Activating Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac using the built-in online activation wizard no longer works. You enter your Product Key, you click the “Activate” button… and you get a message about the activation server being unavailable and a recommendation to try again later. You try again later and it still doesn’t work. (It will never work.)
So you try the “Activate by Phone” option. Activating by phone sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. If it doesn’t work for you, try calling Microsoft Sales & Support and telling them you’re trying to activate Office 2011 for the Mac. The Microsoft Sales & Support person will give you a very, very long number, which you can type into the boxes in the Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac activation wizard, and that should take care of it.
Here’s the number that’s worked for me.
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