Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, on sale today

Microsoft has released its latest Office suite for OS X today which provides a much needed update to the platform that was last updated in 2008.  Neowin has recently reviewed the software in-depth and you can read the full review here.

There are two packages available to OS X users, each with their own target market.  From the Microsoft website:

  • Microsoft Office for Home and Student: From home projects to homework, Office helps your family make the most of every opportunity, every day. Enjoy the flexibility to do what you want, when you want: more ways to access your work from anywhere and share your ideas with others, plus the most reliable Office for Windows compatibility. Designed and licensed for everyday home use, families, and K-12 students. - $149.99
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Business 2011: Get the tools to manage business and life, on your terms. Create professional-quality documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Work when and where you want from any computer with a browser and the Office Web Apps. And communicate and share with virtually anyone with the world’s most reliable Office for Windows compatibility. Designed and licensed for more advanced personal use, home-based work, and small business. Includes Outlook for Mac 2011 - $279.99

The latest Office package offers a plethora of updates that users will find helpful and intuitive.  If you're using OS X, Office 2011 is a worthy upgrade to the aging 2008 release. With many new features, including better cross platform compatibility, Office 2011 makes for a great holiday gift to any Mac user. 

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Faisal Islam said,
So..though Bill Gets doesn't allow Apple products in his house, it's still available in his office.
I don't get it.

Faisal Islam said,
So..though Bill Gets doesn't allow Apple products in his house, it's still available in his office.

what?

Faisal Islam said,
So..though Bill Gets doesn't allow Apple products in his house, it's still available in his office.

I'm fairly certain Bill Gates does not work at Microsoft anymore.

I would say parts of iWork are better, but not everything. For example, Keynote is still better then PowerPoint 2011. And, pages in publisher mode is better them equivalent for Word. But, I feel Word and Excel are much better then Pages and Numbers. I know Numbers is suppose to be a re-imagination of spreadsheets, but I am more comfortable in Excel. This is important because when something has to be done on a time frame I don't want to be figuring out an application.

Boojiboy said,
I would say parts of iWork are better, but not everything. For example, Keynote is still better then PowerPoint 2011. And, pages in publisher mode is better them equivalent for Word. But, I feel Word and Excel are much better then Pages and Numbers. I know Numbers is suppose to be a re-imagination of spreadsheets, but I am more comfortable in Excel. This is important because when something has to be done on a time frame I don't want to be figuring out an application.

Well. PowerPont and Keynote? No way. It's all about capability issue. Still if i want to print presentation slide in my university lab or just want to submit presentation to faculty (almost 95%), I need PPT or PPTX files.

Faisal Islam said,

Well. PowerPont and Keynote? No way. It's all about capability issue. Still if i want to print presentation slide in my university lab or just want to submit presentation to faculty (almost 95%), I need PPT or PPTX files.

I don't think that anyone will argue that iWork isn't as compatible. But that wasn't Boojiboy's point.

Faisal Islam said,

Well. PowerPont and Keynote? No way. It's all about capability issue. Still if i want to print presentation slide in my university lab or just want to submit presentation to faculty (almost 95%), I need PPT or PPTX files.

Use it to do a real presentation then.

Yay Entourage 14.0. It's nothing like Outlook. They should have left the name alone so people still know it's crap. You can't view the GAL, work with distribution lists, you can't access your server-side rules, search sucks, etc, etc. "Entourage 14.0 plus PST support" doesn't make it "Outlook". They finally allow you to manage Task permissions, but still require you to load Outlook for Windows to do anything else.

Plus, Fonts are all screwed up. 13pt fonts in Office 2011 are close to the same size as 10pt fonts in Office 2010, Office 2008, Office 2007, etc. There are threads popping up on sites like MacRumors asking what the heck is up with that.

sexypeperodri said,
No reason to use Office since there is iWork. Cheaper, faster, better.

It's 79.99 true, but is not better. Faster? Depends on the user.

sexypeperodri said,
No reason to use Office since there is iWork. Cheaper, faster, better.

Better? How? Would you please explain sexy?

sexypeperodri said,
No reason to use Office since there is iWork. Cheaper, faster, better.
I prefer iWork, but I'm not a fan of Office in general - on Mac or Windows. Everyone else I know hates iWork.

I have never used iWork personally but it has not gotten very bad reviews in general. Some said it has many features as MS Office 95.

sexypeperodri said,
No reason to use Office since there is iWork. Cheaper, faster, better.

I'm an iWork user but I can safely say it's nowhere near as good as Office. It has less features (of course all the essentials are there) and it is much harder to use. Took me a week to learn Office yet I still struggle with iWork even after year of using it.

sexypeperodri said,
No reason to use Office since there is iWork. Cheaper, faster, better.

I use iWork to write my academic coursework and export as PDF if the lecturer is not a Mac user. To be honest, I always don't like the idea of Office on Mac.

BestWC said,

I use iWork to write my academic coursework and export as PDF if the lecturer is not a Mac user. To be honest, I always don't like the idea of Office on Mac.

Is that you Professor Geanangel?

Incorrect information in the article.

Home and Student 2011 single license costs $119.99
Family Pack (3 licenses) costs $149.99

Again, Mac Home and Business single license costs $199.99
2 license package costs $279.99

AtriusNY said,
Incorrect information in the article.

Home and Student 2011 single license costs $119.99
Family Pack (3 licenses) costs $149.99

Again, Mac Home and Business single license costs $199.99
2 license package costs $279.99

Hmm... Home and Student 2008 allowed up to 3 separate machine installs with the standard license price. Now they are charging for a "3 pack" .

Is there a lower cost upgrade from Home and Student 2008 to 2011? If there were I might upgrade this round. Otherwise, I'll just stick to 2008 for now (although 2011>>>2008 from the beta i tried).

Great, we live in 2010 yet Excel still doesn't support UTF8 properly (samo on Windows version), no way to import/export UTF8 csv.
Other than that, great upgrade, much faster, few bugs are still there, but should be fixed with upcoming updates. Nice work, Microsoft (except for Excel part)