Office 2004 for Mac support extended until 2012

in Mac Software edited January 2014
Originally scheduled to expire Tuesday, support for Office 2004 for Mac has been extended to Jan. 10, 2012, Microsoft's Mac Team announced. While most customers have moved on to Office 2008 for Mac, the latest version does not offer support for Visual Basic for Applications, meaning some users have stuck with the predecessor. As a result, Microsoft has decided to extend its "Mainstream Support" date to accommodate those customers.

"The date has been extended to 2012 specifically to ensure continuous cross-platform compatibility for Office 2004 customers reliant on VBA until support for VBA is released in the next version of Office for Mac," said Mike Tedesco, senior product manager with the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft. "This extension does not change the 5-year support policy for other Office for Mac products, including future versions. Nor does it affect any other Microsoft products, including Office on the Windows platform. With the additional support, we will continue delivering all the types of support associated with Mainstream Support, including security updates and non-security bug fixes."

When it ships late next year, Office 2010 for Mac will have support for VBA. The new version will mark the return of Outlook with a new version written from the ground up in Cocoa for the Mac platform.


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