Microsoft sneakily increases Office 2011 for Mac price by $20

While most of us have been caught up in the launch of Office 2013 and the new Office 365 subscription packages, Microsoft has sneakily increased the price of Office 2011 for Mac without introducing any new features at all. Office for Mac Home & Student used to cost $120, but Microsoft has recently increased the price to $139 (a 17% increase) to bring the suite in-line with the equivalent Office for Windows package (2013 Home & Student), which costs the same.

Home & Student isn't the only SKU affected, as Home & Business for Mac also sees a rise from $200 to $219 (a 10% increase), again bringing the price to the same level as the equivalent Windows package. At one point Microsoft also offered multi-license editions of Office for Mac, such as a three-license Home & Student bundle costing $150, however these have disappeared in favor of Office 365 with a $99 yearly subscription for five licenses.

It's not quite clear when Microsoft quietly raised the price for Mac Office purchasers - it could be either September last year when prices were announced, or late January when Office 365 Home Premium launched - but it definitely seems like Mac users are getting the raw end of the stick here. The good news is that you can still get Office 2011 for the old pricing through some retailers, such as Amazon, but don't expect it to last.

Source: Computerworld

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Is it even legal considering the lack of competition in the market ? I remember Nintendo was found guilty for keeping price high back in the NES days.

I'm sorry guys, i love Neowin and appreciate all the hard work you guys put in to writing the news stories and articles but this sort of piece is what brings it all tumbling back down.

Over 200 words and a whole headline dedicated to a $20 rise in one of Microsoft's products and then to stick an unrelated "sneaky" in the title makes the whole thing reek of 'filler'.

Quality over quantity, i'd rather read less great stories than tons of drivel.

Simon said,
For the price of that increase, I could buy Pages. Which is what I use, without any issue.

You obviously don't work in any professional environment if you are insulated from documents from outside companies; where Pages simply is not fully compatible; sure the basic documents it will work on - google docs will do that for free so no need for pages but once you get documents that has formatting or macros your idea of Pages is good enough doesn't work.

Pages is from 2009 and is outdated, all of the iWork sweet is 4+ years dated trash at this point.

Yeah, if you work in a professional environment, you might need Office. But you know who doesn't need Office? Roughly 95% of the people who buy it.

iWork has gotten plenty of updates since 2009. Just because it hasn't been relabelled as "New!" doesn't mean it's old. It's perfectly adequate for the school work I do.

Are you seriously expecting a price change notification? How would you suggest they approach this notification? So let me guess: Microsoft will raise the price of Office 2011 for Mac by $20 starting February 18, 2013. Maybe it's me, but that's like shooting yourself in the foot.

rip off if they going to higher it at least come out with new features for it or just release office 2014 for mac

it's just sad.
on microsoft online 365 they still don't offer office for mac, nor the office 2013 for win.
with the premium i'm paying, they could do it, now instead i still have to pay for both and get 2010 for windows only.

What are you talking about? Office 365 offers downloads of Office 2013 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac right now, today. I'm looking right at it.

Joshie said,
What are you talking about? Office 365 offers downloads of Office 2013 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac right now, today. I'm looking right at it.

not here. still 2010 pro plus...

I use office.microsoft.com/myaccount, but I have the University plan (essentially Home Premium, but four years instead of one and dirt cheap). I'm looking at Small Business and Enterprise plans (up to 25 users) that run on 2013, but your plan looks either deprecated or due for an update. I really don't know.

Scorpus said,

It was unannounced, and it's an increase in price for nothing extra

Cor, I wish I lived in your world, where prices never increase for anything and companies keep you informed of every little thing they do. Maybe then I wouldn't be surprised every time I pull in to refill my car and get mugged at the pump!

FloatingFatMan said,

Cor, I wish I lived in your world, where prices never increase for anything and companies keep you informed of every little thing they do. Maybe then I wouldn't be surprised every time I pull in to refill my car and get mugged at the pump!

Got to agree with this.
Prices go up, not being announced is hardly sneaky. Sneaky would be not telling any one until the card details where in the machine and the order was being processed.

FloatingFatMan said,

Cor, I wish I lived in your world, where prices never increase for anything and companies keep you informed of every little thing they do. Maybe then I wouldn't be surprised every time I pull in to refill my car and get mugged at the pump!


I have to agree with this.
Scorpus said,

It was unannounced, and it's an increase in price for nothing extra

And that is where you're wrong! Office 2013 is, after all, a new product and I personally welcome that Microsoft raised the price on the Mac editions to match their Windows versions. I always found it unfair that Mac users had to pay much less for virtually the same product. If anything, it should cost even more than on Windows since MS has to develop it for another platform with far less users.

Tumultus said,

[...]Office 2013 is, after all, a new product

I may be wrong, but I think it's the price of the old Office 2011 for Mac that has been increased.

There's no "Office 2013 for Mac" under my MSDN subscription download page.

from article

Microsoft has sneakily increased the price of Office 2011 for Mac without introducing any new features at all.

Torolol said,
so, i just need some Mac Emulator on my windows rig to use the office cheaply ...

you can install virtualbox for free, then you need a license of win8 and office for windows.
else you could try Wine, without windows.

dead.cell said,
What a stupid thing to say. Just because you paid more for an item you actually like doesn't mean you like getting ripped off.

If you didn't like paying more for less, you wouldn't buy a Mac.

FloatingFatMan said,
If you didn't like paying more for less, you wouldn't buy a Mac.

Or maybe I'm just not an ass and don't go around slamming people for what they chose to purchase.

dead.cell said,

Or maybe I'm just not an ass and don't go around slamming people for what they chose to purchase.

Hey, at least I understand the definition of the word "slam".

Unlike you.

How do you know what other people need?
Maybe you only need a 11" laptop with a 2 year old CPU with a small mechanical HDD, only a couple hours of battery life and are OK with running Windows, but some people need more.

a0me said,
How many $300 laptops do you know that have a i7 CPU, SDD and 4-5h battery life?

You sure as hell won't find any Apple ones for that kind of money.

FloatingFatMan said,

You sure as hell won't find any Apple ones for that kind of money.


Never said that you will. I was referring to the OP who thinks that Mac users "spend 3x as much as they need to on their rig."

bviktor said,
Uh, since when do MBPs cost $300?

They don't. I was referring to the OP who thinks that Mac users "spend 3x as much as they need to on their rig."

So? Isn't that true? The cheapest 13.3" MPB with SSD starts at about $1500. Are you telling me you can't buy a 13.3" notebook with i5 CPU and SSD for $500? Then you're living in denial.

Or even make the multiplier just 2, doesn't make any difference, still damn expensive compared to PC.

bviktor said,
So? Isn't that true? The cheapest 13.3" MPB with SSD starts at about $1500. Are you telling me you can't buy a 13.3" notebook with i5 CPU and SSD for $500? Then you're living in denial.

Or even make the multiplier just 2, doesn't make any difference, still damn expensive compared to PC.

dude, you serious? it's like comparing ipad with surface pro...
if you compare MBP 13 with a netbook, then you just better go to pick up potatoes in a field...

@bviktor
More accurately, you can get a MBP with ssd for $1399 (free shipping).
13", 2.5 GHz i5, 4GB RAM, Intel HD 4000, 128GB SSD.

Can you recommend a Windows laptop that matches most/all of these specs at 1/2 or 1/3 the price?

AlexMagik: who dafuq talks about netbooks?

@letmesee: 2 minutes of googling: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge T430 3254AEU:

- 14"
- 2.5 GHz i5
- 4GB RAM
- Intel HD 4000

You can get it for $600, plus a Samsung 840 128GB for less than $100, there you have it (with bigger display and a bonus HDD). OFC you can get even cheaper models with "noname" (Asus, MSI, ...) laptops but ThinkPads are of quality.

Any other questions?

bviktor said,
AlexMagik: who dafuq talks about netbooks?

@letmesee: 2 minutes of googling: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge T430 3254AEU:

- 14"
- 2.5 GHz i5
- 4GB RAM
- Intel HD 4000

You can get it for $600, plus a Samsung 840 128GB for less than $100, there you have it (with bigger display and a bonus HDD). OFC you can get even cheaper models with "noname" (Asus, MSI, ...) laptops but ThinkPads are of quality.

Any other questions?

i misread it... but you don't need to be a pig when replying, i'm sure your mom teach you better than talking "dafuq" to people...

and the lenovo? plastic square box, with the battery that if you want decent one, it's going to come out the back? really?
sorry but... no. i rather get a MBP and install windows than get a plastic shoe box.

nevertheless. this is way off topic...
if you are happy on windows, stay on windows, people that are happy on mac, will stay on mac, if microsoft is not paying you (or lenovo), why are you crying around internet and calling people names? are you 12?

Lol are you for real? First you tell me to "pick up potatoes in a field", talking about completely irrelevant topics, and trying to use those irrelevant arguments to prove that I'm wrong, then YOU tell ME not to call you names, which I didn't.

And yeah, a white case with an apple logo for 700$ sounds like a great deal.

So, after all, no, I'm not here to cry or call anyone names, I didn't do that (unlike you), the whole conversation was about Macs being way more expensive than PCs, which is a FACT I just proved. Yet you act like a problem child, whining about things that didn't happen. Way to have a constructive conversation, mate.

Edited by bviktor, Feb 19 2013, 1:00pm :

You've found a laptop that's cheaper than a lower end MacBook, well done! Apple products will always lose in a race to the bottom. You also get what you pay for. A quick look at the Lenovo and you'll see that it's significantly bulkier than the MBP and its battery life is about half Apple's machine.

Now, if you'd look at All-In-Ones or mid-high range ultrabooks, you'd see that the price difference isn't what you think it is.

FloatingFatMan said,
"Quality" was not part of the metric here, just price. You -can- get a none Apple laptop, with the same spec, for 1/3 the price. Fact.

Except that your point falls apart because you're just comparing hardware. Whenever someone approaches me to buy a Mac, they KNOW there are comparable Windows PCs that are at a better price. The thing is that they don't want Windows.

It's funny that Apple users get picked on for being so smug, when there are people on the opposite side of the fence who act just the same.

I don't own any Apple products, but I do work retail, and I do understand why a customer buys a specific computer. If the Macs went up in price randomly for no damn reason at all, I'd be bitching about that too. (fun fact: they actually dropped the price on a few of their products)

If you love Microsoft, that's cool. At least be critical of them though, because I'm rather annoyed that they're raising prices and restricting the license even further to push their subscription model on people.

But please, explain to me why I should totally be cool with that.

Edited by dead.cell, Feb 19 2013, 6:00pm :

Yeah yeah yeah, blah de blah blah...

Every single word you said is totally irrelevant to the point under discussion, which was buying a Windows based laptop for 1/3 the price of an Apple one.

You lost the point. Admit it and move on. Leave the straw men out in the corn field.

You claimed that if I liked paying more for less, I wouldn't get a Mac when the comparisons are apples to oranges.

Of course, when in doubt, answer nothing. Bravo.

@bviktor,

The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge T430 3254AEU uses the older (2450M) i5, compared to MBP's (3210M).

And I was actually asking if I could get a laptop with those specs, straight from the seller, instead of having to find and upgrade the parts myself.

Otherwise, we should be comparing the non-ssd version of the MBP ($1199).

And for sure, it looks like good deal (though discontinued at Newegg).
Amazon lists the Lenovo at $835, currently discounted at $615.
Comparing the RRP prices: MBP ($1199), you save 30%.
Comparing the discount prices: (The highest Apple discount I've seen are usually 10% = $1079), you save a bit more, slightly less than 50%.
But take into account this does not include delivery, whereas Apple ships theirs free.
And as I mentioned earlier, the Lenovo has the older Sandy Bridge i5.

Now back to my question. It's still the same as before:

Can you recommend a Windows laptop that matches most/all of these specs at 1/2 or 1/3 the price?

While Apple products aren't the cheapest around, I don't think it's as crazy as some people suggests (3X, 2X).

Many other factors need to be considered, including size/weight/portability, visual appearances, after-sale support, etc.

Nice try grasping at straws there... The fact is that you can't get a similarly specced PC of equal quality at 1/3 the price of a Mac.

Dushmany said,
yikes, what is this new trend...?

It's called getting less for more. This is why I tell people to never let their bias get in the way of being critical. Most companies will bend you over the kitchen table if you let them.

dead.cell said,

It's called getting less for more. This is why I tell people to never let their bias get in the way of being critical. Most companies will bend you over the kitchen table if you let them.

"If you let them" is right. If you don't like the price of an item, don't purchase it.

Yeah.

Instead of $150 for 3 Licenses of a product. It's now $140. Nearly a 300% increase/license.

Also, "Home & Business" or "Home Premium" don't offer anything over "Home & Student" for the Mac. There are no Mac versions of OneNote, Publisher, or Access.

And "Outlook" (which used to be Entourage, MS just renamed the app to Outlook) offers less support for Exchange than the Mail.app that is included with Mac OS X and far, far less than Outlook for Windows.

...business can be used legally for commercial purposes which is quite important.

Desktop mail programs will be gone soon, better investment is in online mail offerings.