Microsoft offers free trial download of Office 2011

Many Office aficionados bought Microsoft Office 2011—the latest and greatest version of the software giant’s productivity suite for Mac—sight unseen. For everyone else, Microsoft announced on Tuesday that a trial is now available for free.

Whether you’ve been on the fence about the new Office release or you just follow a strict code of try-before-you-buy, the new trial section of Microsoft’s Office for Mac site should be music to your... wallet. The downside is that you’ll have to hand over a few personal details to Microsoft in order to download the suite. But the good news is that you’ll score fully functional demos of every app in the suite: Word 2011, Excel 2011, PowerPoint 2011, and the triumphantly resurrected Outlook 2011 which, I should note, is only included in the Home and Business edition.

Like Lieutenant Commander Data, the Office for Mac 2011 trial is fully functional, but only for 30 days. To run it, you’ll need an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher, as well as 1GB of RAM and 2.5GB of free space.

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