MWSF: Microsoft, Apple ink new agreement

Microsoft and Apple announced Tuesday at Macworld Expo that the companies have signed a new technology agreement that will last for at least another five years. The agreement means that Microsoft will continue to make Office and Apple will share any new technologies to help with the development.

“We are absolutely staying around as a Macintosh developer,” Scott Erickson, Microsoft’s Director Product Management and Marketing, told Macworld .

The technology agreement states that Microsoft will continue to develop Office for the Macintosh in two versions — one for the PowerPC and another for Apple’s new Intel-based Macs.

In return Apple agrees to deliver technologies to Microsoft in a timely manner. Erickson said that this is something the companies have already been doing, but the technology agreement makes it more official.

Many people wondered if Microsoft would continue to develop Office for the Mac when the last technology agreement between Apple and Microsoft expired. Erickson pointed out that the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft has 180 employees and has been on the platform for 20 years.

The agreement was signed in November 2005 and goes for a minimum of five years.

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