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.