Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac

I’m happy: Microsoft will release three versions of Office 2008 for Mac suite in January, with the most expensive of the bunch aimed at creative professionals overwhelmed by the task of organizing their digital media files.

Office 2008 for Mac Student and Home Edition, which includes three licenses for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage, an e- mail, calendar, contacts program, will cost $150.

A $400 version aimed at professionals who use Apple Inc. computers, simply called Office 2008 for Mac, includes the same programs as Home and Student.

A third version, the $500 Special Media Edition, adds features to the $400 configuration, including Expression Media, a program that helps computer users organize and manipulate digital photos, video and other files.

All three versions work on Intel-based Macs and older PowerPC machines.Apple announced in August that it added a spreadsheet program to iWork, the company’s own productivity software suite. Apple sells individual licenses for $80 and family packs, which allow users to install the programs on five different computers, for $100.

Excellent news, wait! 😉

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