At the Macworld Conference & Expo we announced the availability of Office 2008 for the Mac.
Office 2008 boasts a streamlined and intuitive new user interface that lets users immediately jump in and start working. The updated suite keeps the traditional drop-down menus but adds the new Elements Gallery row of tools in Word, Excel and PowerPoint to unlock the power of Office.
There are some productivity gains as well, such as the new stand-alone My Day application. Although My Day is connected to Entourage, users do not have to open the application to get a quick look at the day’s tasks, upcoming meetings and items on their To-Do List. When users do enter Entourage, they will enjoy a new simplified interface where they can customize the Toolbar, color-code their calendar appointments and easily add travel time to meetings.
Options & Availability:
Office 2008 for Mac is available in most regions worldwide, with full global availability by the end of the first quarter 2008. Microsoft Volume Licensing will be available for customers in the United States starting on Feb. 1, 2008. Customers with any previous version of Office for Mac are eligible for upgrade pricing. The three versions are as follows:
- Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
The core suite includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage along with Microsoft Exchange Server support and Automator tools for the ultimate Mac productivity experience. The estimated retail price is $399.95 (U.S.)* for the full retail version and $239.95 (U.S.) for the upgrade version.
- Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition
This specially priced version delivers three licenses for home and students with basic productivity needs and consists of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a non-Exchange Server-enabled version of Entourage. The estimated retail price is $149.95 (U.S.) for the full retail version.
- Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition
This special new edition combines Office 2008 applications with the Microsoft Expression Media digital asset management system and is geared toward professional users who need Microsoft Exchange Server support and Automator tools and are looking for one product to meet their productivity and digital asset management needs. The estimated retail price is $499.95 (U.S.) for the full retail version and $299.95 (U.S.) for the upgrade version.
Lots of reviews available as well, which are relatively positive.