August 14, 2012, 10:37 AM — Mac owners want Microsoft to update Office for Mac so it supports Retina-equipped MacBook Pros because they say the suite is unusable as it is.
"Could you please also let us know when Office for Mac will be updated to support Retina display?" asked "DCGOWDA". "I recently bought [a MacBook Pro] with Retina display and Office for Mac 2011 is practically unusable."
Others called Office for Mac "very fuzzy," "crap" and "blurry" on the high-resolution display of the top-end laptop that Apple launched June 11.
A commenter labeled "Office for Mac Team" noted that Outlook 2011 supports Retina, but declined to comment on when or if other applications -- Excel, PowerPoint and Word -- would receive the same treatment.
"The remaining apps will have the same viewing quality as on any non-Retina device," said the team. "Unfortunately at this time, we cannot comment on any future updates regarding supporting Retina on Word, Excel or PowerPoint."
While some commenters asked for other improvements to Office for Mac, Retina support was the most common request.
Microsoft will have to deal with Retina at some point if the rumors are true that Apple will move all its notebooks, including the rest of the MacBook Pro line and all MacBook Airs, to the pixel-dense screen.
Apple's Office wannabe, iWork, supports Retina: Apple updated the apps -- KeyNote, Numbers and Pages -- July 25, the day Mountain Lion hit the Mac App Store.
Few commenters agreed with Microsoft's claim that Office for Mac was Mountain Lion ready.
"It'll be 'Mountain Lion ready' if you add full-screen mode, iCloud and Retina support," said David Ebert. "Before it does that it merely 'works on Mountain Lion.' "