microsoft office on a mac?

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  1. shamguy4 macrumors member

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    im a little confused with this?

    why would microsoft allow apple to have Microsoft office?
    a lot of people wouldnt make the switch if they took office away
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    Because they make a lot more money with the program being open for both operating systems.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    So, if people switch to Mac, Microsoft can still make money off of them:eek::D
     
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  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    It's in Microsoft's best interest. Apple would retaliate I'm sure with iTunes. It was part of their strategic partnership announced a decade or so ago.

    Things like iWork, OpenOffice or NeoOffice would mean that Microsoft pulling support would just be a huge loss of revenue.
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    microsoft is a software company

    office is very profitable
     
  8. Decrepit macrumors 65816

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    Microsoft makes Office 2008, sure. But it sucks heinously. I actually run Windows XP in a virtual machine with Office 2007 because 2008 is so bad.

    Take the app that most of the working world is used to, cripple it, and put it on a Mac. A portion of switchers will switch back after the crap that is Office 2008.
     
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i have no issues with 08

    what exactly is your reason for disliking it
     
  10. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Thats a ridiculous overstatement. It's not that bad. I don't really have any issues with it, though I realize there are certain obscure features (and maybe one or two no-so-obscure) that it lacks compared to the Windows version.

    Even if you need those, the product doesn't suck - it just doesn't meet your particular needs.
     
  11. Decrepit macrumors 65816

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    Ok. You know what, you both could be right. I haven't installed 08 on my new Mac. Maybe I hated it so badly due to my experience on my old Mini. I know it was missing my financial functions, but that's pushing things for normal people.

    I hereby temporarily rescind my prior statement and will retest. But if it sucks, I will be back, and just as loud. :p
     
  12. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    the updates have really sped it up. i actually like it to be honest...apart from the whole spaces issue lol
     
  13. MTI macrumors 65816

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    For those with a sense of history . . . Microsoft Office was originally developed on Mac. Remember which platform had the graphical interface . . . Microsoft Office was introduced by Microsoft in 1989 for the Mac OS with a version for Windows in 1990
     
  14. Decrepit macrumors 65816

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    Spaces is still broke, eh?

    And I am installing SP1 now... It's already reminded me that it doesn't have Visio. Grr...
     
  15. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    I can't quite remember what I was using back then.

    I think had both a Macintosh II and Mac SE about then. Does that seem about right?

    My time flies.
     
  16. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    MS makes more money from Office than from Windows.
     
  17. dandaman2 macrumors regular

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    money, yes... but also compatibility. Office has taken over it's market, and while OpenOffice, Google Docs, Pages, and other programs will all save to a .doc, it will sometimes mess up and Pages can't even open them.
     
  18. oyebto macrumors regular

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    because Microsoft reaps in cash when people buy their software, and Apple reaps in cash when people realise that Office runs on mac too and buys their lineup of macs. a win-win situation.
     

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