Microsoft Office Mac, Windows, or iWork?

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  1. Doju macrumors 68000

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    Which would you recommend? VMware with Microsoft Office 2007 (Windows), Office 2008 Mac (native), or iWork (Apple's version)?

    iWork looks beatiful, especially Keynote. What do you think?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Don't waste money on Office 2007. If you think that you HAVE to have Office, get 2004.

    But just get iWork. Totally go for iWork.
     
  3. Cap41 macrumors 6502

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    There are some free version that rock...openOffice3, and Neooffice are great. you can save any document in native MS office format.
     
  4. minijon macrumors member

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    I've used all three. Office 2007 on school computers, the iWork trial, and Office 2008 for Mac. Honestly, I like Office 2008 for Mac the best. I mean, all of them have their pro's and cons, but mostly for compatibility (and thus, ironically, ease of use) I used Office 2008 for Mac the most. Sure, I liked iWork, and it is cheaper, but I was used to Office. And with school, I got the copy of Office for free. (It certainly beats OpenOffice or NeoOffice at that price point. Paying full price for it would be difficult.)
     
  5. snafu4015 macrumors newbie

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    How did you get Office for free through school?
     
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i got vista/xp and many office apps for free while i was in college

    ususlaly your school will have a program if they offer it
     
  7. SteinMaster macrumors 6502

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    iWork

    I just bought the new MacBook Pro and iWork. Use MS Office at work. I like iWork and have used it with MS Word and Excel without any problems or compatibility issues. All I do is take a Word document or Excel spreadsheet and drag and drop the file on the iWork dock icon. It opens in iWork with out issue. Documents I created in iWork, I save as MS Word, or Excel and open them without issue at work. I like iWork and the ease of use compared with the MS Office products. My recommendation is to buy iWork for $70. You will save a lot of money and the apps are great. I have been a PC and Office users for 20 some years. I recently switch to Mac and LOVE it. Good luck!
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Ours is like $30 each =(

    I just used Keynote for a presentation recently; I have to say—not bad. It has a lot to offer.

    I don't like Pages though; still sticking to Word.
     
  9. snafu4015 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the info. My school's website (Rutgers) offers MS Office (login required) for a "discount" price of $124. You'd think that one of the biggest schools in the country would get a slightly better discount. It's cheaper than that on Amazon. I may call our computer services dept tomorrow and see if there is anything they can do.
     
  10. snafu4015 macrumors newbie

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    Wow I'd take it for $30 too!
     
  11. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    I am a fan off office 2007 for windows, which i run in VMWare how ever i do use I Work now and a again.
     
  12. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    ok our school sold xp/vista and pretty much every other software for discounted prices...like yours


    however, since i was in the college of engineering, the college had a deal with MSDN where I could get many software for free

    Ask your college department (buisiness/engr/etc) is they have MSDN partnership set up
     
  13. Cap41 macrumors 6502

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    I have used all of them. I mainly use excel and word. I wanted to use Iwork. I wanted to keep everything "apple". but Office 08 for MAc is just a little easier to work with. IMO.
     
  14. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    I use both. I use Keynote from iWork and Word and Excel from Office. Seems to be a pretty good combo, however, you have to buy 2 suites of software.
     
  15. bronconash macrumors newbie

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    normally if you know someone in the school library helpdesk ... they will be able to hook you up with office 2008 ;) :cool:

    I use Office 2008 ;) and I think its the best office suite out there as far as ease and stability are concerned. Unless you are doing programming with excel, Office 2008 should work just fine, especially if you are a college student.
     
  16. bronconash macrumors newbie

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    as Dukebound said, you can also get office software for free or cheap through MSDN ... any engineering student with a IEEE account will be able to download most of the Micro$oft software for free
     

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