Apple Mac OS X users will finally get their hands on Microsoft Office 2007 in January.

'Office 2008 for Mac' will be launched on 15 January in the US - that's the first day of the Macworld Expo event planned for San Francisco - and it will be launched in other major markets during the first quarter, the company said.

Three versions of the suite will be available: the basic package includes all the Office applications; the Home and Student edition is targeted at consumers and includes a three-user licence; and the 'special media edition' comes with all Office software and the 'Expression Media for Mac' image management application.

From Tuesday, Microsoft is also offering customers in some countries who buy Office 2004 an upgrade to Office 2008 for the price of shipping, handling and taxes only.

The launch of the Mac version will come a year after the latest version of Office was offered for the Windows operating system. Office 2008 for Mac will support the Office Open XML file format and the package will be a Universal Binary that runs on both Power PC and Intel-based Mac computers. Versions will be available in Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish.

See also:

Microsoft Office 2007 review