Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac unveiled at Macworld, Finally

The new Office 2008 for Mac

Microsoft has officially rolled out the Office 2008 for Mac at the ongoing MacWorld Conference & Expo. Till Thursday guided tours of the latest edition are being offered at the Macworld convention.

Available in three versions, a new education edition has also been included. Bundling several new features and application such as Microsoft Messenger for Mac, the new version of Office for Mac is a Universal Binary. In other words, it has the ability to operate on older PowerPC Macs as well as the newer Intel-based Macs.

Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations Ron Okamoto stated, “Office 2008 is the latest in a long line of great Office for Mac releases that get better with every version. It has many new features that help you work faster and with more ease, and Mac users will also love how seamless it is to share Office 2008 files with PC users.”

As mentioned before, Office 2008 for Mac is available in three versions:

  • Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition: It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage. It is priced at $149.95.
  • Office 2008 for Mac: it incorporates Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage, Microsoft Server Exchange Support and Automator Actions for Workflows in Microsoft Office. Whilst the full version comes for $399.95, an upgraded version is priced at $239.95.
  • Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition: Bundling Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage, Microsoft Server Exchange Support, Automator Actions for Workflows in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Expression Media. The full version is priced at $499.95 and the upgrade on costs $299.95.
  • Office 2008 for Mac incorporates exciting new features such as support for Open XML, a revamped UI, Ledger Sheets for Excel, My Day for Entourage, Publishing Layout View for Word, and SmartArt graphics for PowerPoint. Office is available in a number of languages including, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, and Norwegian.

    The new version of the company’s office productivity suite was initially slated to have launched in 2007, but was delayed due to quality issues. In September, Microsoft announced the pricing and upgrade details. In fact, it’s practically the company’s first in nearly four years. Well better late than never!