Office 2008 vs. 2004 on MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by silverblack, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. silverblack macrumors 68030

    silverblack

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    I am wondering if anyone has switched from Office 2004 to 2008 on a MBA. I want to know:

    1) if it feels faster or slower (with the limited RAM of MBA); and
    2) if it occupies significantly more HDD space?

    I realize there are a number of reviews and benchmark out there, but there're mixed results. Many benchmarks claimed 2008 to be faster, but user feedback said otherwise.

    I'd appreciate to hear what you think. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, i know that office '04 and '08 are roughly the same size once installed, but I can tell you how office '08 runs this weekend as i'll be loading it up on my air on saturday and i can test it out, but I imagine with 2GB of RAM office should run fine.
     
  3. dibara2003 macrumors 6502

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    08 is a little slow on the initial opening of the program, but after that it's smooth sailing. i still have 04 installed though.
     
  4. silverblack thread starter macrumors 68030

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  5. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

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    Oh also, office '04 is a rosetta app (made for PPC macs as the intels didn't come out till 2006) so its not optimized to run on any of the current macs.
     
  6. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

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    Not tried '04, but '08 runs like a dream on my 1.8 SSD MBA. Fast and smooth :)
     
  7. Caralvarez24 macrumors regular

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    Excel 2008 doesn't have the solver add in. If you don't know what this is you probably don't need it but when I found that out it was a huge blow for me cause I use it alot in my finance classes. Hopefully they update it soon.
     
  8. nyzballa12 macrumors member

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    Well since 04 was created for Rosetta and it worked fine, 08 should work better.
     

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