The Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft has announced its product lineup for the upcoming Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac release.

The suite includes Microsoft Office Word 2008, Microsoft Office Excel 2008, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2008 and Microsoft Office Entourage 2008.

A new combination for Mac users is Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition, which features the Office 2008 applications together with the Microsoft Expression Media digital asset management system.

This is geared toward professional users who need Microsoft Exchange Server support and Automator tools and are looking for one product to meet their productivity and digital asset management needs.

Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition will be a specially priced version for users with basic productivity needs.

All versions of Office 2008 for Mac support the new Open XML file format and are Universal applications that will perform natively on Power PC- and Intel-based Macs.

Each version will be available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, and, for the first time, in the Nordic languages (Danish, Finnish and Norwegian).

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac will be available in the United States from January 15, 2008, with global general availability in the first quarter of 2008.

US pricing has been confirmed as $399.95 for Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, and $239.95 for the upgrade version.

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition will be $149.95 while the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition will be $499.95 for the full version and $299.95 for the upgrade version.