It’s been almost six months since MacBU unveiled Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 at Macworld. Although the productivity suite won’t be out until October this year according to official word, the new features may just whet the Mac user’s appetite for it. We’ve already reported about the connection to Microsoft Office Web Apps, ribbon interface, Outlook for Mac and cross-platform sharing. What’s new is the release date and pricing for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.
Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 encompasses Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac and Messenger for Mac. It Family Pack edition contains three installs for households hosting more than one Mac. Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 and Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011 also hold Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac and Messenger for Mac. The former suite’s Multi-Pack version will have two installs for users 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. 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,” remarked Eric Wilfrid, general manager, Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft.
Office 2011 will be out in 13 languages including Danish, English, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian and Swedish. Those who purchase Office 2008 for Mac before November 2010 can upgrade to the upcoming suite for free courtesy of the Microsoft Office for Mac Technology Guarantee Program. The company will be letting it out across over 100 nations towards the end of October.
Customers will have to fork out $119 or more for Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011. The aforementioned price is for the single install edition, while the Family Pack will cost $149. The Muli-Pack Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 has been slapped with a $279 price tag, while its single install version will cost $199. Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011 will sell for $99.