Microsoft has said that it expects to release Office for Mac 2011 in October at reduced price points in line with the Windows versions.
Following the move to drop upgrades from the PC range, Microsoft has dropped upgrade packages and reduced the pricing substantially, as much as 50 per cent for some SKUs. The company will offer Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac Home and Student versions without the Outlook email client while the business version also bundles Outlook to replace the Mac's native Entourage email client.
The student version will cost $119 for a single licence and $149 for a family licence which can be installed on three Macs, the same price as a single licence of Office 2008 for Mac. Office for Mac Home and Business will now cost $199 for a single licence, half the cost of the 2008 version. A special $99 version will also be available under a tertiary education discount scheme with the same features as Home and Business.
Users of the student edition will be able to upgrade to the Home and Office version via the web. Additionally any purchases of Office for Mac 2008 from now on will be automatically eligable for an upgrade to Office for Mac 2011.