Should I buy MS OFFICE 2004 for Mac or wait?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jason2811, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    I am starting college in less than two weeks. My school recommends that all Mac users use MS OFFICE 2004 for Word and Powerpoint and Excel and whatnot. My school also sells Office 2004 for $75. I was planning on buying it in two weeks when I went up there. So should I buy it in two weeks or wait for the Mac verison of Office 2007 (when is the release date?) ? Is it possible that if I buy OFFICE 2004 now that I will be able to get an upgrade to 2007 for free? Thanks.
  2. breakfastcrew macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2006
    *cough* why don't you just "you know what" it?
  3. kammron macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2005
    Calgary Alberta
    75$ is your best bet.
    i got it for free though
  4. MacsomJRR macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2003
    San Diego
    I thought we'd see an updated version of Pages at WWDC that would provide better native word processing on the intel macs. No luck though:( MS is taking their sweet ass time with a universal version.
  5. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    Apple uses Macworld to roll out their new versions of iLife and iWork, so you're going to have to wait until then. January actually isn't that far away. It feels like iLife '06 just came out... time goes WAY too fast.

    Edit: I just re-read your post. I believe Pages is already native... I may be wrong, though. I couldn't imagine Apple releasing their first Intel Macs and not making iWork Intel-native ahead of time.

    Edit again: Yep, it's native:


    Edit for the last time: Bah! I re-read your post again! You said Microsoft is taking their time... I misread it. :p

    Move on, people. Nothing to see hear... just someone who obviously needs some rest!
  6. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    Check our NeoOffice

    I'm running OpenOffice (NeoOffice is the version of OpenOffice that doesn't require X11) on my MacBook, and so far it has handled all my Word and Excel files fine. You should at least check it out.
  7. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    If you have an Intel Mac, I'd be very reluctant to buy Office 2004 right now, I would wait for the next release which will be Universal. Saying that, Word seems to run well through Rosetta.

    If I was in your situation, I'd try what kainjow suggested and use NeoOffice, at least until Microsoft finally releases a Universal version of Office.
  8. icec0ld macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2006
    i agree, wait it out with something free and get the universal binary version of office.
  9. deepy macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2006
    Lol...i agree with this ;)
  10. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    Get it, it's worth the price and it just makes school easyer.

    People, often PC users, are always wanking about compatability.

    The accademic pack comes with 4 licence keys.
  11. nbs2 macrumors 68030


    Mar 31, 2004
    A geographical oddity
    Depending on your classes, I'd echo the wait it out with NeoOffice or OpenOffice suggestion, except -

    Office 2k4 has a lot of nice features and I like the layout. There is only one surefire bug that I had a habit of triggering while I was in school (it's in the notebook view on Word, which I haven't used since graduation). 2k7 for the Mac is supposed to look like 2k7 on the PC. Checking out the screenshots on Thurrott's site doesn't make me too happy. I prefer Word/Excel as is. Also, none of the new features is especially compelling. So, if it was me, I'd get Word 2k4 and be done with it. If you like the look and the expected features, then opensource until 2k7 (or iWork 07) is released
  12. d wade macrumors 65816

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
    should def go with Office:mac 2004 because you will be needing it right away.

    iWork '06 is amazing, but i dont think it is always 100% compatible with windows. Keynote (iWork's powerpoint) can view Powerpoint slideshows i believe... but i know for a fact Powerpoint cannot view slideshows created in Keynote.

    this is why i went with Office:mac, because i need to present slideshows in class, and none of the professors at my university use macs. So it would be pointless to creat a project with Keynote, only to have a "unable to view file" error pop up when it is my turn to present.

    but if you have the money to blow (or have other ways of aquiring which we will not discuss) give em both a try and see what you like better.

    hope this helps :D
  13. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    The university i just graduated from and now work At (LSU) had a deal with Microcrap to offer free software to all the students & Staff, so we are able to download it free. :eek: nah nah nah hehe
    I hate Office so much, but its hard to go without.
    ive been using pages recently and its nice. :rolleyes:
  14. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    NeoOffice is definately your best bet. I use it on my MacBook Pro. It's free, open source and it can handle MS Office files: Word, Excel and I think even powerpoint. Go for neooffice it kills MS Office.
  15. keithbennis macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2006
    Coral Springs

    lol, yeah
  16. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    I'd buy it, because MS Office 2007 is going to take a while... Apps like Word adn Exel, only really slow down when there opening, after that i hear there pretty speedy
  17. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Buy it. Who knows when Office 2007 will actually be for sale and how good it'll be. iWork '07 may or may not be very good for what you want either. '04 will be fine for awhile. When '07 comes out, buy it or don't, no biggie.
  18. bep207 macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2006
    MS Office 2007

    office 07 will probably be released in 2017 at the rate that MS works
  19. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    No kidding.

    We'll probably get a date at MacWorld. :rolleyes:
  20. rafifreak00 macrumors regular


    Aug 7, 2006
    Kansas. No, not on a farm.
    Microsoft doesn't deserve our money anyway.
  21. Timepass macrumors 65816

    Jan 4, 2005

    everything that I been reading is the office team has been on track and not having in delays that are there fault. Office 07 only delay is because of vista. Office 07 release was pushed back to line up with vista other wise it is still on track and not having delay issues.
  22. bowens macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2006
    Trenton, FL
    Yeah, I would suggest the same thing. I used OpenOffice on my linux laptop all through college and never had any compatibility problems. I am now using neo office on my mac since it is a native app (unlike OO). Try neo first, if you don't like it you could alway pick up MS Office or iWork. The apple education store has MS Office student edition for $99 (discount of $50).
  23. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    in all seriousness, though, doesn't MS release a Mac version a year after the Windows version? or was this just the case with Office 2003 (Windows) and Office:mac (2004)? i'm not sure about any releases before then.

    MS has said they will release Office in the middle of next year for Windows, who knows how long it's going to take for them to get the Mac version out? Let's remember their track record for releasing new software (coughVistacough).

    My advice: get both iWork '06 and Office:mac. Pages and Keynote are great but sometimes you'll need to share files with Windows users. If you can afford only one, Office is the way to go.
  24. tartansparkle macrumors newbie


    Aug 17, 2006
    Office worry, quite concerning

    Hi guys n' dolls,

    I am new to all concerns Mac. I am going to be buying a Mac (my first one) in a couple of weeks time. Getting the MBP 17".

    I am due to start Honours year at university (4th year) here in Scotlland, UK early September. MS Word is what I need more than anything else right now. It will be a crucial and extremely important application for my university year but all these concerns over Office is worrying me. I dare say that not having a good running MS Word will shatter any point in having a Mac right now.

    I have read what you's have to say and I have also seen such issues about font corruptions etc. I simply cannot wait for 2007 and whenever a native version is due because uni is on my doorstep right now!!!

    Main concerns;
    1. Will I be able to save Office:Mac 2004 file and open it up on a Windows PC at university and print any essays etc? (don't have printer at home)
    2. will deleting fonts for office to work (if this is the case as I have read) make them disappear in all other applications?

  25. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Should work fine as long as you don't have any weird formatting. The Mac and PC versions both export to the same .doc files. Even then. Try typing something up in TextEdit though, and see if that works just as well. I use it to type up quick .rtf files, and they work fine on my PCs in Word 97-2003, sometimes even in Wordpad.

    Go buy a printer though, they're cheap.

    I don't really know why you would have to bother with Fonts. I never have a problem with them with the standard install. You don't want to go deleting anything, but if nothing else OS X has a built in Font management program called Font Book. Don't mess with it unless you have to though.

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