Microsoft Unveils Mac Office 2008 Packages, Pricing

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    Read the entire article here
     
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    Expression Media? Interesting! I wonder whether we'll eventually get Blend too.

    I expect that I'll get Office for free from work anyway :D
     
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    I love my site license. Even the home/student version doesn't look that bad.
     
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    Wow 400$ for the regular version and 500$ for the "special" media edition...

    Thank God my mom is a student... However when they say:
    When they say comparable version, I'm guessing I can buy a student version of MS Office 2004 for the Mac for around 60$ then upgrade to 2008 for 10$ extra? Now I'm not the kind of guy who milks out companies or anyone but his is Microsoft... lol

    Anyways, I'll be getting 2004 for free from my mom's work... So if I get that do you think I can upgrade to '08? lol
     
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    If you have access to a Site license, it must mean you should at least get access to the Standard and Special SKUs which both include the Exchange support through Entourage 2008. Microsoft needs to beef up the SKU values though, with the loss of Virtual PC which came with Office for Mac 2004 Pro Edition, the value looks like its struggling. Yes there are some nifty features in 2008 and I sure will be taking a look at it, but I think the sweet needs one more app. Its time to bring over OneNote I say.
     
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    I assume your mom is under a Volume License contract at work which gives her home rights/use. Then it would be assumed that if the Company gives her access to the 2008 software she should be able to upgrade her home license of it too. Remember, the license is on lease from the Company, its not hers. And if she leaves there is the issue of perpetual licensing. If I were you, I would look into getting the Office 2004 Student and Teacher Edition then take advantage of the free upgrade pricing for the appropriate pricing when it comes out.
     
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    Yeah definitely, I have multiple ways of getting Office (legally) but the school store sells them for 64$..

    So many things to buy yet so little cash... But it isn't really a company, it's more of a laboratory...

    Thanks.
     
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    Wonder if there's going to be an upgrade path like MS does with other products.
     
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    What kind of Automator actions do you think they're talking about?

    And I guess for the Home and Student edition, anyone can qualify, it's not just for students anymore (or people pretending to be students)? I think I remember hearing about that before, but I wasn't sure.
     
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    I was thinking this was Expression, but it is just a cataloging app from a different source. I am much more interested in the ability to connect to Exchange servers. Has Microsoft increased the functionality of Entourage or does it think that a cosmetic and UB upgrade to Entourage 2004 is good enough?
     
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    Correct; they're dropping the silly pretense of the specially priced student and teacher edition. That's why it's called "Home and Student" instead of "Student and Teacher"...

    Not sure what to do, personally...$149 is a lot for something that doesn't strike me as a total necessity with all the choices we have.

    Scrivener + iWork might be enough for me...
     
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    I'll pass thanks. iWork does all I need. :)
     
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    Hard to tell from the preview site. You might not get a good answer until January 2008.
     
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    Microsoft Unveils Mac Office 2008 Packages, Pricing

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    Microsoft has announced packages and pricing of their upcoming Office 2008, to be released in January.

    Version:Notable Features:Price
    Home and Student Edition: Contains all core Office products, but lacks Exchange support : $149.95(full version only)
    Standard Edition: Core products, including Exchange support and support for Automator workflows : $399.95(full)/$239.95(upgrade)
    Special Media Edition: Standard Edition plus Expression Media for Mac (Windows product link) : $499.95(full)/$299.95(upgrade)


    All versions have been further localized to Danish, Finnish & Norwegian (the "Nordic Pack".)

    Also announced is a new technology guarantee. Buyers of Office 2004 from here on out will be eligible for an upgrade to Office 2008 for only the cost of shipping and handling.

    Article Link
     
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    so if I have Office 2004, the upgrade is free plus S&H? Can't be right.
     
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    If you buy office 2004 today, you are eligible for a free upgrade.
     
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    $150 isn't bad for the Home Edition.

    For my needs though... I'll stick to NeoOffice.

    That Expression Media things looks kind of interesting - it appears to be the result of Microsoft buying iView Media:

    http://www.iview-multimedia.com/

     
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    no exchange support for student edition?? wtf.

    my college uses exchange.

    **** microsoft
     
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    Wow is that what office is going for these days?
     
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    Rubbish, Neo-Office is 5X better,
     
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    Can't believe they're giving a free upgrade....... I suppose they did it with XP to Vista too though.

    That's awesome though, hopefully it's actually a good improvement cuz I liked 2004 quite a bit.
     
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    I think it means if you buy it right now then you can get a free upgrade. Just like when Vista was announced, if you bought Windows XP they would give you a free upgrade to the equivalent edition of Vista plus shipping and handling.
     
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    seems a little overpriced. why would anyone pay 499 for an office software package? It looks cool, but I'm not paying that much.
     
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    i'll probably end up getting the home edition, i don't need exchange support, and really would like a better version of word/excel.

    looking forward to trying it out though.
    can't believe its going to take so long for release though.
     
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    Microsoft are being greddy as usual, obviously iWork 08 doesn't shake them! I think for my needs iWork 08 is fine!
     

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