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Microsoft Middle East’s press release regarding Office for Mac 2011

The following is a press release by Microsoft Middle East regarding the release of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

Beginning of press release:

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, the next version of the leading productivity suite for the Mac, will be available in more than 100 countries around the world at the end of October. The suite will come in two editions to purchase at retail — Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Office for Mac Home and Business 2011. For better alignment across platforms, the Office 2011 pricing and edition options map closely with Office for the Windows operating system.

“We developed Office for Mac to give you the tools to create great looking and compatible documents – with options to pick the right edition for your Mac needs,” said Armagan Demir, Head of Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division Middle East. “More than ever before, Office 2011 brings the familiar productivity tools and features of Microsoft Office to a suite of applications that works great on the Mac.”

Microsoft also announced that starting Aug 1st 2010, if customers purchase Office 2008 for Mac they will be able to upgrade to Office 2011 when it’s available, at no additional cost. This is guaranteed through their ‘Technology Guarantee’ program. Details regarding application for an upgrade can be found here.

The Office Suite will be available in 13 languages including Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish. Further details of region-specific availability will be announced late October.

End of press release.

What do you think? I find it weird that Microsoft Middle East even talked about a product that doesn’t support the majority of the Middle East. What does Mr. Armagan Demir think about it? Microsoft claimed no Arabic support.

Source: I couldn’t find it on Microsoft’s website.

Other sources: Arabic version on SaudiMacITP.netAMEinfo.

Arabic version of this post on SaudiMac Arabic Edition.

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  1. Big splash publicity will not increase sales and demand 

  2. Unnecessary press release, We will not buy it, and we will not return to Windows world. Neooffice.org and openoffice.org are  sufficient 

  3. Over the past year, I’ve attempted to use NeoOffice to edit (somewhat) complex Arabic documents, and I have to admit, I can’t say it’s ready for prime-time. NeoOffice 3.1.1 Patch 1 had serious issues with Arabic, and Patch 2 has solved many of them.

    In many cases, I had to revert to MS Office running a virtual machine, and that was not a pleasant experience at all.

    So Office for Mac is the only hope. I had the chance to test Office 2011 for Mac (Beta 6) on Snow Leopard, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was able to OPEN the document correctly:


    Having said that, Arabic and RTL is not officially supported yet. You cannot change paragraph direction to RTL. You can do basic editing, but it still sucks.

  4. Awesome weblog!! I just love your ideas!! Etta Behne


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