Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 trial

Microsoft has finally gotten around to releasing Office for the Mac 2011 in a trial format. The trial version lets you evaluate Office for Mac 2011 for a 30-day period; once this period is over, you get the choice of uninstalling the program, buying the suite from a store or purchasing a product key online.

The 30-day period is half the length of time that Microsoft currently allows Office for Windows users to test out the Office 2010 suite, as they get a full 60-day test drive.

The trial version of Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 includes the new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, the suite's word processor, spreadsheet, presentation programs respectively, and revamped and renamed e-mail client

Although some Mac users may have been put off from having any Microsoft software near their computers, Office for the Mac has not only been selling extremely well, the reviews of the latest version have been glowing. The only real competition on the Mac at the moment is the now dated iWork suite and Microsoft believe it is the perfect time to give Office for Mac a try.

Those who are interested in trying out the Office suite can download the free version from the Microsoft Office for Mac website. The cost of a product key or full-boxed edition of Office for the Mac 2011 varies from site to site, so it is well worth shopping around once your trial has ended.

You can also check out the comprehensive Neowin review of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011: Home and Business Edition.

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I can't believe people use iWork. When I bought my Air, I downloaded the trial version of iWork while I waited for Office 2011 to be released. The program was ****. Office 2011 is the way to go and the ribbon interface was implemented quite nicely on the OSX platform.

Titoist said,
I can't believe people use iWork. When I bought my Air, I downloaded the trial version of iWork while I waited for Office 2011 to be released. The program was ****. Office 2011 is the way to go and the ribbon interface was implemented quite nicely on the OSX platform.

+1, after 5 minutes of the iWork trial i uninstalled it, complete garbage imo

My only real complaint about Office 2011 is that Outlook doesn't support Exchange 2003 servers. Outlook 2010 does.... humft. Oh, and where is OneNote?

Got my email today regarding this trial release... However I'm hesitant on installing this because I already have 2008 installed. Does anyone with prior OSX and Office trial release experience now if this will cause any complications?

SaltLife said,
Got my email today regarding this trial release... However I'm hesitant on installing this because I already have 2008 installed. Does anyone with prior OSX and Office trial release experience now if this will cause any complications?

It's OK, they both go in different folders in the Applications. I had them running both for a month before switching completely. Not that I really wanted to keep 2008 anyway, after the first time I've seen 2011

SaltLife said,
Got my email today regarding this trial release... However I'm hesitant on installing this because I already have 2008 installed. Does anyone with prior OSX and Office trial release experience now if this will cause any complications?

As PxY said - no problems at all and I can't see you wanting to go back to the old version again!

Byron_Hinson said,

As PxY said - no problems at all and I can't see you wanting to go back to the old version again!

^-- Thats going to be the major problem. If you don't really want to upgrade to 2011, I would advise against the trial. 2011 is much better than 2008 in just about every way I can think of. You'll probably have a hard time going back to 2008 once the trial is over.

SaltLife said,
Got my email today regarding this trial release... However I'm hesitant on installing this because I already have 2008 installed. Does anyone with prior OSX and Office trial release experience now if this will cause any complications?

Thanks for all the input guys... I kind of want to try/buy it because of my classes this year anyway... guess I better pull out the old checkbook lol