Office 2007 for mac

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  1. JDN macrumors 6502a

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    I bought my first Mac this summer (MacBookPro ... and i hasnt caused me any trouble at all, i love it.) and i need to get office at some point. I havnt bought Office 2003 for Mac because i know its not 'native' to the intel macs yet and has to run through Rosetta. But i cant seem to find a release date anywhere for office 2007 for mac universal. Does anyone know when it is likely to be released?

    Also, i have been told conflicting information from different Mac shops. One said if i bought Office 2003 then when the software became avaliable there would be a free upgrade, not to 2007, but so that it was universal and didnt need rosetta. Another store told me id have to wait till the universal one came out and buy it then. Im not sure what of this is correct, or if the first guy was just trying to get a sale.

    Anyway, any information anyone can give me would be great.

    Cheers,
     
  2. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    There isn't an office 2003 for mac, it's 2004 :) If you need an office suite now, but want to wait for a univeral binary of Microsoft Office, you could always use the free options, such as OpenOffice or NeoOffice (which are both univeral binaries) in the meantime.
    Personally, i use Office 2004, even though it isn't a universal binary, it runs well enough on my macbook for what I need. There's a slight delay when you open Word for example, but once it's loaded up it runs nicely. I'd imagine if you bought it now and a universal binary was released, you might be able to get a discount on it, but i doubt it would be a free upgrade.
     
  3. SpankyPenzaanz macrumors 6502a

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    Hopefully ith the iteration of office excel will be worth a damn. There are significan shortcomings in my pov on mac vs pc on the excel issue

    BTW anybody know if keynote from iwork05 is universal?
     
  4. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    New username 'cause I hated my old one.

    Anyway, Microsoft hasn't made any official announcements about the next Office. Typically they're numbered a year after the Windows version, so probably Office 2008. It's kind of ackward-not really sure what the smart thing to do is, as it could easily be a year until the next version...or 6 months? (Or two years, who knows...)

    And no, they're not providing an update to Office 2004 to make it x86 native.

    Hopefully the next Office will fix the font rendering issues Office v.X and 2004 have :(
     
  5. Thomas Harte macrumors 6502

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    Hopefully the next version of Office will fix not just the font weirdness but the word spacing weirdness, the freaky window resize control and make the scrollbars work in the same way as every other OS X scrollbar rather than always doing the same thing they do in windows (i.e. click to page up/page down).
     
  6. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a

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    Office 2004 runs really well on my MBP. If you need it now, buy it. Microsoft has been known to offer free upgrades only to people who chose to buy a current version after a new version has been announced (but is not shipping yet). The next version of Office hasn't been announced yet, so you probably wouldn't get a free upgrade.
     
  7. wiseguy27 macrumors 6502

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    As others have already suggested, buy MS Office for Mac 2004 only if you really need it (and can't live without it). If not, get NeoOffice or OpenOffice (I like NeoOffice better) for free - they're not 100% compatible with the file formats that MS Office uses, but you may be able to work that out to a good extent (it may require some effort).

    I wouldn't suggest buying MS Office for Mac 2004 now and upgrading later - MS is not known for software that costs less (not in the Office and OS space) - my guess is that upgrading later would also cost a significant amount (probably $150+ for the Professional Edition).

    If you can live with less features, get MS Office for Mac 2004 standard or student-teacher edition - they cost a lot lesser than the Professional Edition, although I suspect they may not be good enough for business or professional use.
     
  8. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    The Student and Teacher Edition of MS Office 2004 is exactly the same as the standard edition, and the only difference between those two and the pro edition is the inclusion of Virtual PC. Virtual PC doesn't even run on Intel Macs, so if you have an Intel Mac it would be stupid to buy Office 2004 Pro. You would gain absolutely nothing.
     
  9. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Given that Office for Mac is usually updated after Office for Windows. And Given that Office for Windows won't be updated until after Vista is released. And given that Vista won't be released until next year (or so they say now) . . . I wouldn't expect a new Office for Mac before 2008.
     
  10. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    there's windows 95, and no office 96, but office 97... there's windows 2000, but no office 2001, but office 2002 (xp) and office 2003 for windows and 2004 for mac (and xp could be said was released in 2001, or 2002... oh yeah, and there was windows ME, which was released 2000 as well, i believe)... so im' not sure where the typically numbered a yr after windows version

    but again... without any substantial facts, i'd imagine office for mac will come out toward the Q3 or Q4 of 07... perhaps w/ the numbering 2008?
     
  11. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    There is a Win95 and Office 95. Office 97 is the Windows suite. Office 98 is its Mac cousin. Office 2000 does exist. Make no mistake--Office 2001 most certainly exists, as well. Office 2001 is the Mac cousin to Office 2000.
     
  12. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    i was talking about the windows versions...
    and i stand corrected for the misunderstanding it for the mac versions
     
  13. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    I just ran across this at Mike's Hardware

    http://www.mikeshardware.co.uk/RoadmapQ107.htm

    I don't see any mention of Universal Binary, but we can hope.

    Microsoft Office 2007, formally known as Office 12, is expected to be released in January alongside the consumer versions of Windows Vista. Perhaps the most notable improvement is the significant user interface redesign with menus and toolbars being replaced by Tab bars, for choosing Ribbons, and Ribbons themselves - advanced toolbars featuring the most commonly used features for the task you are performing. Amongst other improvements, Word, Excel and Powerpoint will save documents in a zipped XML format by default, with Microsoft providing a royalty-free license for the format. Office 12 is also expected to feature native support for Adobe's PDF format. Office 12 is expected to be made available in the following versions:

    Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, Office Communicator (instant messaging), InfoPath, OneNote, Office Groove 2007 (peer-to-peer collaboration), and server-based content management, forms management, and information rights and policy capabilities. This version is expected to only be available to volume licensing customers.
    Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, Office Communicator, InfoPath, and server-based content management, forms management, and information rights and policy capabilities. This version is expected to only be available to volume licensing customers.
    Microsoft Office Professional 2007 - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and Publisher. Full version $499, Upgrade $329.
    Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook with Business Contact Manager, and Publisher. Full version $449, Upgrade $279.
    Microsoft Office Standard 2007 - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Full version $399, Upgrade $239.
    Microsoft Office Basic 2007 - Word, Excel, and Outlook. Available only with a new PC purchase.
    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. $149 with 3-PC family license. No upgrade price.
     
  14. mox358 macrumors 6502

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    Cause thats the Windows version. MS had made no official announcement for the next Mac Office besides it exists and will be universal.
     
  15. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    Yea, the student version is cheaper, but when the next version of MS office comes up you'll have to buy a full version you cannot buy an upgrade. But then again, I'm not even sure if MS office comes in upgrade versions, i'm too lazy n tired to do the research right now. Good night.
     
  16. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    It is not a matter of upgrade versions, it is a matter of upgrade pricing. And yes, the upgrade price is substantially lower than the full price.
     
  17. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Windows: Office '97 - Office 2000 - Office 2003 (current).
    Mac: Office '98 - Office 2001 - Office 2004 (current).

    If we have to follow the pattern, a new Office should be released thsi year, but I find it more probable to follow the releases of Vista. Then Office 2007 for Mac in late 2007.;)
     
  18. DHagan4755 macrumors 6502a

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    From my standpoint as a network administrator, Microsoft really needs to overhaul the way they design the "plumbing" of Office for the Mac. Most notably, the way it works with network users (This is also somewhat true of Adobe with Photoshop, as well). Microsoft needs to design the application so that the pieces that make it work don't rely so heavily on creation dates and its own fonts. I am looking forward to Microsoft adopting Apple's application design standards for the next version so it runs better in a network environment.
     
  19. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    I'm only looking forward to proper Exchange server and Outlook mailbox format support. Those greedy damned idiots don't seem to want to play fair ;( ;( ;( ;( ;(
     
  20. xappeal macrumors regular

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    What about Office xp??? that was a 2001 release right?
     
  21. Lollypop macrumors 6502a

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    Whats wrong with the current versions office and exchange support? I agree that MS Office for mac should be able to import windows PST and export them as well.
     

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