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Microsoft intros 30-day trial of Office for Mac 2011

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Powerpoint deemed harmful

    I would happily pay less to not receive powerpoint. Maybe microsoft will put Word or Excel on the app store as independent products?

  1. svencito

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No ribbon, please

    I'd try the suite, but without the painful ribbon.

  1. Stuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That was fast!

    Time to start peddling the latest and greatest Office...and apparently with Outlook. BEWARE...Outlook (and any other email client) is NOT part of the Home and Student version, only the (approx.) double-the-price Home and Business version. Have fun with the trial...DON'T throw out any of your day-to-day reliable software, particularly the mobile-desktop syncing software you use now because it IS NOT part of Office 2011 ... H&B or H&S versions! BEWARE.

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