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Microsoft announces Office for Mac 2011

Free upgrades for some Office 2008 users

Microsoft yesterday announced that Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 will be available from October 2010.

The productivity suite software, available in more than 100 countries, will come in two versions - Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Office for Mac Home and Business 2011.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011, which includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac and Messenger for Mac, and will have a SRP of £89.99, while a Family Pack offering up to three installations will cost £109.99.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011, which includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, Outlook for Mac and Messenger for Mac, will cost £189.99. It will also will be available in two editions - the single install edition and a Multi-Pack for £239.99, which allows two installs for a user with two machines. All prices include VAT.

From today, any customers who purchase Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 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. This mimics a similar offered made to Windows users prior to the launch of Microsoft Office 2010. To qualify for the free upgrade, Office 2008 for Mac must be purchased between 1 August and 30 November 2010, at Microsoft, or one of many authorised channel partners.

Details on how to upgrade can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/mac/techg.

"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," said Neil Thompson, General Manager Entertainment & Devices Division UK & Ireland.

"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." More details can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/mac.

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