A free preview download of Microsoft Office v.X for Mac is due for imminent release by Microsoft, reports claim.

Dubbed the Word X Test Drive, the beta will include much of the final product's main features, according to reports from MacMinute.

Microsoft Office v.X features an Aqua user-interface, and support for OS X's architecture. Over 700 new icons have been added, using anti-aliased graphics.

Applications included within the suite include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and personal information manager and e-mail application Entorage X.

New features include Clear Formatting, which resets character and paragraph formatting, sets default-text style, and restores documents hyperlinks.

A Multi-Selection feature applies formatting, spelling and searching on multiple selections throughout Word documents. Customizable keyboard shortcuts in Excel and PowerPoint are also new to this release.

Office X for Mac OS X will retail for $499 in November. UK pricing has yet to be announced.