Microsoft, in its attempt to hold off Google Apps, is issuing an update to its Office 2008 Macintosh productivity  software which has new features for connecting to SharePoint servers and to Microsoft’s Office Live Workspaces.  The update, which should be ready at 7PM Eastern US time (download link), also should have the requisite speed, stability and compatibility improvements as well. 

Microsoft’s senior product manager Mike Tedesco said in a statement:

"With SP2 we are not only delivering on top customer requests midcycle, but also taking a first step in bringing Microsoft software plus services to Mac users.  This connection unlocks the door for Mac users to Microsoft services for easier collaboration and file sharing with colleagues, customers and classmates."

Interestingly, Microsoft’s Office Live site is also expanding its Mac browser support to include Safari 4, in addition to Firefox (which obviously had to happen before Mac usage was possible). We hadn’t checked before if it worked with Mac, because…you know…it’s Microsoft.

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