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Office 2011 for Mac hits stores

updated 03:35 pm EDT, Tue October 26, 2010

Sales to gradually expand going into November

As anticipated, Microsoft today publicly released Office 2011 for Mac. The suite brings over features from the recent Windows versions of Office, such as a ribbon interface. It also incorporates the first-ever Mac version of Outlook, and the long-awaited Messenger for Mac 8.

Upgraded versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint form the core of the suite. On the Office website Microsoft is charging $150 for the Home & Student version, and $280 for Home & Business. The figures differ from ones promised earlier, but the software can be had much cheaper from other vendors, such as Amazon. There Home & Student costs $110, while Home & Business is $175. Word, Excel and PowerPoint can alternately be bought separately for $140 apiece.

Office 2011 is currently available in 13 languages; availability should expand by November to reach 45 countries.

by MacNN Staff



  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And still no feature parity with the Windows versi

    They don't include Access which is used a lot in business.

    Sorry, fail.

  1. Bearcat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I just wish they would include OneNote. Its about the only killer app in that whole suite for students.

  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ... and this version includes product activation. Lame.

  1. nostrademas

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ...and no upgrade pricing

    While I see the price of Office has come down over time, let's face it the free or lower cost alternatives (which businesses and schools now take seriously) meant there was always pressure for this to happen. It's still disappointing that there is no upgrade version going to be available, which the Mac BU twitter feed confirmed is the case.

    To be honest, unless you need the collaborative features, most of which also require you to have an Exchange Server working for you somewhere too, then MS Office is becoming something of an irrelevance.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: ..and no upgrade pricing

    It's still disappointing that there is no upgrade version going to be available, which the Mac BU twitter feed confirmed is the case.

    Just MS copying Apple once again.

  1. Norrin Radd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get a load of this.....

    I bought a copy for my wife's office and went to install it. The included instructions tell you to go to:

    to get your product key. I did that. Check out that link yourselves and see what it gets you! I had to call MS, give them my dossier, and then finally they gave me the Key (to the $300 piece of software I just bought!). Man, I hate that c***. My wife's office is eventually moving all mac - this was the first step - so it had to work with things they already have. When they are done migrating hardware - I'm telling them to go all iWork - it opens all word docs, after all!

  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where is iWork 2011?

    You'd think Apple would have pushed this last week. It's all I'm waiting for.

    Plus, no upgrade path for 2008 users? It's not like it's a $79 iWork suite, this stuff is expensive.

  1. facebook_Brian

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    Joined: Oct 2010


    Not the first ever...

    "It also incorporates the first-ever Mac version of Outlook..."

    Um...Microsoft had Outlook 2001 for Mac way back on OS 9...they switched to Entourage for the OS X version of Office around the same I the only one that remembers this?

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