Local Tech Wire

REDMOND, Wash. – Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 will be available in more than 100 countries around the world at the end of October, the company announced on Monday.

The suite will come in two editions to purchase at retail — Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Office for Mac Home and Business 2011.

Prices should now "map closer" with the Windows versions of Office, Microsoft claims.

Home and Student includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Messenger, and is being priced at $119 for a single user, or $149 in a three-installation Family Pack. Home and Business adds the new Outlook for Mac to the mix, at a cost of $199 for a single license, and $279 for a Multi-Pack supporting just one additional computer. Student users will be able to upgrade to Business online.

The Academic package includes the same software as Home and Business, but at a lower $99 price tag for eligible students and staff.

In addition if customers purchase Office 2008 for Mac starting today, they will be able to upgrade to Office 2011 when it is available at no additional cost through the Microsoft Office for Mac Technology Guarantee Program.

People must register for the offer by Dec. 31 using a product key and a dated sales receipt.

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