Upgrading from Office 2008 to 2011

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

  1. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2012
    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


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    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.

  3. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    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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