Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac to Be Released by October
Yesterday Microsoft announced the pricing details of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac and the new prices are between 20% and 50% cheaper than those set for Microsoft Office 2008. The Mac edition of Microsoftâ€™s premium Office suite will come in two versions, Mac Home and Student version and a Mac Home and Business version. Office 2011 for Mac will ship in the start of October this year.
The Office for Home and Student will include Word, PowerPoint, Excel and IM apps costing customers $119 for one desktop and $149 for three Macs. Similarly, the Office 2011 for Home and Business will include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, IM and Microsoft Outlook as the e-mail client and will cost $199 per license and $279 for installation on two machines. An academic edition for school, college and university students and faculty will also be available for $99. These prices are cheap when compared to previous editions of Office for Mac. The Office 2008 for Business users was tagged in at a hefty $399 for two computers and the Home version also was considerably expensive.
In addition to having a new reduced price tag, Office 2011 will also be shipping in two more languages, Polish and Russian. Also, Office 2011 for Mac will be shipping to more than 100 countries worldwide when Microsoft launches it in October 2010.
Microsoft has taken key decisions with Office 2011 for Mac in order to ensure better cross platform compatibility, reliability, security and feature richness to ensure they can compete well in the office suite market against competitors like iWork and OpenOffice.