Microsoft offers some details on Office 2008 for Mac pricing

Jim Dalrymple and Matthew JC. Powell
10 December, 2007
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Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit used Apple Expo in Paris to release pricing information for the next version of Office for Mac. Office will ship in the US on January 15, 2008, and in Australia on 31 January.

Office will be available in three versions: Office 2008 for Mac ($US399.95), Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition (US$149.95) and Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition ($499.95). Australian pricing had not been finalised at time of writing.

Office 2008 for Mac remains the core suite that includes Word 2008, Excel 2008, PowerPoint 2008 and Entourage 2008 (with support for Microsoft Exchange mail servers) and a set of Automator actions. A new bundle called Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition features the Office 2008 applications and adds the Microsoft Expression Media digital asset management system. This edition also includes Exchange support and Automator tools.

The final bundle is the home and student edition that gives users the basics of what Office has to offer. According to Microsoft this version includes three user licenses, but does not have Exchange support or Automator workflows.

All versions of Office 2008 for Mac support the new Open XML file format and are Universal applications that run natively on Power PC- and Intel-based Macs.

Microsoft also started a technology guarantee program that will allow customers in select regions who purchase qualifying Office 2004 for Mac product to upgrade to a version of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac for the cost of shipping, which in Australia will be $27. The upgrade guarantee started on 26 September (the day of the announcement) and runs until the 29th of February 2008. Purchasers of the standard edition of Microsoft Office:mac 2004 in that time can upgrade to the Special Media Edition when it is available.

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