Entourage coexists with Office 2011 Home & Student

Now that an email client is not included in the Home & Student version of Office 2011, users are asking ‘can I continue to use Entourage’? The answer is yes! See  Microsoft KB: 2394241 for full details.  You cannot find Entourage 2008 after installing Office for Mac 2011

If you decide at a later time that you want to upgrade Office 2011 Home & Student to include Outlook, you will be able to upgrade to Home & Business without re-installing. Under  Word, Excel or PowerPoint  in the menu bar, you can select Purchase Options to upgrade. The upgrade cost is $99.99. You will need to enter your credit card to purchase the upgrade.

Select to upgrade your version of Office

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7 comments to Entourage coexists with Office 2011 Home & Student

  • Stuke

    When I follow your suggestion, I’m lead to a price of $279.99. I don’t see it at $99.99. To be clear, my version is Office for the Mac 2011 – Home & Student – Family Pack. It came as the Technology Guarantee upgrade to my purchase (after Aug 1, 2010) of Office for the Mac 2008 – Home & Student. It is because I didn’t “pay” directly for 2011 H&S that I have to pay full price for the Outlook-enabled version of 2011? If this is true, I’ll be saying “Adios Microsoft, for good.”

  • Tim

    I have the same problem as the commenter above… when I click through to upgrade, it tells me that the price is $279.99. This is after a full install of Office for Mac 2011: Home & Student. What??! This is quite frustrating; for now I’ll be sticking with Apple Mail.

    • Remember, this site is not an official Microsoft site. If you are having problems, only official Microsoft support can help with this kind of problem.

  • Richard Humphries

    I have the same problem……Microsoft say I need to pay £129 to upgrade to business edition so that I can have Outlook. This cannot be right. Has anyone found a way through this ?

  • William LeGro

    I’m very late to this thread, I know, but I just want to relate what happened to me with Snow Leopard and Office 2004 – yes, 2004; it was free from my wife, and neither of us got 2008. When I got the new iMac with Snow Leopard, I also installed Office 2011 Home and Student, not knowing there was no more Entourage, which is the best email app I’ve seen for my purposes. I tried using Mail, but it was a pain in all ways. So I installed 2004 despite vague (to non-techie me) warnings not to. It was working fine, and so was Entourage, until I installed one of the Snow Leopard updates – I don’t know which one (how many have there been since November 2010?) After that, color vanished from Entourage, both fonts and background. I tried recovering it by working in Word 2004 and 2011, and I got it back, but only intermittently. Finally, I did an archive & install of Snow Leopard, and haven’t done any updating (I do only manual updates) – and Entourage has its color back! If it only lasts. And I can only hope that I don’t really need the OS X updates – my disks were 10.6.4 and that’s as far as I’ve gone.

    • When you install an older version like Office 2004 AFTER you install Office 2011 it puts back files/fonts that would have been removed with Office 2011. It’s easy to delete the Office 2004 fonts since they are in the User’s Library/Fonts folder. Next you need to clean up the duplicate fonts installed by Office 2011. See Font Management for help. I’m more concerned with the mdimporter file for Spotlight and the MERP file that’s used to notify you about updates.

      You really need to do the combo updaters for Snow Leopard. Be sure all applications are quit when running the combo for best results. If you have a problem like you describe, the first step is to verify where the problem is located. Testing in a new User will quickly tell you if the problem is system wide or if it’s your User’s folder that contains the problem.

      When updating OS it’s best to get the combo updater rather than use the incremental updater via Software Updater. More info.

      Mac OS X v10.6.7 Update Combo


      Go to System Preferences –> Create a New User in Accounts. Switch to the New User by logging out/in or use Fast User Switching.

      More Info: Mac OS X 10.5 Help: Creating a new user account