As the market awaits Apple Computer's release of a tuned-up version of its new Mac OS X operating system, Microsoft has taken the wraps off its desktop software applications that will run on that operating system.
Microsoft said it will release its Office productivity suite for Mac in November, about two months after Apple is expected to release Version 10.1 of Mac OS X. The suite of applications will include Word, Excel, Powerpoint and the e-mail management software Entourage.
The company also gave the Office product a new name: Microsoft Office v. X for Mac.
Designed to match Apple's "Aqua" look -the term used to describe the new colours and interface featured in the OS X operating system - Microsoft said it expects the set of applications to set the tone for other third-party software to be released for Apple's operating system.
"It is the poster child for what a Mac OS X application should feel and look like," said Erik Ryan, manager of Microsoft's Mac group.