Office mac 2008: awesome!

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  1. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    Is it just me or did MS get it right this time (for once)? Office 2008 is a pleasure to use compared to the old one, mostly because it is much faster due to no longer requiring emulation through rosetta. It's also quite a bit more intuitive than office 2007 for PC.

    Its similar to iWork in terms of looks. The only beef I have with iWork is that it can't always open all docx files flawlessly: often, graphs and stuff are missing, so I'm pretty much forced to use Office.
     
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  4. downingp macrumors 6502a

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    you even like how it won't create a preview icon in your powerpoint presentations like it did for Office 2004?
     
  5. GNice macrumors 6502

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    I just posted in another thread that I REALLY like it. I plunked down the cash for iWork 08, but now "regret it" a little. After playing with Office 2008 today on a friends machine, I'm going to grab a copy. I'm not suggesting everyone will be reach the same conclusion as I did, but I find Office 2008 (specifically Word 2008) a nice jump over Pages 08. Just my humble opinion...I'm sure others will have a different take, but Office 2008 is pretty nice to me.
     
  6. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. I love it. Was definitely worth stealing.
     
  7. aosman macrumors 6502

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    2008 office is awesome. a much needed improvement must I say
     
  8. ksmith80209 macrumors 6502a

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    Given that I've had PowerPoint and Word both crash on me on day 1 AND PowerPoint won't even open my old PPT doc - I'm not quite so enamoured...
     
  9. imac9556 macrumors 6502a

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    I like office 2008 too! ur not the only one lol
    It is much faster, including the loading times. I don't understand why some people say it is slower and more bloated. Also, the part I don't like is no exchange support! My office 2004 for students had exchange support, and not office 2008 exchange support is gone? How do I check my school email?! What was microsoft thinking....
     
  10. occ10dog macrumors newbie

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    is it possible to just buy Word at this point?
     
  11. clevin macrumors G3

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    yes, I saw it in frys, but its $229?, better just get student package for $130.
     
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  13. AaronRC macrumors member

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    I'm using a mixture of iWork 08 and Office 2008.

    For short documents (letters etc.) Pages is great, but for larger assignments and such, Word is going to be my choice.

    As for Excel v Numbers, I've fallen in love with Numbers. I don't create huge spreadsheets, and only ever used Excel in the past for creating charts/graphs and performing some basic calculations quickly. Numbers, in my opinion, does this much better than Excel.

    As for presentations, there's really no contest. Keynote, please.
     
  14. Viremia macrumors regular

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    It was fine in terms of performance (loading was a little slow but once it started it was MUCH faster) and UI. However, I've had to remove it and will stay with 2004 for the time being. The removal of custom error bars in charting is a MASSIVE deal breaker for me. I simply can't live without that feature. :mad:
     
  15. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Much as I hate to admit it, Office 2008 does look cool .. :cool:
     
  16. macdaddy121 macrumors 6502a

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    I heard that Word, Excel, and PP seem to be much improved but Entourage is still quirky....any info or reviews on that?
     
  17. psychofreak Retired

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    I wish things like the toolbar customisation were more OSX-y...
     
  18. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Me too .. :(

    The Mac version of Office is much nicer than 2007 for the PC .. :apple:
     
  19. clevin macrumors G3

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    I was asking if 2008 is significantly faster than 2004 on a MB with 2G RAM, any idea?
     
  20. psychofreak Retired

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    It is faster while running, but start up is still slow.
     
  21. clevin macrumors G3

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    oh, thanks,
     
  22. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    depends who you ask, I have it lightening quick (start up) on my machine but some people are saying that is slow still and some are saying it is slower than 2004.
     
  23. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

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    In reading the Microsoft Newsgroup for Office 2008 on Mac, it seems that people are pretty unhappy with Entourage.

    Apparently (and that is a disclaimer, I haven't used it yet), it still won't allow you to create complex HTML messages and Palm/Blackberry sync support is still missing as is support for RPC over HTTP. There are apparently the three top requested features?

    It's apparently a little buggy too. There's no sound from events like there are in 2004 (that's been identified as a bug), it still doesn't send Pages documents (which it treats as folders) and it won't sync categories?

    Like I said, this is what I've learned from reading newsgroups. The people posting there seem pretty upset. The only reason I'm watching it is because my copy is on order and should be here soon. I'm looking at it for my company and from what I've read already, it's going on a test machine until at least SP1.

    Cheers.
     
  24. lugesm macrumors 6502a

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    My overall reaction: Microsoft has finally created a product worthy of the Macintosh IMHO. :D
     
  25. imac9556 macrumors 6502a

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    Startup is definitely faster and overall the apps are much faster! Macbook Pro 2.16ghz, 3GB, Mac OS 10.4.11
     

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