Will the OS X Lion autosave feature work for Microsoft Office?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Nosrettap, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Nosrettap macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Will the new OS X Lion autosave feature work for Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint) or is it just for iWork? I ask this because Office is a Microsoft product.

  2. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

    Feb 26, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    MS will have to release an update if they want those products to take advantage of those features in Lion.
  3. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    No, Office needs to be updated to take advantage of the APIs.

    Auto-save, Auto-resume and Versions are opt-in features, which means that each app has to be updated to support those features.
  4. kashyap02004 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Major software companies are already working on it.

    Most of the major software developers like Microsoft and Adobe are already working on including autosave and versions in their products.
  5. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
  6. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    My thoughts exactly.
  7. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    It really depends on how difficult integrating the feature will be.

    Easy: will be seen in a update to Office 2011.
    Difficult: wait for Office 2013-2014.
  8. daleycss macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2010
    more importantly, will they enable support for microsoft office 2008 or will it just be office 2011?
  9. KirkL macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    United States
    Probably just Office 2011. They'd want to sell current versions of their software not support an older version with feature updates.
  10. Heston macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2007
    Yeah, it's gonna have to be a case by case scenario on their end. They'll probably roll out an update, or if they were smart, wait to integrate it with the next release to make some more profit and include the autosave, fullscreen, etc.

    Has anyone noticed that it seems to run a little slower? Maybe my hardware is just getting older....
  11. Yamcha macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    Only native mac applications can take advantage of the new features, but I'm guessing they may have support later on depending on if they decide to implement these features in their software..
  12. RichardBeer macrumors regular


    Jul 11, 2009
    I'd imagine that they eventually would since, if I'm not mistaken, MS Office is a popular suit on OS X so it would seem likely that they'd put the effort in to use the autosave feature.

    The rub that I can foresee however is that because the feature has to be implemented on the end of the app developer, I can imagine some developers opting not to include this feature either due to design philosophy, effort etc. Whilst some others will opt to include the feature, the result being an inconsistent behaviour when opening apps.

    An example of what I mean would be how for example 'maximizing' apps in OS X is pretty inconsistent, some will fill the screen whilst others will follow Apple's philosophy of expanding to the point where there are no scroll bars etc, and also again, with the close button. Some applications exit when you press it, whilst others simply hide.

    It's this inconsistency that I find annoying. Nothing terribly bad but annoying no less. And I can kind of see it as an inevitability when it comes to the autosave feature.

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