Software giant Microsoft has announced that the final version of its Office 2008 for Mac users will export PowerPoint presentations to the iPod or iPhone.
Apple offers a similar application, Keynote presentation maker, which is part of its iWorks 08 suite. The application can also export slide shows to iTunes that can then be synchronized to iPod or iPhone.
According to Microsoft, the new version will work with pictures compatible iPod such as the iPod Touch, iPod Classic, and the current generation iPod Nano. The Office 2008 will export the presentations to the pictures folder in iPhotos and then synchronize to the iPod or iPhone through iTunes.
Microsoft said that the software is based on the Office 2007 rewritten for Apple computers and is expected to be launched in January 2008. The suite includes Word 2008, Excel 2008, PowerPoint 2008 and Entourage 2008, a contact and scheduling application.
The users can then use the slideshow program in the iPod or iPhone to show the presentation, which can be projected on a digital TV through an Apple AV cable. The retail version of Mac Office 2008 is priced at $399.95, while the upgrade version for Mac Office 2004 users is $239.95. The Media Edition costs $499.95.
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