End of October 2010
Microsoft has also released details on its Technology Guarantee program that allows customers to purchase Office for Mac 2008 today and receive a corresponding edition of Office for Mac 2011 for free when it is released.
Pricing starts at $199 for Office for Mac Home and Business 2011, which includes the Mac versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Messenger. For customers with two computers, there’s a multiple-pack version for $279.
There is also other Home and Student editions available.
“For better alignment across platforms,” Microsoft said in a statement, “the Office 2011 pricing and edition options map closer with Office for the Windows operating system.
I personally prefer iWork ’09 to Office 2008. However it is very limited in the business field and Mail is almost useless if you are running on an Exchange server. It is sufficient for the basics, but that is about it.
Outlook is the most highly anticipated addition in 2011 as a replacement to Entourage. While Entourage was a decent attempt, it fell short in real world usage as the backend was very poorly supported. With the addition of Outlook to the bundle, this should make using a Mac in the corporate/business environment a little more feasible.
Look forward to a review once this is released.
For more details, see Microsofts Office 2011 site