Microsoft Office 2004?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Cindy, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. Cindy macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2003
    Who has office on their computer and using it? I have a new ibook so I have a free 30 day trial on it. I just opened it tonight and see alot of things that I could use off Appleworks instead. Entourage looks interesting.
    Anyone like it? Better or worse than mail?
    I haven't checked on the cost after the 30 day trial. Anyone know how much it is -- worth it?
  2. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    You can get office student teacher edition on sale for 120 or 130 some places. If you do a lot of word processing or spreadsheets, it will definitely be worth it, and knowing that .doc files you get in email will open properly is a plus.

    I don't use entourage, I still use mail. but having word is worth it to me and once in a while i use excel
  3. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Yes, there are quite a few threads comparing MS office to other office suites and whatnot, but essentially, most people come to the conclusion that for spreadsheets, nothing beats Excel. However, the way you use word processors and create presentations will also have a say as to whether or not MS office is right for you.

    Just so you know, Apple is selling the MS office Student Teacher edition for only $99 after a $50 mail in rebate.

    As a switcher, I personally am much more attached to Word and so I didn't mind shelling out the money to keep myself guaranteed compatible w/ windows users and to have a familiar user interface.

    A lot of other people really like using other suites such as NeoOffice and there are others... Do a quick search for office or office suites under the Mac Software> Mac Applications area of MR.

    :edit: I did a search for you using "office suite" and here are just a few threads that you may find relevant:
  4. Cindy thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2003
  5. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    If your attend a unviersity that has a microsoft partnership you can sometimes get a large discount on MS software. I got MSO 2004 for $5.
  6. prp134 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2005
    #6 how do you find out if your university has a partnership...?
  7. DJY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2003
    Canberra AUST
    Office is a must for me.
    I use it daily - makes for seamless transition of files between work and home... makes for seamless transition of files between me and other non-Mac users (yes I know it is hard to believe some people don't want to use a Mac?!?!?)

    Office is essential.
    I wanted to be completely Microsoft free when i switched - but realised it truly (for me) wasn't practical. I use Powerpoint, Word, and Excel alot! My only issue with Office for Mac is no Access! Whilst this hasn't proved completely unmanageable - it means I have to use a Windoze based laptop occasionally.

    As many other users have already posted in here and elsewhere I must admit that I prefer using Office for Mac over Office for Windoze. Sure I acknowledge my bias these days as a Mac man... but there are features in Office for Mac that aren't in Office for Windoze. Much better design... and some very handy and cool features (especially in Powerpoint when delivering presentations!)
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I couldn't stand to use anything but Office, but that's just me. AppleWorks and the countless open source alternatives just don't gel with me unfortunately.

    That may be a question for your specific university to answer. ;)
  9. prp134 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2005
    :eek: whoa! office mac is 144 at my school bookstore, thats insane, its more than at the apple store, well after the rebate. I think im just going to get office, im pretty comfortable using it and i've used it for almost 11 yrs now. I was just a lil worried after reading some reviews on some ppl said it was way too expensive, however I wonder if they post that before the rebate offer. Would any of you guys buy it now?
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    Yeah, I see it as a pretty essential piece of software so I'd buy it now (if I didn't already have it :p ). I can't see it getting massively updated anytime soon either.
  11. AstrosFan macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2005
    I have the previous version of MS Office (vX) & find it invaluable.
    I think it partly depends on your reasons for needing word processing/spreadsheet, etc.
    In my line of work, Word & Excel are essentially the currency of data exchange - most people are doing their work in MS Office.
    For me, then, having MS Office is invaluable in being able to exchange files with my colleagues.
    I would suggest looking into what people you interact with are using; this may influence your choice.

    Best wishes!
  12. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    also check out NeoOffice J. It is free and suit you fine.

    You probably only need MS Office if:
    1. You will be working with people that use Windows.
    2. You are a student
  13. tkidBOSTON macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2005
    The Hub of the Universe
    You need to remember that the software comes with 3 licenses. Got any friends that might need Office?
  14. rkristich macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2005
    Punta Gorda, Florida
    Office for Mac was the first program I bought for my Powerbook. I'm a high school student, and I need the compatibility, so it's obviously an essential program for me. Nothing yet does compare to Excel, and I find Word easier to use for simple essays and such than Pages (from iWork). Keynote (also from iWork) presentations do look much nicer than Power Point presentations, but when my teachers need to play the presentation on their computer, Power Point is the only choice. It's also needed if they send presentations to me.

    As some other people have mentioned, Office 2004 for Mac is actually nicer than the Windows version. It has more features, and a much nicer user interface (in my opinion).

    However, I'm not really sure regular Office is worth it. $400 is just too much in my opinion for the average user. But at the student and teacher price, it's definitely worth it, especially now with the $50 mail in rebate. Once you use Office, you'll probably never go back to AppleWorks.

    Oh, and on my PB, I've found Office 2004 to be very stable. I don't think it's ever crashed. So it's not like the typical Microsoft product.

    There's also a whole website devoted to the Mac version of Office. Just go to
    If you do decide to purchase it, there's a bunch of cool and useful templates to download there.
  15. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK
    I seond this. It does most things that Office:Mac can do, and it's free.

    However for a better word processor, I reccomend AbiWord, which is also free.

  16. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    I have it (ex-MSFT employee, so I got it from the Company Store)... mostly, I use Entourage for e-mail. (I've got it synching with a mailbox on my Exchange Server.) I don't use Word and Excel quite as much... mostly, if I want to use either of those apps, I run 'em on my Windows machines.
  17. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    the Apple store sells the standard version for $399 I think, but maybe you qualify for the student/teacher version which is much cheaper
  18. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Compusa - $100 -

    I'm still using Office 2000 (on my Wintel PC) and haven't seen any compelling reason to upgrade.

    I've tried OpenOffice, but although other people at work could read documents I started, some of their MS Office documents didn't display well on OpenOffice.
  19. drbrog macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2005
    Any advantage to upgrading from MSO X to MSO 2004?

    I have office X on my powermac. Can anyone comment on whether upgrading to office 2004 is worth it?
  20. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    Generally speaking, no, but it depends what you use in Office. If you're an Entourage junkie, you may want to upgrade because there are some slightly better features in 2004 from memory. :)
  21. bobkinder macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2005
    Student/Teacher Edition of MS Office 2004 same as the Standard MS Office 2004?

    I just bought my first Apple Powerbook. My wife is a teacher and bought us a Student/Teacher Edition of MS Office 2004 for Mac. Is there a difference in the software between this edition and the Standard MS Office 2004 for Mac. Are there any enhancements I will not have on the Student/Teacher edition? :confused:


  22. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    The software is exactly the same but the Academic version will not allow you to purchase the next version of Office at a special upgrade price. That's really the only drawback.
  23. bobkinder macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2005
  24. roby22@adelphia macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2005
    Entourage Identies

    I really like using Entourage e-mail for some of the reasons already mentioned. My problem is that I just established a new "identity" in Entourage and wonder if there is a thread where I can learn how to bring all the data (ie folders, address book data, etc) from my other "identity" to my new one? I was totally surprised to discover that even my calendar and address data were completely blank. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  25. mcmillan macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2004
    WOW!! that's the lowest price i have seen for Office, not bad!! ;)

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