This week I am glad to be in Beijing with part of the Office for Mac team to celebrate the release of two new languages for Office for Mac 2011 – Traditional and Simplified Chinese. This is the first version of Office for Mac built specifically for the greater China region, and we are thrilled to welcome new customers to Office 2011.
Launching our product in China is especially exciting because a part of our engineering team is based here in Beijing. The Beijing team works closely with our teams in Redmond and Silicon Valley, and is responsible for the worldwide development of several key components of Office for Mac including Excel. Ever since we started the Beijing team [about 5 years ago], the team has been looking forward to this day: as we bring Office for Mac to the local market, our team can share all of our work with local friends and family. Throughout the development cycle of Office 2011, the team worked hard and used their deep knowledge of the local market to bring Chinese-specific features expanding the power of Office for Mac. In particular, Office for Mac 2011 adds new font support with made-for-China typefaces, Chinese layout support and the suite works natively with the Mac IME.
My colleague, Ricky Ou (Director of Office and Office for Mac in Asia) and I were with the team this week and I wanted to share Ricky’s thoughts on Office for Mac…
We’re excited to release Office for Mac for all of our customers in the greater China region, providing Mac users the Office tools they want to work across platforms. Our local team in Beijing has done a great job building Chinese specific features that are critical to this market. We look forward to enabling users in the greater China region tap into the power of Office for Mac 2011 to collaborate and share documents around the world.
Congratulations to everyone on my team who worked hard to make this release possible!
-Eric Wilfrid, General Manager