The multinational software maker, Microsoft Corporation, recently announced that the upcoming version of Office for Apple’s MacOS, Microsoft Office 2011, would be released in the market in the first week of December this year with pricing which is likely the same with current Windows versions.
Microsoft, one of the top software maker headquartered in Redmond, said that the new Microsoft Office Suite 2011 Mac Home and Student edition have a tag priced of $119, which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Instant Messenger for Mac, a bargain price compared with the 2008 Office for Mac that cost around $149.95. Additionally, Microsoft “Home and Business” suite edition will cost $199.00 which includes the Microsoft Outlook email client and collaboration application, a huge price reduction from the previous that cost $399.95.
Microsoft also offers “Family Pack” for $149.00, the Family Pack will allow users to install the Home and Student Office edition for up to three times. And for the Home and Business Office edition, the company offers the Multi-Pack edition for $279.00 that will allow users to install the package for two times. The software company will also include an academic edition which will cost $99.00.
The latest version of Office for the Mac will make use of the “ribbon” interface first introduced in Office 2007 and add a new template gallery with thousands of predesigned document designs. Outlook will also offer a conversation view.
Eric Wilfrid, general manager, Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft, in a statement:
“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.”