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Old Feb 18, 2008, 01:53 PM   #1
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Mac Office 2008 vs. Fusion/XP/MS Office 2007

Still digging this MacBook Air I bought on Saturday.

Quick question though. I sent off for the Super Suite Deal and am waiting for my Office 2008 to come through. It looks like it will be a while.

I think that the Office 2004 experience, is inferior to 2007, and sluggish due to Rosetta. I'm having better luck using Office 2007 using XP via VMWare. With all the reports of Office 2008 being slow, I'm thinking that my current setup might be better than that too!

Anyone who's compared the the different setups on a MB Air care to comment?
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Old Feb 18, 2008, 04:17 PM   #2
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the winner goes to fusion+msoffice2007 imo. not only does it load faster, but also the ui in office 2008 overall feels "broken." the floating windows are a carryover from 2004, and setting options for those feel like a lame excuse to borrow from the apple pro apps look and feel. the ribbon is more intuitive in 2007 than 2008 (if there ever was one), and i spend less time looking for what i need in the former as well. the death knell is 2008 has formatting issues with 2003 versions of excel documents.

the only win out of the entire 2008 suite is entourage. that is what outlook should have been.
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Old Feb 18, 2008, 04:57 PM   #3
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2007 wins because of one word: Access.
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Old Feb 18, 2008, 05:13 PM   #4
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the winner goes to fusion+msoffice2007 imo. not only does it load faster, but also the ui in office 2008 overall feels "broken." the floating windows are a carryover from 2004, and setting options for those feel like a lame excuse to borrow from the apple pro apps look and feel. the ribbon is more intuitive in 2007 than 2008 (if there ever was one), and i spend less time looking for what i need in the former as well. the death knell is 2008 has formatting issues with 2003 versions of excel documents.

the only win out of the entire 2008 suite is entourage. that is what outlook should have been.
Wow! Strong words, but after spending the last two days running Office via Fusion, I can believe it. I don't have hands on with Office 2008, but the reports and reviews are alarming.

If any of you reading this are currently eligible for educational purchases, then you should know that Office 2007 is available for $60 through Microsoft. It's how I got mine, and now I'm really not that excited about Office 2008.

Here's the link - http://www.theultimatesteal.com/home.asp
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Old Feb 18, 2008, 05:30 PM   #5
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I far prefer Office 2008 to Office 2007 or 2003 under Fusion. I find it far quicker, smoother, responsive. It depends what you use it for, off course. Basic writing and formatting and simple spreadsheets is my bread and butter so I can only vouch for that. If you do anything complex, well I wouldn't know how they compare. I keep Office under Fusion for emergencies in the actual office.
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I go with the fusion + Office route. I installed TinyXP with Fusion so the xp doesn't take up as much space. The load time is very fast and program runs fast too. I don't have Office 08 so I cannot compare the speed.
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Hmm, whats "tiny xp" ??!!

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I go with the fusion + Office route. I installed TinyXP with Fusion so the xp doesn't take up as much space. The load time is very fast and program runs fast too. I don't have Office 08 so I cannot compare the speed.
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