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cDaddy84
02-27-2008, 10:41 AM
So, I just got a new iMac this past weekend and I'm looking into purchasing Microsoft Office. However, I've read many reviews that the new 2008 version is missing many features of previous versions. My question is, which one do you all prefer?

Mr. Blue
02-27-2008, 11:04 AM
So, I just got a new iMac this past weekend and I'm looking into purchasing Microsoft Office. However, I've read many reviews that the new 2008 version is missing many features of previous versions. My question is, which one do you all prefer?
Buy the new version. It has all of the features that you will need.

tharmsen
02-27-2008, 12:16 PM
I upgraded to 2008 and couldn't be happier. It's vastly improved over 2004 in my opinion.

Chimpur
02-27-2008, 01:06 PM
It runs smoother and is upto date with the new xml based doc standards

technologist
02-27-2008, 01:43 PM
Buy the new version. It has all of the features that you will need.

As long as you don't need VBA, legacy format export, custom error bars...

Better to buy the old version and get the free upgrade while you can. Then you can keep both around.

Mr. Blue
02-27-2008, 01:46 PM
As long as you don't need VBA, legacy format export, custom error bars...

Better to buy the old version and get the free upgrade while you can. Then you can keep both around.
For the common user, the new one will work just fine. Why would you run VBA on a non-Microsoft machine anyway? You would be MUCH better off running that on a Microsoft machine.

Most people will have no need for legacy format export; and as for custom error bars......are you serious?

mac57
02-27-2008, 01:49 PM
Perhaps a different question should be asked --- do you really need MS Office at all? NeoOffice (www.neooffice.org) is MS Office compatible and it is free open source software. NeoOffice is the Mac port of OpenOffice.org, a very mature, very stable office suite. Have you considered this option?

technologist
02-27-2008, 02:05 PM
For the common user, the new one will work just fine. Why would you run VBA on a non-Microsoft machine anyway? You would be MUCH better off running that on a Microsoft machine.

Most people will have no need for legacy format export; and as for custom error bars......are you serious?
Well, for the "common user" who does not need VBA compatibility, special export formats, or advanced features... iWork will work just fine. :)

Mr. Blue
02-27-2008, 02:19 PM
Well, for the "common user" who does not need VBA compatibility, special export formats, or advanced features... iWork will work just fine. :)
Meh, never used iWork. I just know that I have not had a single problem with any of the [missing] features in the new Office.

technologist
02-27-2008, 02:31 PM
I just know that I have not had a single problem with any of the [missing] features in the new Office.

I'm delighted for you. :)

cDaddy84
02-27-2008, 02:35 PM
Perhaps a different question should be asked --- do you really need MS Office at all? NeoOffice (www.neooffice.org) is MS Office compatible and it is free open source software. NeoOffice is the Mac port of OpenOffice.org, a very mature, very stable office suite. Have you considered this option?

This looks tempting. I will give it a shot before I invest in something else. Thanks!

flowrider
02-27-2008, 06:57 PM
If you use Missing Sync to sync a Windows Mobile phone be aware that it will not sync to Entourage 2008. There may be a work around at some point but nothing yet. If you are in an academic setting, Endnote and Refwork Write-n-Cite also do not work with the new versions of Office.

cwa107
02-27-2008, 07:33 PM
Meh, never used iWork. I just know that I have not had a single problem with any of the [missing] features in the new Office.

And certainly that means that no one else could possibly go missing any features since you don't?

I agree with Mac57. Give NeoOffice a shot, it's completely free and worst case scenario, is that you don't like it and uninstall it. ;P

Alexis
02-28-2008, 05:56 AM
Which version of Word do I prefer?

QuarkXPress

Dylan1984
02-28-2008, 06:53 AM
I use Ofiice 2004 and I'm very happy with it it suits my needs just fine. I have tried NeoOffice which is good but I prefer to have the proper Microsoft products to be honest...

cDaddy84
02-28-2008, 11:29 AM
So, there should be no compatibility issues if I install MSO 2004 on the new Leopard? Will I be able to install the program on my Mac even if it was already installed previously on another? Isn't there something like 3 Mac limit?

cwa107
02-28-2008, 11:30 AM
So, there should be no compatibility issues if I install MSO 2004 on the new Leopard? Will I be able to install the program on my Mac even if it was already installed previously on another? Isn't there something like 3 Mac limit?

Office 2004 runs on Leopard, but you need to immediately get the updates installed or you will have issues. As far as I know, you may only install it on one computer at a time from a EULA perspective.

Dillinger-63
02-28-2008, 05:06 PM
I have both Office 04 and 08, which do I prefer? iWork 08.

mab
03-01-2008, 10:08 PM
+1 for Neo Office. As a lifelong PC user, I was reluctant at first to switch to Mac because I spend so much time using MS Office products at work. Neo Office works great, and I've had no problems moving docs or spreadsheets back and forth. I'd at least try it to see if it works for you, before plunking down the cash for Office.

Vagrant
03-01-2008, 10:17 PM
I have Office '04, never used '08 and likely never will because I love iWork '08 and Neo Office is great too. If you need to be able to use the new Office formats though you should get Office '08

MaDDoG
03-01-2008, 10:44 PM
I have office 2004 and I don't like it. When I heard 2008 was coming out I was hoping that it would be like the Windoze version that I use all day everyday at work. I find that when home I have to use Windoze so I can use office as there are too many differences I don't need to learn them. I need to be able to just send stuff home from work and open it and work on it and then send it back to work.
I haven't had a chance to look at 2008 as yet other than read in a review but from what I read its only a little closer to being what I want.

cwa107
03-01-2008, 11:29 PM
I have office 2004 and I don't like it. When I heard 2008 was coming out I was hoping that it would be like the Windoze version that I use all day everyday at work. I find that when home I have to use Windoze so I can use office as there are too many differences I don't need to learn them. I need to be able to just send stuff home from work and open it and work on it and then send it back to work.
I haven't had a chance to look at 2008 as yet other than read in a review but from what I read its only a little closer to being what I want.

I felt exactly the same way. This is one of the reasons I like NeoOffice better. It actually looks and feels more like Office 2003.

MaDDoG
03-02-2008, 12:26 AM
Guess I'll have to try Neo Office then

mossback
03-02-2008, 12:31 AM
I was a long time Office XP user on a PC before getting this iMac last Thanksgiving. I use Excel and Word primarily. When Office 2008 came out for the Mac, I bought it and it has been a seamless transition. I never used any macros so I don't miss them at all.

nick

powermacj7
03-02-2008, 10:08 AM
I ran out and purchased Office 2008. Reflecting back, I have seen no reason to do so. I use my old PB G4 for work purposes, find Office 2008 loads slowly. I use Pages, in a PC dominated environment, and have not had any issues with compatibility.

I think the answer to your question is what are your needs. If you need all the features of Office, or are concerned that you need total compatibility, then either stick with Office 2004, for a least a while. If you don't have any Office version, check out NeoOffice & Iwork has a 30-day trial. If you don't like either one, then get Office 2008.

Office 2008 is a bit of money, and you might find it sitting on your Hard-Drive not being used much.

carleymarie
03-02-2008, 05:06 PM
I am also for using NeoOffice. It's great for taking notes during lectures and writing papers on (which is pretty much all I do as a University student).

zyepod
03-02-2008, 08:59 PM
technologist,
How do I go about getting a free up-grade of my MS Office 2004?

technologist
03-02-2008, 11:45 PM
It actually looks and feels more like Office 2003.
I just threw up in my mouth a little bit :\


technologist,
How do I go about getting a free up-grade of my MS Office 2004?
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/go/promotions/default.mspx

zyepod
03-03-2008, 12:28 AM
Thanks technologist... I have been pondering buying it but was hesitating because of the price. Never new anything about a free up-grade. It cost me $10.70 for shipping. That's a good deal. Thanks again...