Posted on 25-Sep-2007 17:22
Filed under: News
The Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) has announced its product line-up for the upcoming Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac release. The flagship product, Office 2008 for Mac, is the core suite and includes Microsoft Office Word 2008, Microsoft Office Excel 2008, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2008 and Microsoft Office Entourage 2008.
A new combination for Mac users is Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition, which features the Office 2008 applications together with the Microsoft Expression Media digital asset management system. Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition 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. Completing the product line-up is Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition, a specially priced version for users with basic productivity needs.
All versions of Office 2008 for Mac support the new Open XML file format and are Universal applications that will perform natively on Power PC- and Intel-based Macs. Each version will be available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, and, for the first time, in the Nordic languages (Danish, Finnish and Norwegian).
Office 2008 for Mac introduces features such as Ledger Sheets in Excel 2008, My Day with Entourage 2008, Publishing Layout View in Word 2008 and SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2008. Entourage 2008 also features improved Windows Exchange Server support, with enhanced reliability and functionality.
Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition features the complete Office 2008 for Mac productivity suite specially packaged with a full version of Microsoft Expression Media for Mac to empower the media-savvy Mac user with smart digital asset management tools. Expression Media is a powerful and customisable image management software application for importing, annotating, organising, archiving, searching and distributing users’ ever-growing collections of digital files.
Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition provides the basics of Office 2008 for Mac for home and school users. This version includes three user licences for use by consumers and students at home but does not include connectivity to Microsoft Exchange Server or support for automated work flows.
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac will be available in New Zealand 31st January 2008. There also are specially priced upgrade versions for legally licensed users of previous versions.
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac will be priced at NZ$699 for the full retail version and NZ$399 for the upgrade version. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition is priced at NZ$299 for the full retail version, and Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition, NZ$899 for the full retail version.
The company also announced the technology guarantee programme that allows customers in select regions who purchase qualifying Office 2004 for Mac product(s) to upgrade to a version of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac for only the cost of shipping, handling and applicable taxes. More information about the programme specifics in various regions is available at local Office for Mac web sites.