Office 2011 sales to slash prices up to 33 percent

Microsoft and others will slash the price of its Office for Mac 2011 suite by as much as 33 percent next week during a five-day sale.

Office for Mac 2011, which launched late last month, will be discounted at several online and brick-and-mortar retailers starting on Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. The deal will run through Monday, Nov. 29.

Amazon.com will cut the price of Home & Student by $40, to $80 for the one-license version and $110 for the three-license package. Home & Student lists for $120 and $150 for the one- and three-license editions, respectively, putting Amazon's discounts at 33 percent and 27 percent.

Other retailers, including Apple's own stores, Best Buy, MacMall and Microsoft's e-store, will chop off $20 from the list price of Home & Student.

Microsoft has discounted the Mac application suite before. In 2008, for instance, the company cut prices by as much as 70 percent for the then-current Office for Mac 2008 Special Media Edition, a $500 bundle that Microsoft did not revive for the newest edition.

As of mid-day Thursday, Office for Mac 2011 Home & Student held the No. 5 spot in Amazon's software bestseller list, while the pricier Home & Business had the No. 7 spot. The latter includes the same Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications as Home & Student, but adds the Outlook e-mail client to the mix.

Microsoft's Windows-based Office 2010 Home & Student was the No. 1 package on the same list.

[Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is gkeizer@computerworld.com.]

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