Is Microsoft Office 2008 "good enough" for today/2012?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by GREEN4U, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. GREEN4U macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
    I have Microsoft Office 2008 on an external hard drive but I've never used it. I'm thinking about installing it on my soon-to-be new Macbook Air, as I'm going to be a grad student next Fall and I don't want to spend $150 for the latest version of Office.

    I currently have Office 2004 for Mac and it's a pain to use with Office for Windows, not being able to convert the .docx files (and all other .x files) that my new school sends me. My question is, would I have the same problem with the 2008 version? Or will Office 2008 be good enough to get me through a few more years of school?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, it will. I use it daily and exchange files constantly with other Mac and Windows users.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I preferred 2004 over 2008 actually
    But 2011 really is a worthy upgrade to 2008
    I would encourage you to go ahead and take the plunge, esp. if you want several more years from it
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Yup should be fine. 04 can't run on Lion as it's PPC iirc

    Though, OP, you could always use a suit like LibreOffice to handle the newer formats if need be and cost is an issue
  5. GREEN4U thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    All the above and also check with your school to see if you can get a deal on the newest version of Office through them. Many schools and businesses have a $10 offer going!
  7. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    +1, as I had 2008 and it was sluggish, going to 2011 makes a huge difference IMO, however it is so cheap, and thru my company we can purchase MS Office for either Mac or Windows full version of the latest for $9.95.

    Check with your IT department or School because Microsoft basically gives it away as a perk for large corporations and Schools, really a good deal.

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