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Oct 31, 2014 3:26 PM

Microsoft promises new Office for Macs next year

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) After a long wait, Microsoft says it plans to release a new version of its popular Office software package for Mac computers but not until next year.

Microsoft did release one component, the Outlook email program, through the company's Office 365 subscription service, which costs $100 a year. But a full Office package for Macs was expected this year, as Microsoft usually releases that a year after it produces a new version for Windows.

But there hasn't been a new Office for Macs since late 2010, even though it's already been a year and a half since the Windows release. Microsoft says that's because it has been concentrating on producing Office versions for smartphones and tablets first. The Office package usually includes word-processing, spreadsheets and other commonly used programs.


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