Microsoft Office?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 5PEEDz, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. 5PEEDz macrumors newbie

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    anybody that own microsoft office 2008, would you suggest me to buy it?
    the price seems to be pretty high/ohkay i guess... since its something that ill be needing for school anyways.. i dont see it as a waste.. but anyways what do u guys think? buy it or not?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i like it but if you want a free alternative that is compatible with office check out neooffice
     
  3. 5PEEDz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah i know... but i was looking to just get the office 08. for some reason i think itll be better. and im pretty sure its better correct? i might go for a lower version too .. like 04 or something if they still sell it.
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i find that office 08 runs faster than 04 on intel hardware. i like it HOWEVER, excel does not support vba (office 08 uses applescript which makes macros incompatible between osx and windows office) so if you rely on vba macros in excel, id reccomend 04 office.

    if the vba issue doesnt pertain to you, id suggest 08
     
  5. 5PEEDz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what exaclty is a vba? im a little confused on that. btw thanks for the help! =D
     
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    VisualBasic for Applications.
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    heres a link on what it is vba. here is a link talking about how you may use macros in excel examples

    pretty much it is the language people used to write custom apps aka macros in say excel that are essentially mini programs in the main app. office 08 uses applescript while office 07 still supports vba. due to this these programs arent compatible with each other. however, office 04 does support it


    now for me personally, i rarely if ever use macros and have access to machines that can if the need arises

    since you seem to not know what vba and macros are, i would assume it wont matter to you in the slightest so chances are you will be perfectly fine with 08, especially for university purposes. keep in mind you can still uses macros in office 08, you just need to write them in applescript and not vba

    hope that helps!:)
     
  8. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816

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    You could get iWork. In most schools, thats sufficient.
     
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    true but if you anticipate sharing files with others that run office, i would STRONGLY reccomend office just for compatibility reasons

    otherwise for just writing reports and doing presentations on your own computer, iwork will work very well

    with that said, iwork is "somewhat" compatible with office. however it is not perfect and that is the biggest reason why i still use office over iwork as everyone else i interact with uses office and i like to save myself from headaches lol
     
  10. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Office 08 is a lot faster on the Intel Macs, but it kills my Powerbook G4. It takes a ton of processor power and slows to a crawl. The who "you type faster than it puts it on the screen" is almost always the case and things like resizing windows is painful. Its better than 07 for Windows though...
     
  11. arj8138 macrumors member

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    just use google docs. its free and as long as your not that paranoid you can share docs with people your working with

    in fact my university is switching its e-mail to offsite GMail servers so that students can collaborate using Google Apps.
     
  12. drfp25 macrumors member

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    I really like Office '08. It took a little of adjusting but I think they made the wide variety of features that office offers more readily accessible.

    That being said I got it from our school bookstore for $8 (we have awesome prices on software) so for me it was worth it. Can you get a discounted version through your school? If money is not an issue then I would say go for it, but if you are at all hesitant to drop that much cash then just go with neooffice.
     
  13. 5PEEDz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i already own a iWORK for this other laptop. well basically its my sister.. so i thought maybe i should get office since iWORK can be used whenever i want anyways. i guess ill be picking up office 08 pretty soon. =D plus ive been using word for typing essays since i was little =d
     
  14. drossad macrumors regular

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    I think you should get it if you need it. Just be aware that it is not the same as on a PC. I think microsoft has made it as hard to use as possible on Mac. Annoying to get used to after using a PC for so long.
     
  15. 5PEEDz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thats the firs time i ever heard that. o_O its hard to use/different?
     
  16. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i think t is loads easier than learning office 07 for windows..
     
  17. thunderclap macrumors 6502a

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    You can actually get Office '08 for around the same price as iWork '08. Just go to Ebay and search.
     
  18. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    I use Office 08 daily. Great product really. I haven't been a big MS fan as of late, but they did get this right...
     
  19. joe16 macrumors newbie

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    Free Trials

    Why don't you go to apple.com and try out a free trail. That's probably the best way to find out what works best for you (i got office 08 because of compatibility).
     
  20. drfp25 macrumors member

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    I haven't had any difficulty learning to use the new office.
     
  21. brian9271 macrumors 6502

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    When I got my Microsoft Office 08, I shared it with my sister, but then if we both used it at the same time, it wouldn't work, but in school, my friends share it and how come it works for them?? :confused:
     
  22. Mr$Whale macrumors member

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    I would recommend trying it out. Also, there's no reason you should pay full retail for Office. Many organizations such as colleges, universities, and hospitals receive discounts on it. My college gets a reduced rate for office if I were to buy it at their book store.

    However, I can get Office for $20 through a deal between my employer and Microsoft (I work for a big hospital/university system), so check into that.

    Just don't pay retail for it.
     
  23. MentalFabric macrumors 6502

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    Get Office if you must, but my experience is that in my workplace of around 40 macs, microsoft programs (mostly entourage or word) cause me more problems than any other brand of apps :mad:
     
  24. brguitarist macrumors member

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    I've seen a few posts saying office 08 runs much faster than 04 on Intel hardware.
    Is this definitely the case?
     
  25. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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    Office is a good program, I like working with it, though it does run slower than it does on windows on a mac, for some reason. Sometimes it lags behind my typing, though I do type pretty fast, admittedly.
     

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