Microsoft details Office for Mac 2011 release

The software suite is scheduled to become available at the end of October, with pricing starting at $119 for the Home and Student version.

Microsoft on Monday announced pricing and availability for its Office for Mac 2011 software suite.

The version of the Office suite for users of Apple's Mac computers is scheduled for release via retail outlets at the end of October, in two editions: Office for Mac Home and Business 2011, and Office for Mac Home and Student 2011.

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"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."

The software titan also said that anyone buying Office 2008 for Mac between August 1 and November 30 will be able to upgrade without an additional charge.

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.

Pricing starts at $119 for Office for Mac Home and Student 2011, which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Messenger. A Family Pack that allows installation on three Macs will be available for $149.

There's also a $99 edition specifically for students, faculty, and staff in higher-education settings: Office for Mac Academic 2011, which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Messenger.

Microsoft said that Office 2011 will be available in a dozen languages besides English: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. The suite will be available in more than 100 countries at the end of October.

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