Update: Microsoft has a dummy howto page up here.  The links don’t work but obviously Microsoft’s prepping itself

If you are quick and a Microsoft Volume License customer you can now download the Mac Office 2011 from Microsoft. It appeared on Microsoft’s Volume license page over night and readers have already downloaded their copies.

We’re not sure if this is a mistake or an early gift for volume customers.  It weighs in at 972MB (not GB!) and no license key is required. It’s labelled as “Office for Mac 2011 Standard”. However, it includes the full package (including Outlook and Messenger v8).  Look for:

SW_DVD5_Office_Mac_Standard_2011_English_MLF_X16-99088

The official release wasn’t expected until late October.  Some screenshots below (Thanks Jared!)

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