Microsoft backtracks on Macs and Office 365

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Saying that a spokeswoman “misunderstood” questions from Computerworld, Microsoft today backtracked and confirmed that Mac owners who subscribe to the upcoming Office 365 Home Premium will be able to acquire Office for Mac 2011 as part of their subscription plan. Previously, the company had said that Mac owners would have to purchase Office for Mac 2011 separately — at list prices starting at $120 — but could link a copy of the suite to their Office 365 subscription plan for some basic file sharing functionality. Computerworld had posed two scenarios to Microsoft: One in which users would be able to download Office for Mac 2011 free of charge as part of their Office 365 plan, the second where users had to buy the Mac suite separately. Read the full story at Computerworld.

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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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