Before moving to Lion, you will need to upgrade Microsoft Office for Mac X and 2004. Lion will not run PowerPC applications. Both Office X and Office 2004 are PowerPC. Office X users need to consider that at sometime, you will not be able to upgrade to a newer mail client. If your computer dies and you purchase a new computer that only runs Lion, you import options will be severely limited. See “Tips” below.
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
- Office for Mac 2011 Home & Student -Family Pack – installs on 3 computers $107.99
- Office for Mac Home & Student 2011 – 1 Pack installs on one computer $89.99
Note: Office for Mac 2011 H&S does not contain Outlook. You can purchase later if needed. The cost is $99.
- Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 – 1 Pack installs on one computer $158.16
- Office for Mac 2011 Home & Business – 2 Licenses – 1 user $156.90
Previously, you could install on your desktop and laptop but were restricted to using only one computer at a time. If you want to install H&B on both laptop and desktop, you must purchase the 2 pack.
There are no upgrade options for Office 2011.
Microsoft Office for Mac 2008
- Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student Edition $73.73 (does not contain Exchange support)
In total, the 3 licenses (Product Keys) for Home & Student enables you to install on 6 separate Macs… This means 2 Macs for each of 3 users or individuals in the same household.
- Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 Business Edition 1 Pack $129.00
- Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 Business Edition Upgrade $215.04 (H&S 2008 does not qualify, but any previous version of Office qualifies)
How to install when you have an upgrade CD of Office and no longer have the original version installed.
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- Intel computer
- Exchange 2007 or higher
- Leopard or higher
- Does not require activation
- Installs on Intel and PPC computer
- Supports Exchange 2003
- Installs on Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard & Lion
- See Install Office 2008 on Lion
Trial Version of Office for Mac 2011
The Trial version of Office 2011 is available for download, but it is the full retail price. It can be upgraded with a retail CD Key where the trial for Office 2008 could not be upgraded with a retail CD Key. The trial version of Office 2008 is no longer available.
Office Mac 2011 Academic -Single license $99. (same as Home & Business) Students must purchase their copy through qualified educational channels. more info (Can be installed on one computer only. If you get a new computer or replace drive. it cannot be installed again.)
- Apple Mail requires Entourage to be open before it will import. If you plan on moving to Lion, you will need to convert to the current Apple Mail before upgrading to Lion.
- Both Entourage 2008 and Outlook for Mac 2011 will import from Entourage 2004, but not from Entourage X. If your Entourage data has corruption, your import could fail. You need to be sure your data is clean before you delete your previous versions of Office.
- Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint are the same in H&S, H&B and Academic.
- You can run both Office 2008 and Office 2011 at the same time
- You can run Entourage with Office 2011 Word, Excel & PowerPoint
- When installing Office 2011 do NOT remove your previous version of Office until you are satisfied with the upgrade.
- Create a backup of your drive on an external drive or partition BEFORE upgrading to Lion. If you need to open your old applications to recover data you can boot from the backup.
Before moving to Lion…
Mac OS X Lion System Requirements
In order to install Mac OS X 10.7 you will need:
- Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
- 2GB of RAM
- Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later with the Mac App Store installed
- At least 4GB of additional disk space to accommodate the download, but more is obviously recommended
PowerPC applications will not run in Lion. If they are Universal or Intel you need to verify that they are upgraded for Lion.
To check, use Apple System Profiler to view applications by Kind.
Use this chart to see if your Intel applications will work under Lion. App Compatibility Table – RoaringApps