Office '08 for Mac vs. Office for PC

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MORTALITAS, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. MORTALITAS macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008
    How do they compare? Are the features generally the same? Are there things you can do in one but not the other? I'd like to hear from some people that have used both and can give me some advice. I have to use Office 2007 for a class of mine this semester and I've had to install XP in Boot Camp to run it, since the instructor told me that an '08 Mac version will be way different and won't have the same features. Could Office '08 for Mac be that drastically different from Office 2007 Professional for PC???

    I guess the reason I'm asking is because I HATE HATE HATE using Windows on my new alu iMac - it's basically sacrilege. The reason I buy Mac is so I don't have to deal with stupid Microsoft garbage. If I can find a way to use Office '08 for Mac instead of Office 07 for PC - I would be so happy.

    Any advice?
  2. hodgjy macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2005
    This is my opinion after using both Office PC and Office Mac:

    The end products are virtually the same. There can be some formatting issues when moving between systems, but for the most part an office document is an office document.

    Is your instructor correct? To a point. The layouts of the programs are different. So, some options, commands and tools are in different places. The interfaces are different.

    So, in the end, they make the same product, but have slightly different ways about actually making it.

    Is this course grading your final product or grading you about how well you know how to use the programs?

    That is the answer you need.
  3. tizzo macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2007
    Will you be using Excel? If so, keep in mind that Office 2008 does not support macros.
  4. hodgjy macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2005
    Oh ya, good point, I forgot about macros. Office 2008 will not support macros. It never occurred to me because I never used them to begin with.
  5. sulhaq macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2006
    If I were you I'd just keep using Office '08 for mac and tell the professor yeah..this is done in office '07 for windows. Your instructor won't be able to even tell the difference.

    If you want to really be certain about it. Save your work and open it later in office '07 for windows on one of your college or school computers and double check that everything looks okay.
  6. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    The Mac version doesn't have macros. It has a few things in a few different places, but they're mostly the same. What are you using it for? Because depending on what you're using it for it may or may not make a difference.
  7. MORTALITAS thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008

    So I haven't finished the class yet but I believe it covers most of the basic functions. I don't think it goes into depth with macros. Just covering the basic stuff. And a bunch of it. So it's sounding like besides some minor formatting issues, and a few layout differences - it's the same?

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