office 2008: M$ Stab at Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by killerwhack, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. killerwhack macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2004
    Los Angeles, California
    Microsoft is up to it's old tricks again. I just read the Office 2008 reviews in Macworld....

    The key points:

    - VB macros removed from office 2008

    - Office 2008 not really different from 2004 (in functionality)

    - Office 2008 supports the new xlsx and docx formats.

    - Automation of workflows accomplished via applescript

    So it seems that Office on the mac is going to be a red-headed stepchild and widespread adoption of this package will maroon Mac owners away from the existing body of office 2007 users.

    Now is the time to say no and to stop the game. Get open office and proactively lobby everyone you know to adopt openoffice.

    Find and buy products that convert documents from docx and xlsx into open document formats. Use PDF as much as you can.
  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    i wish i can

    first look isn't good, too big toolbars, too little work space.

    But hey, its UB, so should be faster than my 2004.
  3. johny5 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2007
    its definitely not worth the high price to *purchase* it.
  4. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    $130 for 3 licenses?
  5. acxz macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2007
  6. hob macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2003
    London, UK
    I've been using Word '07 for my dissertation, with VMWare Fusion. I thought I'd give office '08 a whirl, and so far I'm not impressed.

    I wanted to write a quick report on what I'd done, so used my existing dissertation as a template to keep it all consitent. Office '08 couldn't edit the file very well, kept moving stuff all over the place.

    Oh well, I thought - and started from scratch. I chose "Heading 1" and wrote "Introduction" at the top, and the font was all over the place! The spacing between each letter didn't work, the i was bashing into the o... oh dear.

    So i'm sticking with Word '07 for now, I think it's the best product Microsoft has put out for years!
  7. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
  8. grahamtearne macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2006
    Office 08 is a solid release IMO, only for the regular user.

    The dropping of VB is a joke.

    Whats more Messenger still sucks. Although the MBU blog says video will be in next release although they cannot give a time frame!
  9. acxz macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2007
    Yeah I was weary of those old screenshots but the extra toolbars have to be opened.

    They've actually done quite a bit of work on making sure Office 08 feels like it should be on a Mac. I'm very impressed.
  10. johny5 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2007

    Sorry I was referring to the version with supposed "exchange support". This is £349.
    How one can justify an extra £249 so that you can log in to a Microsoft exchange server only to then have LIMITED exchange capabilities is beyond me.
    If I were to reply or forward a mail on entourage on one Mac, if i went to another Mac and logged into the same exchange account then it doesnt show that I have replied or forwarded. How pathetic.

    Calendar support is also very limited and you can only view one calendar at once.
    If they want to make you pay a premium for using a Business version then they could at least make the business version worth its cost.
  11. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    I've been using NeoOffice ever since I got a Mac, and I've been trying to get as many people as I can to switch to open-source alternatives. I could get MS Office '08 for $30 from my university, which seems like an easy choice for the price, but really I don't see the point. NeoOffice fits my needs, and MS Office has always seems too bloated and over-complicated by comparison to me.

    So I agree... open-source all the way!
  12. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Once iWork becomes a bit more mature I think it will be a good option as well.
  13. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    Last year Pages replaced Word. I used is to write a thesis, 2 journals, 3 book reports, several contracts and letters. Converting it to a pdf or .doc has been hassle free and no problem to the recipients.
  14. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Yh i use iWork as well MS Office 2008 is BS not buying it keeping iWork 20x better

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