The Office suite, which includes popular applications like Microsoft Word, Office, and PowerPoint, is slated to ship to businesses and consumers later this year. Office will be available in four editions.
The standard Office Home and Student version is priced at $149 for packaged software, or $119 for those who wish to download the software and activate it with a key card. Office Home and Business is available for $279 boxed, or $299 for a key card. Office 2010 Professional, which includes a number of tools geared toward enterprise environments, is $499 boxed, or $349 for a key card. College students and professors can get a price break by purchasing Office Professional Academic priced at $99.
All versions of Office 2010 will include access to Office Web, which is a pared down, Internet-based version of the software. Microsoft also plans to make Office Web available for free to the public through its Windows Live portal. Microsoft intends to give its corporate customers the option of hosting Office Web on their own servers in order to give them more control over the product.
Microsoft confirmed that Office 2010 will be available sometime in the middle of this year, but did not provide a more specific timeframe.