Microsoft announces release date, pricing for Office to Mac 2011

Apple Online StoreMicrosoft has annouced that Office for Mac 2011 will be available at the end of October.

There will be two different editions available to purchase at retail: Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Office for Mac Home and Business 2011. Additionally, starting today, if you buy Office 2008 for Mac, you will be able to upgrade to Office 2011 when it is available at no additional cost through the Microsoft Office for Mac Technology Guarantee Program.

Pricing:
Office for Mac Home & Student Edition 2011 (Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac and Messenger for Mac 8 )
US$119 (1 install), Family Pack: $149 (3 installs)

Office for Mac Home & Business Edition 2011 (Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, Outlook for Mac and Messenger for Mac 8 )
$199 (1 install), Multi-Pack: $279 (2 installs)

If Home and Student customers determine that they need the additional functionality of a desktop e-mail client, they can easily step up to Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 using online upgrade functionality. Additionally, there is a special edition for higher education students, staff and faculty:

Office for Mac Academic Edition 2011 (Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, Outlook for Mac and Messenger for Mac)
$99 (U.S. ERP).

Microsoft also announced a program to allow qualifying customers to upgrade to Office 2011 at no additional cost when they purchase Office 2008.
• Qualifying purchase details: Office 2008 for Mac must be purchased between Aug. 1, 2010, and Nov. 30, 2010, at Microsoft or authorized reseller.
• Program registration: Customers can register for the program online at http://www.microsoft.com/mac/techg. Qualifying registrants must fill out the form and submit their product key(s) and dated sales receipt for Office 2008 for Mac by Dec. 31, 2010.

Source: Microsoft Corporation

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