What's the cheapest way to buy an Office for Mac?

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  1. calvinc macrumors member

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    Are there any special discounts out there that will allow me to purchase Office for Mac at a low price. Apple store is selling it for $160 Canadian. That's still pretty expensive to me. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you qualify for the education discount, the Education store sells Office 2008 for Mac - Home and Student Edition for 129.95 US (136.85 CAN).
     
  3. FuNGi macrumors 65816

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    Usually one has an office already to work in with your mac ;)
     
  4. MonkeyET macrumors 6502

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    The best I have seen it on sale anywhere is the $129.99 US.
     
  5. vbman213 macrumors 6502

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    My university sells copies of Office 2010, Office 2008 (Mac), and Windows 7 Professional for $9.00 a copy!

    I bought all three. =)

    $20 =)

    YAY!

    And they are legit copies. Still sealed in the packaging!
     
  6. MonkeyET macrumors 6502

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    Well I don't suppose you can beat that!
     
  7. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    Where do you go to college?
     
  8. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Your employer might have a site license that allows you to purchase a version for home use basically for the price of the DVD and use it as long as you are employed there.
     
  9. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    Microsoft's website has an education section, I think it used to be called like the student steal or something.

    You can get Windows 7 Pro for $30, Office 2010 for Windows for like $70 and Office 2008 + 2011 upgrade for Mac for $100.

    All you need is a .edu email address
     
  10. PurpleMarmalade macrumors regular

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    As you mention the price at $160 Canadian dollars, this probably won't help you, but students in the UK* can purchase it for £38 from this website: http://www.software4students.co.uk/Microsoft_Office_2008_for_Mac-b-details.aspx

    * UK universities will often have cheaper options than that, depending upon their licence, so the first and best thing to do is contact the IT team at your school/college/university.
     
  11. dmunz macrumors regular

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    Amazon has home and student for US$110 with a free upgrade to 2010 when it comes out.

    Not sure if they have the same thing for Canada.

    FWIW
    DLM
     
  12. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

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    The Apple website has it for $79...
     
  13. millertime021 macrumors 6502a

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    Torrents are always free. :cool:;)

    But, if you want legal, check with your employer. I know I can get Windows versions for $10. I think I can now get the basic version of Office 08 for Mac as well for pretty cheap.

    I know through my school, I can get the regular student discounts, but the Office 2011 for Mac (Educational Version) will be $100 and has everything the main version has. That's why I'm waiting for that over the older version from work.
     
  14. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    Right, Apple links to the Family Pack. Single-license iWork is 99 CAD.

    Or you could get OpenOffice, for free.
     
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    If you're still in school, or know someone who is, I would defiantly look their computer store first. MS Office where I went to school was only $30.
     
  17. PurpleMarmalade macrumors regular

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    Fair enough. I have to use Office; nothing else can handle (adequately) scholarly writing in my area, and play nicely with Office for Windows.
     
  18. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

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    I used NeoOffice for all of my college admissions essays and had no issues at all.
     
  19. PurpleMarmalade macrumors regular

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    Good stuff. But I'm really thinking about those who are writing Masters dissertations, doctoral (PhD) theses, and academic monographs for publication. So, I mean for super-serious academic work, Office for Mac is the only choice (which sucks, mais c'est la vie.)
     
  20. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

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    Well I guess it depends. My dad is doing a doctoral dissertation and he uses iWork mostly. He got Office just for reading comments on his papers, but does everything else in iWork.
     
  21. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    I'm planning on getting the 3 license pack ($149) and splitting the cost with 2 of my friends...so it'll work out to like $50 for me :D
     
  22. davelanger macrumors 6502a

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    Go to bestbuy they will sell you the student edition, they dont care if you are a student or not
     
  23. millertime021 macrumors 6502a

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    That's actually a pretty good idea if you can't get discounts else where.
     
  24. PurpleMarmalade macrumors regular

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    Two (well, possibly three) big issues with Pages 09 for doctoral theses. One, it doesn't do cross-referencing (especially problematic for footnotes). No cross-referencing? It's 2010! Two, it can't run one footnote across multiple pages. So, if you have a very long footnote (as you occasionally do when writing a PhD), the formatting in Pages 09 cannot deal with it, so you end up with huge gaps, and then all of it on one page. Not ideal. Three, it can be wonky when saving/exporting to Word, especially if you have/need section breaks, tables of contents, etc, etc.

    I'm not saying Office for Mac is perfect either; it really isn't (although I'm hearing good things about the 2011 version.) But it still manages to be richer in serious academic functionality than the others, and that is a shame.
     

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