The Silicon Valley headquarters of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is about 8 miles from the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) headquarters in Cuptertino, California. Eric Wilfrid, general manager of Microsoft’s Office for Mac drives back-and-forth regularly.
?As someone who works at Microsoft and deals with Apple often, I acknowledge that our companies compete,? said Wilfrid. ?Some people choose Windows, and some people choose Mac. That conflict tends to get a lot of attention, but I deal in the reality that there are customers who love their Macs and also love using Office.?
Wilfrid also pointed out that 3 out of every 4 Macs have Office installed. ?That?s the vast majority of Mac customers counting on Microsoft for a critical piece of their computing needs,? he says. ?Mac users need Office because it helps them work with the Windows world.? Microsoft has made Word and Excel compatible for Mac over the last 26 years.