updated 10:20 am EDT, Mon August 2, 2010
MS lays out Student, Business prices
Microsoft has declared an official release date for Office for Mac 2011, the company's upcoming productivity suite. The software should become available "at the end of October," in Home and Student, Home and Business and Acedemic editions. Prices should now "map closer" with the Windows versions of Office, Microsoft claims.
Home and Student includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Messenger, and is being priced at $119 for a single user, or $149 in a three-installation Family Pack. Home and Business adds the new Outlook for Mac to the mix, at a cost of $199 for a single license, and $279 for a Multi-Pack supporting just one additional computer. Student users will be able to upgrade to Business online.
The Academic package includes the same software as Home and Business, but at a lower $99 pricetag for eligible students and staff. Microsoft adds that anyone who buys Office for Mac 2008 between August 1st and November 30th will be eligible for a free upgrade to 2011. People must register for the offer by December 31st using a product key and a dated sales receipt.