Though Apple was conspicuously absent, Microsoft showed up at Macworld to give attendees an early look at its Office for Mac 2011 suite. The new version is more closely aligned with the Windows product, giving users who work on both OS X and Windows a more seamless transition. It also includes new collaboration tools and connectivity to Microsoft Office Web Apps.
Coauthoring and collaboration, in particular, are in growing demand for these sorts of applications, he said.
“Microsoft makes so much money off the Office franchise — of course, they are going to keep up Office for Mac. It means a lot to them. Sure, the OSes get publicity, but the Office platform is what drives revenues for Microsoft.”