Office 2008 For Mac Gets Priced Higher Than 'Free'


Google Docs & Spreadsheets competitor Office 2008 For Mac received pricing today. There are three versions, all of which require installation onto your Mac’s hard drive. The standard version features Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Entourage and, at $399, will cost $399 more than Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

The "Special Media Edition" costs $499 more than Google Docs & Spreadsheets and "includes Expression Media, a digital media cataloguing program that Microsoft acquired from its 2006 purchase of iView Multimedia."

There’s also a Home and Student edition that sells for $149 more than Google Docs & Spreadsheets but that doesn’t connect to an Exchange Server or feature Automator scripting features like the other two more expensive options.

Office 2008 for Mac was delayed back in August and won’t be ready until January 2008. This version now supports Intel-based Macs and recent owners of Office 2004 are eligible for a free upgrade, minus $10 shipping. Google Docs & Spreadsheets is available now and priced at zero dollars. It does not need to be shipped or installed because it lives on any modern web browser.

Microsoft sets pricing on Office 2008 for Mac [CNET]