Microsoft offers Office 2008 promotion for the holidays

Microsoft on Tuesday said customers can purchase versions of Office 2009 for Mac with a discount ranging from $20 to $50.

Microsoft on Tuesday said customers can now purchase versions of Office 2009 for Mac with a discount ranging from $20 to $50.

The deal was promoted on Microsoft's Mac Business Unit blog with a post by senior marketing manager Amanda Lefebvre. She called it the "gift of productivity," which for some may not have quite the same heartfelt resonance as the famous O'Henry story.

So here’s the deal...starting today (November 17), you too can add a little productivity to your life AND save a few bucks. At participating resellers you can save:

- $20 on Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student Edition - $50 on Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition - $40 on Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition Upgrade

The promotion will run through January 5, 2010.