Microsoft to End Support for Office 2008 for Mac on April 9

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft today announced that it will end support for Office 2008 for Mac next Tuesday, on April 9.
    Microsoft recommends that affected users purchase an Office 365 subscription, which includes Office for Mac 2011 and future updates to the product. Office 365 costs $100 per year or $10 per month. Office 2011 can be purchased for $140 to $220.

    Office for Mac 2008 updates will be available for download until April 19, 2014, but no new updates will be provided after April 9, 2013. The software will remain functional even though it will no longer be supported.

    Article Link: Microsoft to End Support for Office 2008 for Mac on April 9
  2. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    Apple needs to look at Google Docs and add some of those features into iWork.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
    They're still supporting Windows XP, and they won't support Office 2008? That's a shame on people who can't/won't update to the recent version.
  4. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    I wonder if they will discount it. In any case, I'm doubtful many people will spend money on a subscription. Maybe, they should turn it into a freemium app where you could purchase coins to buy different actions. How much should it be worth to enable the help paper clip :D ?
  5. macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    I have nothing against Microsoft Office. I've used the Windows versions in school and they were extremely easy to use.

    But Office 2008 for Mac is complete garbage, and using it is a nightmare in my opinion. For the Mac side Pages & Numbers is a much better alternative or better yet Google Docs.
  6. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
  7. macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2002
    Portland, OR
    Read support to mean security fixes
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    Rockland/Manhattan/Bay Area
    you can get MS Office for Mac 2011 for $9.99 via their Home Use Program.. just need a valid work email
  9. macrumors 68020

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    My wife has office for her Mac, but somehow I just cant do it. I have the apple office suit and for my home use it works perfectly. No MS or Google anything on my apples, thank you.
  10. macrumors 68030


    Mar 24, 2010
    Location: a Sun Chung wu xia
    looks like I'm learning to use Pages

    and/or install that HOP version of MS Office 2011.

    Subscription service, forget it.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    Okay... According to previous releases they are coming out with a new version every 3-4 years and it costs $140-200. That's at max 200/3 = $66.67 a year. Compared to Office 365 for $100 a year... How is this worth it?
  12. macrumors 68020

    Oct 26, 2008
    Time to stop upgrading and stick with the old version.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Why is that? Did they sleep with your wife, or run over your dog? Hell I am using a mac (instead of linux) BECAUSE it can run MS Office.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2012
    whens the new one suppose to replace 2011?

    i want microsoft onenote for mac!
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2012
    Well this isn't exactly a fair comparison. XP is an operating system which about 50% of business still use today. Office for Mac is in comparison a niche piece of software. Keep in mind Microsoft tried to pull support of XP until the industry had an uproar...
  16. macrumors 68000


    Jul 19, 2002
    I think I've bought my last MS Office. OpenOffice and LibreOffice are good enough replacements for what I do now.
  17. macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    Going by their traditional schedule, it should be some time in Q4 of 2013 or early 2014. Since they're working on Windows Blue, they may have a new version out with it, or after their major release.
  18. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    LOL, iWork is abandon ware along with pretty much all of Apple's desktop software.
  19. macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2008
    iWorks and LibreOffice have been meeting my needs starting from when Lion/ML dropped Rosetta support and my Office 2004 software stopped it's journey.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    They did BOTH in MY pickup truck and haven't brought it back.

    Any free Six-String guitar apps to keep me company???
  21. macnerd93, Apr 4, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Nov 28, 2009
    United kingdom
    I use office 2008 on my Dual G5 and it works well, but Office 2011 is much faster on my iMac. I have to use MS office simply to avoid compatibility and format issues when submitting assignment work for university. This is something pages has messed up in the past.
  22. macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2012
    I only need one thing...the database capability of Excel. Guess I'll just keep milking Office 08 until it just won't run anymore.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2012
    Windows XP isn't supported anymore. Doesn't get new updates,
  24. macrumors 68020

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    No they slept with my dog and ran over my wife on the way to your place to sleep with your wife. Seriously is there a need for this stupidity.

    As for your slightly more legitimate statement. I know of people that have a mac running MS office, chrome browser, dropbox, and a bunch of other stuff. That was the WinTel model not the Walled-off-Garden that is Apple. What is the point of getting an Apple if you are going to then not use the whole value proposition. At least for me it makes no sense. If I was going to do the mix and match and then fight with the integration model, I would get a cheap ass WinTel thing.
  25. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    XP is still supported, until April 2014. It still receives security updates, but since it's now in "extended support" you need a paid support contract for non-security updates and support "incident" calls.

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