Despite being released more than a year ago, Microsoft’s Office: Mac 2008 now comes in a trial version. If you don’t have a copy of the near-ubiquitous office suite on your Mac, you can now download a full and complete trial copy to play around with. If you decide to keep it, no need to visit a store — you can purchase a license key over the Internet and keep using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Entourage without interruption.
Office Mac team member Marshall Nam announced the new trial offer in a post to the Mac Mojo blog on Microsoft’s Mactopia site yesterday morning. Touting many of Office 2008′s new features like SmartArt graphics and Word’s Publish view, Nam explains that the trial includes the latest version of the full office suite, with all the “improvements and enhancements” made in the last few updates.
This is a welcome move for new Mac users looking to check out the competition. Apple has included a free, 30-day trial of its iWork suite on new Macs for a while now, so Microsoft might be trying to counter Cupertino. Sales might be down, or Microsoft might be seeing increased competition from iWork on Google’s online office suite. Nam does state that the Office Mac team has been “heads-down working on the next version” of the software, so perhaps another major version is coming — for desktop Mac OS X, or maybe for the iPhone.
Either way, the new trial is a great way to see if Office 2008is something you want to purchase. The Office trial is available for download here.