Microsoft has made a trial copy of its new Office for Mac 2011 software available this week.
Office for Mac does not include all the components that are available in Office Professional Plus for Windows, but supports Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Microsoft launched Office for Mac 2011 in October. Office for Mac 2011 also sees the return of Outlook on the Mac, offering similar functionality and appearance, including a Mac inspired theme ribbon, as Outlook 2010 for Windows.
Office for Mac 2011 will also allow for multiple document editing, so users can edit the same document at the same time, without getting a lockout notice. Office for Mac will include document sharing with other Mac and Windows office users, through SharePoint, SkyDrive and web apps.
Microsoft recently revealed that new users of Office for Mac 2011 must enter a 25-character activation key within 15 days of installing the product otherwise the product will refuse to launch. At the end of the grace period, Office for Mac 2011 refuses to launch. The grace period and after efforts of not activating Office for Mac 2011 are much stricter than Office 2010 for Windows. Office 2010 gives users 30 days to activate and provides a grace period of up to 180 days providing you reset the grace period countdown clock.
Pat Fox, Senior Director of Product Management of Office for Mac revealed in a blog posting that Office for Mac 2011 has had a great launch:
“When I look at the results and what we set out to accomplish, I’m very impressed with the improvements and new features the team delivered. I can also say that Office 2011 has gone past our internal sales milestones.”
Users who test Office for Mac 2011 during the 30 day trial and decide to purchase a fully copy can choose between two editions:
- Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac and Messenger for Mac, and will retail starting at £89.99 ($119.99). It will be available in two editions — a single install for £89.99 ($119.99) and a Family Pack for £109.99 ($149.99) with three installs for families with more than one Mac in their household
- Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, Outlook for Mac and Messenger for Mac, and will retail starting at £189.99 ($199.99). It also will be available in two editions — a single install for £189.99 ($199.99) and a Multi-Pack for £239.99 ($279.99) with two installs for a user with two machines.
Microsoft’s 30 day Office for Mac 2011 trial is available here.