iWork '08 v. Office 2008 Student & Teacher

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by scubasteve3715, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. scubasteve3715 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    So now that both iWork '08 and Office 2008 are out, there lies only one question......Which one to buy? I have Office 2004 and would definitely like an upgrade cuz its freakin slow. However, im really hesitant to move to iWork because i heard bad things about the spelling/grammar check. I would love to move to all apple apps but i have no experience with either iWork '08 or Office 2008.
    Also...It seems that Office 2008 Student & Teacher has dropped Exchange server support in student and teacher edition.....not cool since Mail wont work with my exchange server. I am not paying $400 to get exchange support along with a bunch of other crap i really don't need. Does anybody have experience with either product? Advice would be great!
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    iWork has a 30 day trial you may like to try out :)
  3. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    since i need to write papers and submit to some journals, I definitely go with MS Office 2008, and somebody told me there will be 3 licenses in that student version box.
  4. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    I write all my papers and journals using Pages. Export to pdf or word doc has never been an issue if I need to do it.

    As for the new Office if it's anything like the new Windows version then I'm staying the hell away from it for sure.
  5. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    mmm, once accepted, they ask for source file, which can not be in PDF. I wouldn't want to worry about compatibility issue in this type of important situations.

    Plus, I forget to mention I need to do some complicated plots with excel.
  6. afallnstar macrumors member


    Sep 9, 2007
    Office 2008

    Your best bet is defiantly to run Office 2008. It offers cross platform compatibility with which is essential for me as a student.
  7. Beowulf666 macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2007
    I purchased iWork'08 and it does everything that I need it to do. I write papers, do labs, and have to share documents between me and other people in groups which use PC's. Personally I don't think there's anything wrong with iWork but I can understand if some people just feel more comfortable with MS Office. Also, the price of Office is a bit too high, and for a much cheaper product, iWork'08 does everything Office can, and IMO, better. But it's really up to you.
  8. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    if M$ office student box indeed contains 3 licenses, then its rather cheap, 130/3=$43 per licenses

    and excel is MUCH more professional in science field.

    of course, only when you actually use all 3 licenses.
  9. scubasteve3715 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    Thanks guys. Probably the thing that concerns me the most is the lack of exchange support in entourage in the student edition. I use entourage daily because its the only app that syncs with the server at school. But i dont want to pay all that money to upgrade to the standard edition just for exchange support. Does anyone know if the new entourage definitely wont work with exchange server?
  10. aptenergy macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2003
    The Student and Teacher version definitely does not contain Exchange support.

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