MacTech Releases Office 2004 for Mac on Rosetta Benchmark Data
– Over 1000 tests performed to measure productivity on Office
– Compares PowerBook G4, MacBook Pro, and Intel iMac

April 21, 2006 — WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — MacTech today released an
extensive benchmark study of Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac running on the
latest Intel-based Macs. MacTech’s goal was to see how well Office
applications performed under Rosetta (Apple’s technology to dynamically
translate PowerPC-based applications to work on Intel-based Macs).

The large suite of over 1000 tests was performed comparing the PowerBook
G4, MacBook Pro, and Intel-based iMac. The purpose of the testing and the
article are to answer the questions “Does Microsoft Office 2004 run well
enough on the new Intel-based Macs? Or should you delay your purchase of
these machines?”

“MacTech Labs has been doing product evaluations and testing for over 20
years. Our focus is to help IT Pros not only in making tough decisions, but
with real-world and how-to answers. In this case, we wanted to help people
decide if they should wait, or could they proceed with their Intel-based
Mac purchases,” said Neil Ticktin, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, MacTech
Magazine. “While we were initially surprised by some of the results, the
tests accomplished their goal and will aid system admins in understanding
what to expect out of Office under Rosetta.”

Portions of the article will be published in the May 2006 issue of MacTech
Magazine. The full details, including results tables, graphs and full
descriptions are available immediately at:


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