Microsoft: Office 2011, 2008 works with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Mac users are in luck: recent versions of Microsoft Office for Mac are compatible with the latest version of OS X.

Microsoft blogged yesterday to announce that its Office for Mac software is compatible with Apple's latest operating system.

Office 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac are compatible with Apple's latest version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion," the Microsoft blog post read. "We’ve been working with Apple to ensure a fantastic experience for our users," it added.

But there are a couple of kinks to know about.

Standalone updates will be rejected by Mountain Lion's new security feature, Gatekeeper, that prevents third-party applications not recognised as Apple developers from executing. As long as Microsoft's AutoUpdate feature is enabled, updates will continue to roll in. 

This means service packs and suchlike must be installed through the AutoUpdate channel. It's not clear how this will affect enterprise customers, however. Microsoft did not respond to questions outside U.S. business hours.

Compatibility and integration, however, are two different things. While Office for Mac is compatible with the latest release, it does not yet offer iCloud integration or support Retina displays. 

Still no word on the next version of Office for Mac, however. Some expect it will come a year after Office 2013 is released, which is slated to reach gold status in November with a 2013 first-quarter release.

Image credit: CNET.

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