Upgrading from Office 2008 to 2011

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by CoMoMacUser, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

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    I'm considering getting Office 2011 for my new MBA. Many e-tailers are selling the 3-machine version of H&S for about $5 more than the single-license version. I already have Office 2008 on my iMac. What happens if I install 2011 on that machine? It just replaces the 2008 stuff, right? It's been so long since I did that kind of upgrade -- and then on a Windows machine -- that I can't remember how the process works.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It does not replace the earlier version (2008) - they are entirely separate installations. IIRC there is an option to remove 2008 in the installer, although I could be confusing that with the manual un-install of Office 2008 I did prior to installing Office 2011.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2458999
     
  3. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a

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    The Home & Student version does not contain Outlook. You have to buy H&B to get Outlook for Mac.

    Considering that Office 2011 is half way through it's product cycle, unless you have a pressing need for special features, I would stick with Office 2008.

    This link explains the difference and includes a chart to see what's included.

    Office 2011 also includes activation which can be a real PITB if you ever need to re-activate.
     

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