TUAW has the scoop on the Mac Office 08 versions and pricing. It looks like we’ll be getting 3 versions to choose from (which, in my opinion, is two – possibly three versions too many).
* Microsoft Office 2008 for the Mac: This is the core version of the productivity suite which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Entourage. This version includes some Automator workflows, as well as Exchange support in Entourage (you’ll see why I mention this in a moment). You can pick this version up for $399.95 (US) for the full retail version and $239.95 for an upgrade.
* Microsoft Office for the Mac Home and Student Edition: This is aimed at the segment of the market that needs to edit documents and such, but isn’t in an Exchange environment. As such the version of Entourage included in Home and Student Edition does not support Exchange, nor do you get Automator workflows with this edition. This edition only comes in the full retail flavor for $149.95
* Microsoft Office for Mac Special Media Edition: This one is interesting. It includes everything in the core suite (including Exchange support) as well as a full version of Microsoft Expression Media for Mac for $499.95 or $299.95 for the upgrade.
$149.95 for the basic edition isn’t a bad price at all – but I honestly think that most “basic” users would enjoy iWork as much, if not more, than this – for the lovely price of $79.