Office for Mac launch dated and priced

Office for Mac has been given a rather vague launch date and price structure that could only have been created by Microsoft.

The software monopolist has announced that the ubiquitous productivity suite will get a new outing on Apple architecture in 'late October' and will be available in more than 100 countries worldwide although the only pricing the company has offered is in US dollars.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Messenger and it will cost $120 for a single install or you can get a Family Pack with three installs for $150.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 includes all of the above as well as Outlook and will cost $200 for a single install or $280 for 2 installs.

Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011 includes all of the above but you'll have to prove your a student in higher education or involved in teaching to get a copy for $100.

There will no doubt be also sorts of Volume licensing variants available but they have yet to be announced.

The software will be available in 13 languages: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Polish and Russian.

There will be a number of upgrade paths between the version, and Microsoft has announced that anyone who buys a copy of Office 2008 for Mac from today onwards will get a free upgrade.

Anyone who brought a copy yesterday is out of luck.