Office 2004 to run on Snow Leopard?

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  1. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Just as the title says. I know MS is ending support for Office 2004 in October (sort of) but has anyone running the dev builds of SL been able to see if Office 2004 runs and if it runs okay?

    Clearly under Leopard it runs and sometimes hangs on quit. It's a resource hog somewhat and all that. But it runs and I prefer it over Office 2008.

    I did search and didn't really see any blaring results.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Office 2004 is PPC-only and runs with Leopard on the Intel Macs through Rosetta. If there is no PPC code in SL then I can't see how programs coded strictly for the PPC are going to run.
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    That's what I was getting at, but I don't know if Rosetta will still exist or not. If it does, I don't see why Office won't work.
     
  5. danny_w macrumors 601

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    SL includes Rosetta and is installed on an as-needed basis the first time it is used (or it can be selected via the custom option during install). Basically any PPC software that runs on Leopard should run fine on SL as well. MS Office 2004 runs the same as it always has as far as I can tell, but I am not a heavy Office user. It has been included in the "focus areas" in past builds.
     
  6. GoCubsGo thread starter macrumors Nehalem

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    To the point of office running under rosetta, that's how I run it under Leopard. Sometimes you'll quit Office and it wouldn't close. It wouldn't be until you find your processors running almost max capacity that you realize the quitting process hung.

    If rosetta is an option in SL then I'd probably use that or get used to 2008 again. I use it at work and I hate it. It's bloated (more then 2004) and sucks even on an 8-core MP.

    Thanks for the answers and thanks danny, it sounds like you're using SL and can speak directly to how it may run.
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Is it up to date? I have the latest updates installed, and while by no means is it the fastest thing ever, it is more useable than 2004 ever was on my MB.
     
  8. GoCubsGo thread starter macrumors Nehalem

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    It was not unusable, it was that I disliked much of what MS did to it. The way things were laid out and such. Sure, I probably said that about Office 2004, but for some reason my patience and tolerance has dwindled over the years.
     

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