Simplify Your Work: Office 2008 for Mac Details Revealed

    New Special Media Edition provides powerful digital asset management

    PARIS, Sept. 25 /CNW/ -- The Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) at
Microsoft Corp today announced at the Apple Expo in Paris its product line-up
for the upcoming Microsoft(R) Office 2008 for Mac release. The flagship
product, Office 2008 for Mac, is the core suite that includes Microsoft Office
Word 2008, Microsoft Office Excel(R) 2008, Microsoft Office PowerPoint(R) 2008
and Microsoft Office Entourage(R) 2008 for exceptional productivity on the
Mac. 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(R) 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).
    "We built Office 2008 with the unifying goal of making it easier for Mac
users to access the tools they need to get the job done -- whether it's
creating a brochure for their business, managing their family schedule and
finances, or finalising a presentation to share between Macs and PCs," said
Craig Eisler, general manager of the Mac BU at Microsoft. "And, of course,
Office 2008 for Mac will provide the document fidelity with the 2007 Microsoft
Office system that our users need to stay connected with their friends and
co-workers on PCs."
    Delivering the Industry Standard
    Office 2008 for Mac features a leading suite of applications that Mac
customers rely on to get their work completed with Word 2008, Excel 2008,
PowerPoint 2008, Entourage 2008 and Microsoft Messenger for Mac. Mac users can
simplify their day by using powerful new tools and easily located classic
Office for Mac features.
    As showcased at Macworld Expo 2007, Office 2008 for Mac is designed to
help users get more from their Macs by making key functions accessible through
a more intuitive design and by introducing smart 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 that are simple to use and
yield powerful results. Entourage 2008 also features improved Windows(R)
Exchange Server support, with enhanced reliability and functionality.
    "We've worked closely with Microsoft since it launched the first version
of Office for Mac more than 20 years ago," said Ron Okamoto, vice president of
Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple. "Office delivers tremendous
compatibility across platforms for Mac and PC customers, and we look forward
to another great user experience with Office 2008 for Mac."
    A Suite to Meet Every Need
    The Mac BU will offer two versions in addition to Office 2008 for Mac
that meet distinct user needs:

    -- 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.
    Pricing, Availability and Technology Guarantee
    Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac will be available in the US beginning 15
Jan 2008, with global general availability in the first quarter of 2008. There
also are specially priced upgrade versions for legally licensed users of
previous versions.

    -- Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, $399.95 (US)* for the full retail
       version; $239.95 (US)* for the upgrade version
    -- Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition, $149.95 (US)*
       for the full retail version
    -- Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition, $499.95 (US)* for
       the full retail version; $299.95 (US)* for the upgrade version
    Today also marks the start of 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.
    About Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit
    The Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft is a leading developer of
software and online products for the Macintosh platform. The group comprises
approximately 180 full-time Mac product experts and is dedicated to creating
innovative software for Mac customers worldwide. For more than 20 years,
Microsoft has developed award-winning software for the Mac. Current products
include Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, a productivity suite that includes the
e-mail application and personal information manager Entourage 2004, Word 2004,
Excel 2004, PowerPoint 2004 and Messenger for Mac 6.0. More information about
the Mac BU and Microsoft Macintosh products is available at
    About Microsoft
    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:   MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their
full potential.
    About Microsoft EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
    Microsoft has operated in EMEA since 1982. In the region Microsoft
employs more than 12,000 people in 60 subsidiaries, delivering products and
services in 138 countries and territories.
    * All prices are estimated retail prices and may vary by retailer.
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