Remember when Microsoft Office 2007 was launched over a year ago and the company promised Mac users that it would release conversion software to enable Mac users to work with Office 2007 documents? Yes, those converters — they still aren't available.
Technically the format converters — which enable older versions of Office for Mac to work with the new, much maligned OOXML format documents used by the Windows version of Office — are available in beta form but Microsoft offers no support for the beta release, leaving many customers out in the cold.
Now Microsoft says it’s pushing back the official release of the converters. A note announcing the first Office for Mac 2008 update says that focus on that project has delayed the converters for older versions of Office.
“The final converter was previously scheduled for delivery 6-8 weeks after U.S. availability of Office 2008,” says the Mactopia blog, “instead, the final converter will be available to customers by late June 2008.”
If you’d rather not wait and don’t feel like forking out the $240 to upgrade to Office for Mac 2008, you can grab the beta version of the converters from the Microsoft site.
On the plus side, the first update for Office for Mac 2008 promises a number of bug fixes and should arrive March 11th, 2008.
EDIT: Source: http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/20...e-for-mac.html