where tf do i get a MICROSOFT OFFICE 2008 HOme and STUDENT TRIAL!!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ceezy3000, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. ceezy3000 macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2009
    The Valley!!
    so ive been searching around the web and i cant find a trial for this, i've looked everywhere! i heard this is buggy so i want to try out beforebuying, help me out homeboys
  2. alexbates macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    I don't think there is a trial for Mac. I know there is a trial for iWork '09. I would much rather suggest buying that because there are no bugs, its cheaper, and its not made by Microsoft. You can also get NeoOffice for free if you want.
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Or OpenOffice Aqua...
  4. jmccullough108 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2008
    St. Louis, MO
    No trial published that I know of, at least not publicly. After paying 148 for the student edition today, I really regret it. Don't spend the money on it, it's not very glamorous.
  5. Tutankhamark macrumors member

    May 30, 2008
    Sheffield, UK
    There used to be a trial for this but they stopped doing it around March 2008. When I went to buy my macbook in March last year, the guy at the apple store told me there was a 30 day trial, when I got home to search for it, it was not there. I called up Apple to ask where I could get it and they told me it was removed only 1 day before I purchased my mac.

    I went and bought the full copy for £99 and as someone else posted earlier, really regret it. Go for iWork! It is so much better (and cheaper). iWork '09 is amazing, got it last week, very impressed!

    Hope this helps :)
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You are either a shameless fanboy, terribly ignorant, or some combination of both. Every software program has bugs.

    Just go for OpenOffice if you're looking for something functional and free.
  7. davidjearly macrumors 68020


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Interesting. Does that make you a keyboard ninja?
  8. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Just use iWork 09, Office is still just as buggy as it always was, it just has a new interface now, it's pretty much an equivalent of Vista...
  9. hodgeheg macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2008
    There is no trial version, at least not legally.

    I have been using Office 2008 very extensively indeed for many months and have not had any problems personally. I'd say it depends if you need it. OpenOffice, iWork and Office all have their varying degrees of suckage and their varying plus points. I need Office (and I tried the competition a lot first) in my particular line of work.

    Are you in the UK and in education? If so, software4students.co.uk will probably sell you Office 2008 Mac for something like £36 which softens the blow quite a lot! they're legit - you can find a link to them from microsoft's own promotions site.
  10. Sebby macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2008
    London, UK
    It's all very well saying don't use Office 2008 and to get iWork instead, but a lot of us (myself included) need Excel for work. When I do eventually get my Mac, I'd love to not buy any Microsoft products, but I'll have no choice.
  11. Cap41 macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2008
    I tried using Iworks, But using excel, iworks does not convert the document exactly as it was in excel. I only use basic spreedsheets, I figure most of the issue was in formatting. but try as I might, i cannot get the documents to look or react the same in "numbers" as it does in excel. The closet was neo office. I would love just to use Iwork, but it just doesnt convert the files properly.
  12. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    That's unfortunate for you. With your loyalty to MS Office it will always remain the "standard". While I agree that some things don't convert "perfectly" it's usually very miniscule. I use iWork 09 when I use Keynote to play PPT files it may have a very slight change but for the most part it's about the same.

    Unless you are in a corporate environment where you exchange files back and forth then using the same office suite would make more sense, other than that, slight conversions won't make much difference. At least Apple's office suite CAN read and convert MS Office files.
    Sorry, but your loyalty to MS Office will keep MS very wealthy. You have to change at some point.
  13. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    I have the edu discount MS office 2008 but to be honest most of the time I prefer OpenOffice which I got because my wife uses it at work.

    I'd never thought to download it before but its not bad. Still has bugs like anything else but it is free.
  14. Cap41 macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2008
    Trust me my loyality lies with Apple, The other issue i have is printing. for life of me i canno find an option to fit the spreedsheet to one page. The documents i use are slightly bigger than a printed page. in MS under format palette i simply hit a box to centre, and fit the sheet to one page...i cannot find this option on numbers.
  15. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It's actually not. Complicated cell referencing, formatting, conditional formatting, printing, and all of the various dicking around both iWork and MSO '08 have done with the GUI add up fast.

    A corporate environment... you mean that market to which the majority of the MSO licenses are sold to? Everybody knows that MS's cash cow isn't the average home user.
  16. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    What this tells me is that you hardly scratch the surface of what Office apps can do. For you, iWork is sufficient, and so is OpenOffice and all the rest. Which is great. For some of the rest of us, this is not acceptable (and downright insulting for you to imply that that is somehow OUR fault). Various reasons have already been given: iWork and the various free office clones simply don't support a number of advanced features. Yes, many of us don't need them, but there are many that do.

    To you, compatibility might not be an issue. But many of us need to share our documents and spreadsheets with the rest of the world, and the rest of the world uses Office. I have a hell of a time working with one friend who insists on importing Word docs into OpenOffice, making his changes, then sending them back to me as converted Word docs. All the layouts are broken and I spend so much time fixing things that I might as well have done the work myself in the first place. I'm looking into Google Documents as a possible middle ground. Also, I'm going to insist that I do all the document formatting myself.

    And it's your blind loyalty to Apple that perpetuates the stereotypes that Macs aren't compatible with anything -- because people like you don't WANT it to be compatible.

    Look, I don't much like Office 2008 either (I'm VERY tempted to put 2004 back on), but the reality is it works, it works pretty well, and it's what everyone expects you to use. I use Pages whenever I can, and export to PDF all the time, but there is the odd time when Excel or Word or PowerPoint is the only thing you can use.
  17. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Watch your tone dude. I don't appreciate the accusation either. Not once did I say it was anyones fault. :p

    My point is the reason why people say that Windows has more software (and frankly it does) is because some developers refuse to support the Mac OS. Well if the customers do the same thing like buy only the Windows version of certain software then those customers are being loyal to one platform because they think it's the "standard" thus increasing more reasons for developers to stay away from the Macintosh platform.
  18. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Apple really has nobody to blame for this situation besides themselves.

    If company A makes it extremely difficult for developers to write software for their operating system, gets into massive financial trouble, and continues to use proprietary hardware and software that is only now starting to open up...

    ...competes with...

    ...company B, who fully opens up their operating system to all who want to write software for it, standardizes hardware, and generally makes a developer's life easy in terms of compatibility...

    Who do you think the developers are going to flock to?

    And the situation now is mainly due to all of those companies that developed for company B whose programs have turned into massive beasts with millions of lines of code. For most of them it's not worth it financially to go through and make it compatible with OS X, and since a main selling point of Apple machines these days seems to be "they can run windows" why on Earth would *anyone* bother?
  19. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    Numbers Toolbar > View > Show Print View.
    Delete all columns and rows not required for the table > use the icons on the bottom of the print view window to change between portrait & landscape view and there is also a slider to change the scale to fit the page.
    Drag the table to where You want to put it on the page,

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