Office 2008 upgrade - which version??

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dcp, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. dcp macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2008
    I bought Office 2004 during the promotion period so can upgrade to 2008 for the cost of shipping.

    Apparently have choice of two versions - both include main apps (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Entourage). As far as I can tell, differences are:
    1) Special Media Edition - 1 license - includes Exchange server support, Automator actions and Expression Media in addition the the usual main programs
    2) Home and Student - 3 licenses - does not come with Exchange Server support or Automator Actions​

    Trying to sort out which one to get.

    I definitely do not need Exchange Server support.

    What are Automator Actions? - cannot find description on MS website.

    Does Expression Media come with the home edition - what is this program anyway?

    Having extra licenses might be useful if I add a mac laptop anytime soon - not critical cos I could probably get away with NeoOffice on laptop.

    If Automator actions are important I'm thinking I would get the Special Media edition now and could buy Home and Student later if I really need extra licenses. What are Automator Actions??

  2. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2005
    Ottawa, Canada
    Automator actions are scripts used to to the thing you normally would have to do manually- for example renaming files or converting file formats, usually things that would be annoying and time consuming to do repetitively.

    You can find automator actions for free online, such as: these (for Office, probably not the same ones that come with Office, considering they advertise it as a selling point).

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