MBA and MS office 2008

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  1. nbmoose macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone used MS office 2008 with the MBA yet?
    work well?

    Does the apple education store give a discount on MS office?It doesn't appear to? is this correct?
     
  2. clayj macrumors 604

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    Office 2008 works just fine on my MBA... I use Entourage for e-mail on my Macs, and it does exactly what I expect it to, quickly. I don't run Excel or Word much, but from my testing they appear to run at a decent clip.

    As far as discounts go, I don't know about that. There is an educational Office 2008 package that's only $150 or so, I believe.
     
  3. bamaworks macrumors 6502

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    Check with your school's technology store, I got Office 2008 two weeks ago for $65....
     
  4. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Your better off getting office from your school library or Tech store it will be cheaper there.
     
  5. edwardjung macrumors newbie

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    Educational version of Office 2008

    Microsoft offers educational discounts. The educational version of Entourage in Office 2008, I believe, does not support Exchange protocol, but you can use IMAP4, etc.
     
  6. clayj macrumors 604

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    This is correct. If you want to connect to an Exchange Server without having to use IMAP, don't buy the educational package. This deficiency/requirement is listed on the box.
     
  7. Retops macrumors regular

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    Office 2008 on MBA

    I held off for a while putting Office 2008 on my MBA because I had heard some grousing on the internet (no really, I did, on the internet!) that Office ran too slowly on the Air.

    I finally broke down as I continue to receive many documents in the docx format. Office 2008 runs very well on my MBA, possible even a bit faster than the previous edition. For me, the change to the new program was worth it.
     
  8. digitalfx macrumors 6502a

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    I've been running Office 2008 on my MBA since it arrived. Works great and is as fast as the XP version. I also dont understand why everyone was talking about how slow it is. I am connecting via Exchange and have a very large file (6gb)...no speed issues at all.
     
  9. clayj macrumors 604

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    Almost totally forgot to mention: Office 2008 gains a lot of performance over Office 2004 because 2008 is actually a Universal Binary; Office 2004 was written only for PPC Macs and as a result it had to use Rosetta emulation on Intel Macs. Switching to UBs makes a big difference in the speed department.
     
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    office ran slowly the first few times i ran it, but now it is just fine.
     
  12. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    No problems - cranks up Entourage 2008 about three seconds faster than Outlook 2007 on the UX390N that I have to hand (1.33Ghz Core Solo, 1Gb RAM, SSD, running Vista Business), which happens to be the slowest Windows ultraportable I own. About 5 seconds to crank up Entourage and attach to my Exchange Store ready to sync, as opposed to about 8 for the UX.

    The UX is however about a second faster to launch Excel 2007 vs Excel 2008 on the Air, and about half a second quicker in Word. Not an earth-shattering difference, and the Air boots up these apps in what I'd consdier to be a perfectly reasonable time.

    It is kind of weird though that the Air is beaten in those two respects by this,
    [​IMG]
    given that MS Office is a heavier-weight application under Windows...

    Either way though, not a big deal - pretty much what I expect for an ultraportable, and nicely usable in terms of overall response. As far as performance is concerned, can't complain.
     

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