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Office 2011 Prices Up, Multi-license Pack Drops; Launches IE10 Powered Thief of Thieves

Microsoft has quitley raised pricing of Office for Mac 2011 by as much as 17 percent and has stopped selling multi-license editions of the Office for Mac productivity suite of the application.

“It’s not clear when Microsoft raised prices. The oldest search engine cache Computerworld found with the new prices was Feb. 2, so the company boosted them before then, likely on Jan. 29, the day it launched Office 2013 and Office 365 Home Premium,” reports Computerworld.

The new prices are identical to those of Office 2013 for Windows, as are the percentage increases.

The price increases and the killing of the multi-license packs clearly intended to steer consumers and small businesses to a pair of Office 365 Home Premium subscription service plans.

“The price increases and the disappearance of the multi-license bundles also makes Microsoft’s Office 365, a software-by-subscription deal the company has aggressively pushed, more competitive with traditional “perpetual” licenses.”

Office for Mac 2011 Price Raised

In other news, Internet Explorer launched ‘Thief of Thieves: Experience,’ an interactive online game based on the comic book series from ‘Walking Dead’ creator Robert Kirkman and Skybound.

The site is a stunning showcase of the new features in Internet Explorer 10, including full multi-touch capabilities and HTML5 support, within an immersive chromeless browsing experience and it uses:

  • CCS3 animations for some of the larger scene transitions on the site;
  • MSGesture API for handling more advanced pointer interactions like the safe cracking exercise;
  • pageVisibility API to detect when an open page isn’t being actively used so we can control audio appropriately;
  • setImmediate API to improve performance and power consumption on tablet devices,” informs the IE team.

Experience Thief of Thieves here.

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