Office announcement upsets Apple cart

Apple CEO Steve Jobs got booed at the company's annual Expo event in Paris this week, after announcing to the faithful that Microsoft Office 2001 will be available on the Mac in November.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs got booed at the company's annual Expo event in Paris this week, after announcing to the faithful that Microsoft Office 2001 will be available on the Mac in November.

Jobs also met with opposition when he announced that the latest iBook notebooks will only be available to buy online, even though the latest range of iMacs will continue to be available through traditional dealers. The Apple CEO managed to regain some popularity though, by announcing the release of the public beta version of Mac OSX, which will go on sale for $30. He added the OS will appear in its 'ready to ship' version in early 2001. He also promised Mac users a Radeon graphic chip to replace the Rage 128. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Mac Business Unit general manager, Kevin Browne, defended Jobs on the 'Office for Mac' issue. He denied that the Mac version is a poor relation to its Windows couterpart. "We do share the design and code, but we've packed the product full of features not found in Microsoft Office for Windows," he said.