updated 03:25 pm EST, Tue January 25, 2011
Includes trial of Outlook
Microsoft has rolled out a new trial version of Office for Mac 2011. The release contains all of the apps in the Home and Business edition of the suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the first Mac version of Outlook. Although the trial expires after 30 days, a valid product key unlocks the full program.
Notably, if a person opts to buy the Home and Student version of Office, Outlook remains on a Mac but locked into a special offline mode. People can continue to see existing contacts and e-mail stored in the program, but no new messages can be sent or received, and updates to both contacts and calendars are blocked. Office normally costs $150 for the Home and Student edition and $280 for Home and Business.