Office for Mac Home and Student Edition

Version: 12.1.0 || Release Date: 2008-05-13 || License: Commercial with demo ($149.95) Developer: Microsoft | App Owner: ea_n

Whether your projects are around the house or in the classroom, the reinvented Office 2008 for Mac experience makes it easier than ever to create professional-looking work.

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I bought a cheap bulk copy from work (education) and I have to say, the launch time for Word 2008 on a fast 64 bit Intel system has a much slower launch time than 2004 with the latest updates running on a Powerbook. Word opens more or less immediately on my old Powerbook, while 2008 drags along, bouncing in the dock.

Perhaps an update will help, but for now I'm not hugely impressed.

What a terrible disappointment! Never before since 1984 have I switched back to an older software version as I did this time. After installing Office 2008 back in February 2008, I tried to live with its flaws. Among the worst are the data losses and more recently (since the SP 1 update) the inability to open automatically (by double clicking) other Office documents received via email. I got tired of having to add back the data lost in the Excel forms I use at work. I got tired of having to go to File > Open and select a document I had received and then have to save it again so that next time I could double click it to open it.

Office 2008 reminds me of another bad Office edition, the infamous version 6!

@apeiron :
> dropdown menus for cells not showing all items in Excel
If you're talking about the dropdown list of values used to filter a column:
this happens in Excel 2003 for Windows too: there's a limit on the number of item that can be displayed (more than 100, but I don't know exactly how much).

Beware the rebate. They ask for your manual cover, then when you send it in they say they didn't receive it; you have no recourse, and they keep your $100. It's a scam.

I've noticed several document rendering discrepancies between Office for Windows and Office for Mac, both as a student and as a professional. Images not showing up in Word and dropdown menus for cells not showing all items in Excel. I'd stick to the Windows version if you can because of these issues. Caused much gnashing of teeth for me.

Word and Excel are pretty great in 2008.

The only feature missing in this edition vs. the standard edition is the Microsoft Server Exchange Support, is that right?

Office 2008 is almost two times faster to do the same task as 2004 (tested by logging CPU time for the app doing the same task) for Intel machines. It uses about 1/4 more real memory but 1/4 less virtual memory. It is clearly faster and doesn't beachball like 2004 did. The UI is much better than 2004, much more integrated and consistent.

But it has broken compatibility with Endnote XI, causing issues for academic users. And Excel now fails to offer the Analysis toolpak as all old macros are now broken.

iWork: faster and uses less resources that Office 2004 or 2008. Nicer UI but functionality is like a toy:

1) No cross-referencing for word-processing.
2) Pages cannot even outline work.
3) Closed format — why in this age are Apple still offering closed proprietary formats!?
4) Pages cannot integrate effectively with bibliography software.
3) Numbers is crippled offering no error bars, and way behind on functionality in general. There are horrible bugs in its 3D chart functionality.

Sorry, though I want to like iWork, it fails to support even core Apple domains (education, where, you know, error bars, statistics functions, bibligraphies and cross-referencing are important). For many, that leaves Office or OpenOffice (with no native interface). For word-processing there are great apps like Mellel (puts Pages to shame), but support for Word documents is poor...

For just writing, dump Word/Pages/Mellel and use Scrivener!

It really doesn't seem to be anything but 2004 with a 'spiced up' UI, which is as bad as 2004, and in some areas, worse!
If it was anything like 2007 then great, but it's really not. Shame.
Microsoft being half assed with the Mac community - not a surprise really!

iWork is definitely better, although 2008 may be worth it for excel, as it's still got the edge on Numbers in it's current immature stage.

Oh god, this is so ugly, slow, and unintuitive... iWork is much better.

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