Should I use Office 2008 or Windows?

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  1. 99MustangGTman macrumors 6502

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    I'm new to the whole Mac thing, so excuse me if my questions may seem a little dumb. Would it be better for me to buy Office 2008 for Mac or just use Bootcamp and install Windows and run Office 2007 that way?

    I am a student and need to use Word a lot to write papers.

    The reason I ask is from the reviews I have read on Office 2008 for Mac make me want to question whether I should purchase it or not. I won't be doing anything too complicating on it and 90% of the time I will only need to use Word like I said. Also I would like to use Office 2008 if I could so I don't have to use excess hard drive space installing Windows on here. But let me know what you think. Thanks

    -Ray
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    I think that bootcamping your computer is overkill if you are just going to use it to run Office. I would either buy Office for Mac, or install VMWare or parallels to run office on xp without having to restart your computer just for that.
     
  3. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    office for mac is fine. don't bother with bootcamp, vmware, or parallels.
     
  4. Sky Blue Guest

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    Office 2008 isn't the greatest piece of software, but if you're just going to be doing some work in Word, it'll be fine.
     
  5. robanga macrumors 68000

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    I would call Office 2007 for Windows a somewhat better experience than 2008 on the Mac, particularly the UI items such as the ribbon interface and being able to easily access a format toolbar with just a right click.

    However, 2008 is really not bad at all and on my systems that have both, I tend to use 2008 a lot.

    Based on that I would say go with the Mac version.
     
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  7. EatMyApple macrumors 6502

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    If you are a college student, check to see if your university offers some programs for free. Most all of them do with agreements with Microsoft. I got Office 2008 for Mac free thru mine via download or it was like $10 bucks for a disk copy. Plus, most everyone uses it so if you need to trade files or group projects - bets are you will be using Office.
     
  8. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    Take a look at Macworld. The have price comparison for most any computer related products.
     
  9. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

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    Do not consider just getting Word. You would pay almost as much for it as for the full MS Office suite.

    If you don't need VBA, then MS Office 2008 is fine. If you need VBA, then MS Office 2007 (Win) is necessary.

    While I have MS Office 2004 on my eMac I did not upgrade when I moved to the Macbook Pro early this year. I use NeoOffice/OpenOffice for exchanging files with those who use MS Office (Win). No one knows the difference.
     
  10. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    The old saying, If you want something worth while, you have to pay for it. And a good tool is worth the cost. ;)
     
  11. Bodine macrumors member

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    As someone else mentioned, iWork is a good suite of software. I bought iWork because it was cheaper than MS Office for macs. So far I like it very much. If you go with iWork the only problem you may have is compatibility if you need to share documents with MS office users. I have never tried to open a pages document using Office so I am not sure if it screws up the format or not. But, I converted all my old word documents into pages with out any problems.
     
  12. nadyne macrumors 6502a

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    Don't forget to watch for sales. While Black Friday (in the US) is done, there are still lots of sales to be had, both offline and online. The street price of Office 2008 Home and Student Edition is $150, but I've seen it under $100 recently.

    If you're a university student, look in your student bookstore to see how much they're selling it for. Many universities have agreements with us where they can sell our software for very very low prices to students and faculty. It's a great way to get Office for pennies on the dollar.

    Regards,
    Nadyne.
     
  13. 99MustangGTman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah thanks for the tip. I just saw it at my school for $67.
     

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