Microsoft has released a 30-day trial version of Office 2008 for Mac. Its a fully functional trial version and is convertible to full version at any time. When you download it, a 30-day trial product key is sent to your email ID. It runs side-by-side with earlier versions of Office, and when your 30 days is up, you have the choice to either purchase a copy from your local Apple retailer or buy a product key from Mactopia online and be up and running without reinstalling.
30 days is a big amount of time to test the new product and the best thing is, there is no limitation in this trial version.
The full version of Office 2008 for Mac (Standard Edition) runs just under $400 with the upgrade going for $240. The Home and Student Edition is quite a bit cheaper at $150 for the full version (no upgrade), though it doesn't contain Exchange capabilities that the other versions have.
Thanks to Ars Technica for the news...