It's been an exceptionally busy few months here in MacBU. We're busily working on Office:Mac 2008, and looking forward to getting it shipped. Some of us, this correspondent included, have begun the early work on the versions after Office:Mac 2008. We're also working on file format converters, so that those of you who have friends and colleagues who have upgraded to Office 2007 can read the .docx, .pptx, and .xlsx files that are sent to you by them.

Today, we have released a public beta of the file format converter. If you want to learn more about it, my boss wrote a great post over in Mac Mojo about it: get converted. Or you can skip straight to downloading it.

I don't think that anyone has more keenly felt the upgrade to Office 2007 than those of us in MacBU. I've been getting files in .docx format for more than a year!