Mac Office 2011 Ship Date, Prices Revealed

The Apple version of Microsoft's ubiquitous productivity suite comes in three editions, designed for students, business users, and academicians.
Microsoft has released shipping and pricing information for Office for Mac 2011, the latest version of its desktop productivity suite for the Mac OS.

Mac Office 2011 will ship worldwide "at the end of October," the company said in a statement Monday. Most consumers will have a choice between two editions—Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Office for Mac Home and Business 2011.

The former is priced at $119, while the latter, which adds Outlook to the basic offerings of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Messenger, will sell for $199. An academic version, essentially the same as the business version, will sell for $99 to qualified buyers from colleges and universities.

Microsoft is also making family, or group, packs available for the student and business editions. The Family Pack for Home and Student, which allows up to three installations per household, is $149. The Home and Business Multi-Pack is priced at $279, and allows two installations for a user with two Macs.

"We develop Office for Mac to give you the tools to create great-looking and compatible documents—with options to pick the right edition for your Mac needs," said Microsoft Business Unit general manager Eric Wilfrid, in a statement.

Microsoft is also offering a Technology Guarantee Program for Mac Office. Under the program, consumers who purchase Mac Office 2008 starting Monday will be offered the chance to upgrade to Mac Office 2011 for free, when the latter becomes available.

"More than ever before, Office 2011 brings the familiar productivity tools and features of Microsoft Office to a suite of applications that work great on the Mac," said Wilfrid.

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