Mac Office 2008 Preview

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    Microsoft's Office for Mac team blog wrote about their thought process in developing the user interface for the upcoming Mac Office 2008.
    They've also posted a sneak peak at Mac Office 2008 at http://www.macoffice2008.com/

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    The sneak peek site is running extremely slowly. Has anyone taken screen shots, or found them elsewhere?

    From the little I've seen, I don't think I'm going to like this new UI. It looks like it will take up more and more of my widescreen iMac's limited vertical screen space. :p
     
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    And my Macbook's...NeoOffice and Pages it is then :)
     
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    Such a bloated site! I hope it's not an indication of how the apps will turn out to be.
     
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    iwork '08 or Office '08

    Which do you think will be better?

    :apple::apple::apple:
     
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    It looks great, I can't wait to get my hands on it, my copy of v.X student is getting a little old.
     
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    I used Office up until iWork was released. I'm happy that I have something that runs effortlessly, does exactly what I expect it to and opens all files I need. Office has become a lazy cow, bloated and full of "features" :rolleyes: not many people know about or use.
     
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    um, someone should have told Microsoft not to bother. Bill, there's a little something called iWork '08 which kinda makes office for Mac somewhat useless. :)

    Seriously though, I'll take a look when it's released, but will most likely stick to iWork.:apple:
     
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    Too bad, Microsoft took too long so I went for iWork '08.
     
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    Absolutely moronic

    As someone who has recently been forced by the IT team to upgrade to Office 2007 at work, I can tell you for a certainty that the ribbon alone will keep me from upgrading. I swear, it sometimes takes my 10 clicks to complete a simple formatting task I used to be able to do quickly from a single screen. Who are these people that design for Microsoft, and where do they get their foolish ideas? To make a bad situation worse, it seems that customizing that ridiculous thing takes some work, which I have not found time for yet. So, once again, we're stuck with doing things the way Microsoft thinks they should be done. Not that Apple's much better some times, but at least their interfaces are not designed by a 5 year old with megalomania.
     
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    I've always been a huge fan of Office on the Mac, but after watching that flash presentation on their site, all I can say is: ugh. I don't think I will be upgrading.

    I really don't like the new direction the Office apps are taking. I don't like them on the Windows platform, and I like them even less on OS X.
     
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    This looks like an improvement on the Windows ribbon, and I'm slowly getting sold on some of their design ideas, but I still think this is wrong in terms of layout... Particularly with more and more widescreen displays, I would've really preferred for them to streamline this same model of functions into the vertical palettes.
     
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    Personally I miss the old Office 2000 and XP. It was ugly but functional, and I wouldn't mind something just like that for the Mac. I tried Office for Mac and couldn't understand why they changed so much between the two. Firefox on PC and Mac look about the same...

    EDIT: Just checked out some of the vids... if I wanted to make brochures and stuff I'd stick with iWork. I used to use Word for typing random reports and stuff, but I've switched to TextEdit. I haven't tried out Numbers yet, but Excel is the only thing I use Office for nowadays.
     
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    I still am not over the fact that they aren't supporting vB macros. I'll stick with my Office 2004 + iWork 08 combination.
     
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    i'll probably try it out when it comes, but i'll mainly use iwork 08
     
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    I don't know, but I can tell you which will be cheaper.
     
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    Ummm... Ok

    The UI is "nice". It's going to take some time to get used to. It's just diffrent. But what I'm wondering is if Apple will be offering some kind of iPhone support for Office2008. I would think something may come out in version 1.1.1... who knows. :apple:
     
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    What a bag o' ***** website. Took ten minutes to draw the frames then the video freezes after about two seconds. How very Microsoft. Sheesh. :rolleyes:
     
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    They can't even get their web site to work on my Mac. :rolleyes:
     
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    Click "share" and just copy/paste the Youtube link :)
     
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    In my opinion, Office is the only thing Microsoft does better than Apple. I expect that will probably change in the future, but for the time being I will most likely stick with Office.
     
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    I posted the youtube links.Scroll back a page.
     
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    iWork '08 FTW! :apple:
     
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    The ribbon interface may seems like a lot of clicks.
    But what Office 2008 can do in those video seem pretty nice. iWork does not seem as powerful and Office 2008 seem to be able to produce things as pretty.

    Wait and see, and I am excited to see how it will turn out to be.
     

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