsoft announced upcoming enhancements to its Office 2004 at the MacWorld trade show in San Francisco, saying that it will, for instance, add more support for Exchange to the Mac suite's e-mail application, Entourage. The update, which Microsoft said would release during the second half of 2005, is set to provide viewing of multiple calendars, better server-client synchronization, and improved mailbox quota management tools.
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Microsoft also promised it would roll out version 5.0 of MSN Messenger for the Mac during the first half of the year -- complete with support for the Redmond, Wash.-based developer's Live Communication Server and a tabbed interface to separate personal and work contacts -- and announced an online resource locale with Office 2004 tips and templates.
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Also on Tuesday, Apple went public with iWork '05, the follow-on to its long-running AppleWorks entry-level suite. But contrary to speculation last week that Apple might be preparing to battle Microsoft in the application space, iWork '05 is clearly a consumer product.

Unlike Office 2004, iWork '05 bundles only a word processor -- dubbed "Pages" -- and the presentation and photo portfolio maker Keynote 2. "We're building the successor to AppleWorks by taking advantage of the latest innovations in Mac OS X and iLife '05," said Sina Tamaddon, Apple's senior vice president of applications, in a statement Tuesday.
Apple isn't bundling iWork '05 with new Macs, but instead is charging $79 for the small suite."

In other words, now Apple can say "iCharge" for AppleWorks++.
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