Microsoft's Mac Business Unit acted swiftly to stress that its products are compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

The company revealed that it has "worked closely with Apple to ensure Office 2004 works with Tiger", MacCentral reports.

The company also promised to test Virtual PC using Tiger. Any issues found will be fixed in a free patch which is scheduled to ship in the next "two to three months", the company said.

Microsoft explained that Tiger's new Spotlight feature will be able to index Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, promising more to come: "Support for additional features such as sync services will be enabled by a future update."

Speaking with Macworld UK in January 2005, Microsoft's Mac Business Unit group product manager, Scott Erickson said: "We have been doing a lot of work together on Tiger support for Office," he said.

Speaking with MacMinute Microsofrt said: "Microsoft strives to ensure that Mac BU products run seamlessly on each new Apple OS and take advantage of new technology that will enhance the overall user experience."

Speaking with Macworld UK in January 2005, Microsoft's Mac Business Unit group product manager, Scott Erickson said: "We have been doing a lot of work together on Tiger support for Office," he said.

"The relationship remains really really strong and there will be no changes to that. We are totally committed to the Mac and our customers."