Office 2004 vs. Office 2008

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  1. twilliams9476 macrumors member

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    So here is my dilemma. I got a letter a few days ago from the college I am going to, and it included a list of requirements if we were bringing our own computer. One of the requirements was if we had a Mac, to have Office 2008. I have talked to a friend who is replacing her current Macbook with another Macbook later in the summer, and we decided that when she bought her Macbook, that we could split the price of Microsoft Office for Mac 2008. Now, should I just go ahead and continue on with the plan with my friend, or what? Is there a huge difference in Office 2004 and Office 2008? Thanks! :)
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    The only real difference, aside from the new "ribbon" interface, introduced in Office 2007 (Win), is that Office 2008 reads and writes the new ***x files (docx, xlsx, etc). Microsoft has a free converter on their website http://www.microsoft.com/mac so you don't really need Office 2008, but if you are running an Intel Mac, you will find it a bit faster since it is Universal, vs 2004, which is a PPC application.

    TEG
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Your youth minister pirates software. How nice.
     
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Yeah, multi-license key software is for members of one household. Read the fine print! I'm sure many people are unaware of this restriction because they skip over that stuff, just clicking I ACCEPT and going on. So, your plan to share a purchase with a friend is a non-starter. You each have to buy your own, and then can use the keys on your own computers, if you have more than one. Office for Mac 2011 is supposed to be out in time for Christmas shopping. Perhaps you can get by with Open Office (free download) until then.
     
  5. twilliams9476 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well technically, we will be in the same household. Our parents have been best friends FOREVER, and so we have known each other since basically birth. We are going to the same college, and our parents are letting us get an apartment together, because we are basically brother and sister. So technically, we will be in the same household.
     
  6. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, no matter how you explain it, it does not meet the requirements, technically, ethically, and morally.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Neither Office 2004 nor Office 2008 has the new ribbon interface.
     
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    technically |ˈteknik(ə)lē|
    adverb
    1 [usu. sentence adverb ] according to the facts or exact meaning of something; strictly

    Technically, you are not. You are just rationalizing.

    rationalize |ˈra sh ənlˌīz; ˈra sh nəˌlīz|
    verb [ trans. ]
    1 attempt to explain or justify (one's own or another's behavior or attitude) with logical, plausible reasons, even if these are not true or appropriate

    I used the word "household" which might not, technically, be the correct terminology.
     

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