Microsoft Launches Mac Office 2008

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Amidst all the Apple announcements, we neglected to mention that Microsoft officially launched Mac Office 2008 yesterday. Alongside the release, they've relaunched the Mactopia website. Microsoft Office was made available for preorder last week, and is now shipping.

    Macworld provides a look at Macworld Expo:

    Article Link
  2. zwida macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2001
    Just in time for me to buy sometime in 2009, I think.

    And hopefully the last Office I ever buy. Perhaps they'll be a different way of looking at these issues in 4 years (or so...).
  3. thebassoonist macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    Davis, CA
    i'm pretty excited to check it out, especially since i will get it for free.
  4. elcid macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2007
    Steve thanked them, you should too.

    They have done so much short of giving them away. If you are paying full price for this software you aren't paying attention.
  5. Kedrik macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2007
    Funny start

    After the mac/pc add at the keynote, one of the next announcements was office 2008 and Steve thanking MS. I thought it was a funny start. The backhanded jab that it was the FINAL app. to go native was funny as well.
  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    personally, after having it, I really prefer the older version, if only it was intel native.
  7. Roderick Usher macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2006
    Would be funnier if it were accurate - Quicken is a major app, and it still isn't native, though a replacement is in the works.

    Anyway, ~David posted a bunch of good Office 2008 screenshots here:
  8. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Nice to know:

    Office v X was one of the first major apps to have made the transition from OS 9 to native OS X.

    Office v 2008 was one of the last major apps to have made the transition from PPC to UB.
  9. greenbreadmmm macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2007

    is there going to be any 30 day trial of this?
  10. sethro macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2007
    I've been using both Microsoft Office 2008 and Microsoft Office X, but I find Microsoft Office X a lot faster. Office X has much faster load times on my Macbook and uses less resources than Office 2008.

    I don't mean to take a jab at Office 2008, it has a new UI and much more features than any other Office release for the Mac platform, but I was expecting more from a Intel native release. Anyone else feel the same?
  11. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Note: the loading time of an app is not the most important speed issue of an app.
    An app like PowerPoint MUST now operate at excellent speed using large media files on an Intel Mac, and the load time of it is not too important.

    Get a Mac SE30 with System 6.0.1 on it. That boots a hell of a lot quicker than a Mac Pro 3.2 GHz.
  12. Darkroom Guest


    Dec 15, 2006
    Montréal, Canada
    i installed it already, and it seems much stronger than 2004, but start up of Word seems a bit sluggish... not very snappy... takes 8 bounces after start up, then about another 10 seconds of a static splash screen... it might be something with my computer, because it's really not acceptable for Word to take longer to start up that Photoshop or Illustrator.
  13. FoxyKaye macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2004
    San Francisco, Terre d'Ange, Bas Lag, Gallifrey
    I'm. So. Excited. :rolleyes:

    Gods I hope this is the last time I have to buy Office for our organization. Maybe in a few more years the M$ hegemony in this area will finally be broken. M$ is truly the Ma Bell of desktop computing.
  14. BWhaler macrumors 68020


    Jan 8, 2003
    I bought it yesterday and installed it.

    I haven't had much time to use it, but initial impressions are:

    1. It's faster, but not crazy fast
    2. New interface is weird. Sometimes better, sometimes a train wreck.
    3. No scripts is a disastrous decision. This was my last "lock-in" to the MSOffice world, and now that it is gone, it will speed my move to iWork.

    I hope this is the last version of Office I need to buy. Yes, MSOffice was 140 bucks which isn't too bad, but there really isn't much there that is new that excites me that I can't do in iWork. And there is a ton in iWork which I can do which is exponentially better.

    The obvious exception to this is Excel which can do some key things Numbers cannot. (Pivot tables, speed, less bugs and quirks, etc.) While I will use Excel until I see what is new in the next version of Numbers, I actually prefer Numbers since it is more intuitive and I love the templates.

    With all of that said, MSOffice is key for the Apple ecosystem, so I welcome it.
  15. kcmac macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2002
    I see absolutely no reason to get it. I have 2004. It looks like it could eat up 1/2 of my 12" PB screen with menus alone. And the thing is, I still have a G4 and bare feats pretty much showed that the old version is faster than the new version.
  16. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    After using this for a day, I will still use Pages as my primary word processor, and Numbers as my primary spreadsheet app (I don't make presentations), but Word and Excel are good to have for compatibility reasons, and they're not too shabby. At last NeoOffice has competition in the heavyweight suite arena.
  17. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    I am very glad that MS's development team got the right idea with Word and the rest of the Office suite. SIMPLICITY, which was a major flaw in the previous program. They made it look a lot like Pages which was a much better app to use if you didn't do too much professional/business/niche feature work.

    I may still be using iWork and Pages months from now because of the high price of Office, the plethora of niche features that I won't be using, and iWorks ability to handle graphics and media which still makes Keynote the king of presentations.

    My girlfriend is a teacher, so I am sure that she will be using it like crazy.
  18. Punkwaffle macrumors regular


    Apr 12, 2004
    My Day on the iPhone

    I should have Office 2008 sometime this week and am excited about using it. Especially the new Entourage, looks like it spanks mail and iCal all over the place.

    My question is will there be a My Day app for the iPhone come February? It seems like an obvious path for this mini-app. And if there isn't, how hard would it be for a developer to make this?
  19. TheMacPotato macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2006
    Home and student edition

    Its a very good deal. Just £89 on the Amazon UK site for the full version which isn't limited to just students now. I'm tempted.
  20. superleccy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
    I hope these new file formats don't take off. If they do, then I'll have to upgrade.

    I'm perfectly happy with Office 2004. Runs fast enough for me on my MBP under Rosetta. I only really use Word and Excel, but I use them quite intensively. I use Entourage just as an archive for my pre-Mac emails, and PowerPoint only when I absolutely have to.

    I've got better things to spend my money on - even if it is cheaper this time round.

  21. Dillenger macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2006
    Central, Illinois
    I too would like to demo this before I buy, if anyone has a link please post it.
  22. yzp macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2007
    did macrumors REALLY neglect to tell us about MS' release? ;)
  23. DeSnousa macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    So is it worth the upgrade from Office 2004 for a student?
  24. Virgil-TB2 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007

    Seriously underwhelming product from my point of view.

    We've already decided where I work that every demo we're asked to give for Office is going to include at least 15 minutes talking about iWork.

    Our IT department has talking this over a lot and the majority consensus is that since the users are going to need to learn and entirely new interface and use entirely new file formats, there just isn't any percentage in sticking with Office exclusively. We won't stop people from using it, but we are going to be steering anyone we can away from it.

    We have a lot of secretarial staff in their mid forties and they don't like change. If we are going to go through the pain of endless tutorials and help sessions, we might as well go with the better, easier to use product.

    iWork baby! :D

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