Which version of MS Office?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Saluki Alex, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Saluki Alex macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2006
    Okay, I switched to Mac last month and I only have about 10 days left of the Office test drive. Now here is my predicament, I can get Microsoft Office v. X through my university for around $50, you have to order through CDW though, but nevertheless. If I were to go this route, how much difference would it be than Office 2004 that's already on my Mac? Is it possible just to use the license for Office v. X with Office 2004? Would I be better off going with the Student/Teacher addition of Office for $130? Am I asking too many questions? :D

    Here's a link to the version of Office that's available through SIU: http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=347456
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    It really depends on what you are doing. Office v.X is file-compatible with Office 2004 and all previous versions of the productivity suite. OTOH, Office 2004 Student & Teachers is newer. At $130, it is a good deal. It is your money; it is your decision.
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Also, Microsoft said they would release a Universal Binary update to Office 2004 at some point...

    So if you've got an Intel Mac that may have some bearing on your decision.
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I thought they decided not to bother, and will make the next version (Office 2007?) universal?

    Anyway, I'd go student teacher for $130, although if you don't have the money, just spend the $50 now, and then buy the newest version in 2007. Bear in mind that student/teacher isn't upgradeable to the next version at the discount price (although if the pricing holds, it's cheaper to buy another student-teacher version than the upgrade version.

    No, the keycode will not work with the test drive version. In fact, to install office 2004, you have to remove the test drive version from your computer entirely. It's not like a locked demo version where all you need to do is type in hte reg. code.
  5. jakeOSX macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2005
    if you don't mind X11, you can always download and use openoffice.org (which is free), which can read and write MS Office files.

    (just make sure you get the intel build, not the PPC one)
  6. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

    baby duck monge

    Feb 16, 2003
    Memphis, TN
    I use Office v.X all the time, and it does everything you could possibly need and more if you're just going to be writing papers. If that is going to be your main use, I would suggest just getting this and saving yourself the $80.

    On the other hand, if your use is going to be a bit more involved than that, I would suggest checking out what the actual differences are between the two, and seeing if any of those would have an effect on what you plan on doing. Then you can decide if the $80 is worth those improvements. That's just me, though.
  7. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Microsoft's most recent statement on the matter was that they will not be releasing a universal version of Office 2004, instead waiting until the next major release of Office to come out with a UB. From this MS FAQ page:

    "Q. Will you re-release Office 2004 for Intel-based Macs?

    A. No. There are no plans to re-release Office 2004. With Rosetta, Office 2004 runs well on Intel-based Macs. "

    Either Office X or Office 2004 should work OK for you. Personally I'd go for Office 2004, but then again, I'm kind of weird about wanting the newest version of things.
  8. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    My mistake then... thanks.
  9. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    I've got Office 2004 and it's very good - but I was able to get it through work for £17
  10. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    Office X constantly crashed on my iMac G5. No one else in my department had this problem, but even after a reinstall, it constantly crashed.

    Once I moved over to Office 2004 (on the same machine), I had no problems.

    So, my own god-awfully biased experiences would send me fleeing from Office X. But I probably just got the lemon ...
  11. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I recently upgraded to 2004 from X, and there's really only one big upgrade that I've found worthwhile...Presenter Tools in PowerPoint. If you're giving presentations from your MBP, it might be nice to have. If not, X is just fine in my opinion.
  12. wmmk macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2006
    The Library.
    2004 has better icons :) LOL
    no really, iwork is new, universal, and $79,
    it's also better than office (ok, so no spreadssheet, but who cares)
  13. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I do...and so do a lot of other people.
  14. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    If you download the service packs with Office X then it reduce the crashes a lot. I prefer Office 2004 because I like new stuff but since it is towards the end of the life cycle, I would get the older version to save a few bucks and buy Office 2007 on day one.

    It looks like Office 2007 will be out for both Windows and Mac to match the major OS upgrades.
  15. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I don't know if v.X has the "notebook view" option like 2004 does, but that's what i use to take all my notes, and i never saw that option when i was using v.X. So if X doesn't have it, I'd get 2004 just for that!

    if pages had such an option, I'd probably leave word behind because I find it slow and, though relatively stable, more likely to crash than any other app I have.
  16. Pittsax macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2004
    Toronto, Ontario
    Notebook View was new to Office 2004 :)
  17. Saluki Alex thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2006
    Well, I think I'm going to go with Office 2004. Like several of you, I too want the most up to date software. And besides that, I'd have to go through a lot of hassle to get Office through my school, although it's probably enough hassle to save $80, but nevertheless. Thanks for everyone's input.

  18. buryyourbrideau macrumors 65816


    Mar 1, 2005
    AFAIK there is no intel build.
  19. Macnoviz macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    Roeselare, Belgium
    I was thinking of buying iWork, is pages 2 as good as MS Word? I heard it is more for presentation (posters, etc.)
    Is Pages easy to use for lay-out and so on?

    I really don't need excell, outlook or access, so I hope iWorks will do.
  20. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    You can still do tables with formulas which will do for most people.
  21. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    As with everything, it depends what you are looking to do with it. Pages is *different* from Word, not better or worse. I think that the lay-out and graphics handling of Pages is better than Word, and the included templates are better. The integration between Keynote and Pages is good, along with the iLife suite for including images in your document.

    Having said that, Word is better when collaborating, because its commenting system works better across a group, and the ability to track changes is better. Word also does a better job at endnotes and footnotes, and dynamic referencing within a document. The hyperlinking ability in Word is better than Pages as well.

    So, it really depends on which features of each kit are most important to you, in order to decide between them.

    Also, the advantages of Keynote over Powerpoint, now that Keynote 3 is out, are pretty overwhelming. I think that Keynote itself is worth the price of admission.
  22. jamesW135 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2005
    For that price... GET IT! but yeah it can read the same word files and it has most of the same features like 2004.

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