updated 05:25 pm EST, Mon February 18, 2013
Mac editions match cost of Office 2013 for Windows
Microsoft has quietly increased the prices on Office for Mac 2011, putting them on par with Office 2013 for Windows, reports note. The change appears to have taken place in late January or early February, but went unannounced by Microsoft. At the same time, multi-license bundles have been dropped, which previously allowed people to buy several copies of Office at a discounted rate.
A single license of Office for Mac Home & Student is now $140, up from $120. Office for Mac Home & Business -- which includes Outlook -- has likewise risen $20 to $220. The extinct bundles included a $150 package of three Home & Student licenses, and a pair of Home & Business licenses for $250. Instead Microsoft is pushing subscriptions to Office 365; the cheapest plan costs $100 per year or $10 per month, but allows up to five computers to run Office for Mac or Windows.
Office for Mac 2011 may still be available at cheaper prices from third-party vendors like Amazon. That site is still selling Home & Student for $119, and Home & Business for $176.