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

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  1. GREEN4U macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    Yes, it will. I use it daily and exchange files constantly with other Mac and Windows users.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    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

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    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

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  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    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

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    +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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