Office 2008 for the mac is JUNK

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Germwise, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Germwise macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    I recently switched to mac 3 months ago. I really enjoy some of the features of the mac though I still occasionally use my PC desktop and enjoy doing tech support on PC for friends/fam etc. So what I'm about to say, has nothing to do with me loving/hating MS.

    OFFICE 2008 for the mac is a total pile of crap!

    I had been using open office and because of some compatibility issues with co-workers I decided to finally purchase the MS version.

    My experience now is with excel that is :

    1)SLOW to respond. Sometimes I'll click something and its 2-3 seconds before it responds (and this is on a 2009 MBP with 4 gig of ram)

    2)has menus that go outside of the screen and are NOT adjustable (formatting pallette)

    3)IS BUGGY. For example if I have a chart and try to edit the title, by adding a letter. "money vs time" or whatever to "money vs time part 2" IT freezes up and all I get is "part 2"

    4) when highlighting source boxes you get a faint grey dotted line. I can't see what I'm highlighting!!!! what happened to the bright red or blue box?

    WTF? I had less issues with a free open office. These are things i've found in only 3 hours of using it. Is it just me? are my files somehow at fault?

    I really want to contact microsoft and get my money back. I'll boot windows to use office if this is what MS provides to macs.

  2. daflake macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2008
    Have you tried IWork? I liked it better than Office.
  3. Germwise thread starter macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    I need compatibility! If I make a ppt on my mac I need it to work on multiple macs/pcs
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    iWork's Keynote can save files in ppt format.
  5. reservedegotist macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2009
  6. ez4u2sa67 macrumors member


    Feb 20, 2009
  7. Neotyguy40 macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2009
    What I don't understand, is why would Apple put in their ads that you can run Office? Just say that it runs iWork, which is a cheaper and better version of Office...
  8. nadyne macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2004
    Mountain View, CA USA
    Have you updated? The most current version of Office 2008 is 12.2.1. SP2 had a lot of performance improvements, especially in Excel.

  9. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    I have been using Office 2008 since release day and I have NEVER had any issues with it on both iMac and MBA machines!

    I used to have issues with the 2004 version when I open PC Excel created files. They would take forever to open and such, but not with the 2008.

    Office is the best compared to the rest. However, NeoOffice is an alternative for some other secondary tasks. As for iWork, that should have been FREE.
  10. rdowty macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2008
    I quit using Entourage because it crashed on me 10 times a day even after rebuilding my system and setting up a new account. I was going to wait for Snow Leopard but I ended up getting a MobileMe account and switched to Mail. I like Entourage's views better, particular the reading pane but Mail is faster and crash free.
  11. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    That is strange because Entourage NEVER crashed on me once and I use it for Exchange and regular mail!

    It is either that I am lucky or MS is attracted to me :p
  12. Buzz Bumble Guest

    Oct 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    In that case be very very very scared and RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!! :eek:

    Microsoft has made some extremely weird decisions with Office 2008 (like removing the Excel chart wizard!), but it does seem to work ... or at least work as well as any Microsoft application ever does.

    And if you want proper Microsoft compatibility, you do need Microsoft Office (although you may need to wait for the next version for full compatibility) or know what does and doesn't work with iWork. It's rather pointless spending hours building a presentation in Keynote (for example) only to find half of it disappears when you save it in PowerPoint format ... although that can equally happen with proper PowerPoint thanks to people having all sort of different versions.
  13. HD Fboy macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2008
    I hate Office for the Mac too. As a newbie I tried NeoOffice ad did not like it (this was over a year ago) so I bought Office. I finally deleted Entourage, it sucks, I have been looking @ iWork and even going to Office under Windows in VMWare. Now I use the Web access for email.

    I really like my Mac and am about to purchase another one. Although I really like the stability of the Mac, these compatibility issues suck. I guess nothing is perfect.
  14. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
    You're dreaming mate.
  15. aygie macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2007
    +1. Massive performance boost with the latest update.
  16. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    Credibility: 0
  17. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    I'm one of the apparently few users who prefers MSO over iWorks. Just can't get the level of detail necessary for formatting documents in Pages.
  18. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Office 2008 for Mac is great on my system, I can't fault it. Even typeset a novel on it last year, you'd have thought it was done on InDesign. I have iWork as well, and it's really nice to use, but could do with some more features, or maybe I just need more time to discover it...
  19. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    iWork is a joke. None of the "save as MS office documents" really work as advertised. The formats are always off in KeyNote and Pages. Let alone the real junk Numbers.

    It seems that some people here really believe that Apple would re-invent what MS has been doing for decades in few years!!!
  20. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    Perhaps you need a little more time thinking about this one. Most windows user don't venture out of the software realm other than the Microsoft Office Suite, when people think about the switch to Macs, Office is a "comforting" factor, something that is familiar, something they know how to use, thus another way Apple will win over a customer.

    I have iWork and Microsoft Office for Mac, I have been using Office more because I still have trouble with saving files to ppt or doc in iWork, there is always someone at the other end of the email telling me they can't open my ppt or doc file saved from iWork. So I kinda gave up on iWork, unless I need to make a pretty spiffy newsletter in a jiffy.
  21. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Other than the expected minor compatibility issues, I've never had a major problem with Office 08. iWork is an Office wannabee with less functionality and even less compatibility with the rest of the world.
  22. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
  23. Amigaman macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2007
    Greenville, MI
    I wouldn't call the formatting bar randomly jumping to other Expose windows a "minor compatibility" issue. I'd call it a major PITA. iWork isn't perfect, but it does behave nicely with Expose and it produces output that's readable by most applications. Anyone who says otherwise is merely spreading FUD.
  24. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    have you installed all the patches? That fixed most of my issues.
  25. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    I'm still surviving w. Office '04.:eek:

    Aside from the force quits if left open for too long, it's worked amazingly well. I have '08 but it seems a bit complicated for my feeble brain.

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