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Office for Mac 2011 gets October release date

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    32 Bit Pathetic-ness

    Hmmm, platform parity except that it's only 32 Bit. Congrats Redmond! Natch!

  1. andrewbw

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Office is primarily 32 bit on Windows as well (there's a 64 bit version of Office, but Microsoft actually recommends against using it unless you specifically need a 64 bit-clean environment). There's no real technical advantage or benefit to running Office at 64bit on either platform.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: 32-bit pathetic-ness

    Yeah, doesn't MS know there are hoards of Mac users who need to boast about the number of 64-bit programs they have!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: 32-bit pathetic-ness

    And why can't MS keep up with Apple. You wouldn't see iWork being a 32-bit program!

    Oh, wait....

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It could be worse...

    :...Business and Acedemic editions."

    Spell Different! :P

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: It could be worse

    Sure it could.

    You could be Union County College, and have a page with the headline:

    What's New - Sports Update: 2010 Spring Acedemic Excellence

    Of course, they probably should have had someone who's on the list of acedemic excellence actually proof the web page.

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