Need basic laptop for wife...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by newmacfilm, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. newmacfilm macrumors newbie

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    My wife is a freelance writer and does most of her work using Word, Excel and the web on a PC. She needs a new laptop and we're thinking of switching to a Macbook. Anyone use Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac? Is entourage the same as outlook essentially? This is all very foreign to me! Thanks for any input you can provide for a newbie looking to make a seamless switchover...
     
  2. Shackler macrumors 6502a

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    Get her a 17" Pro. :p

    Entry level MB would be fine for all of that.
    And dare i say even a Macbook Air would be better if thats in your price range.
    BTW Office for the Mac is good and you wont have compatibility issue you *may* incur with iWork.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    entourage is not outlook so yea keep that in mind
     
  4. andrewdale macrumors 6502a

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    Entourage is awesome.
    Outlook is terrible.

    And yeah, the entry level Macbook will do great. She won't need the boost in processor or even the DVD burning capabilities. Will she ever even know? Nah!

    What a good husband to convert his wife over to Macs. :)

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    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Office for Mac is great. I'm using it in every class and love it.

    (END EDITED PART)
     
  5. Kalafut macrumors regular

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    i have mac office 08 and it works great if not better than on a pc. i would purchase the macbook, you will not regret it.

    i know alot of people who like pages a lot more though. either way win, win
     
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    vice versa for me....outlook is great, entourage sucks
     
  7. lazydesi macrumors 6502

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    Outlook is great for me

    entourage is OK

    but MAC office 2008 is not as good as windows version
     
  8. newmacfilm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    come to think of it, entourage/outlook won't really be used b/c she's not using it with any sort of work email server. but she does want a good calendar, and the ability to grow into making her own newsletters...looks like word 08 might help with that...not sure if pages is integratable with Word?
     
  9. krye macrumors 68000

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    Macbook all the way!

    I won't pay M$ for their buggy, bloated, overpriced office suite. I use the free NeoOffice and I've never had a problem.
     

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