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Mac Office 2008 line adds consumer, media editions

updated 12:20 am EDT, Tue September 25, 2007

Office 2008 for Mac SKUs

Microsoft on Tuesday announced its expanded product line-up for the Universal version of Office 2008 for Mac, which is expected to be available on retail shelves on January 15th, 2008. The delayed product launch will include three separate Office 2008 for Mac products, including a Special Media Edition and a Home & Student Edition. The Office 2008 for Mac core suite ($400) includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage along with Microsoft Exchange Server support and Automator tools, while the Office for Mac Special Media Edition ($500) combines Office 2008 applications with the Microsoft Expression Media digital asset management system. The special education and consumer version, Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition ($150), provides the basics of Office 2008 for Mac for home and school users: it includes three user licenses for use by consumers and students but does not include connectivity to Microsoft Exchange Server or support for automated workflows.

The new Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition features the Office 2008 applications together with the Microsoft Expression Media digital asset management system, a digital assent management suite acquired from iView Multimedia earlier this year.

According to the company, Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition is designed for professional users who need Microsoft Exchange Server support as well as Automator tools and are looking for a single solution to meet their productivity and digital asset management needs.

All versions of Office 2008 for Mac support the new Open XML file format and are Universal applications that will perform natively on Power PC- and Intel-based Macs. Each version will be available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, and, for the first time, in the Nordic languages (Danish, Finnish and Norwegian).

"We built Office 2008 with the unifying goal of making it easier for Mac users to access the tools they need to get the job done -- whether it's creating a brochure for their business, managing their family schedule and finances, or finalizing a presentation to share between Macs and PCs," said Craig Eisler, general manager of the Mac BU at Microsoft. "And, of course, Office 2008 for Mac will provide the document fidelity with the 2007 Microsoft Office system that our users need to stay connected with their friends and co-workers on PCs."

As showcased at Macworld Expo 2007, Office 2008 introduces smart features such as Ledger Sheets in Excel 2008, My Day with Entourage 2008, Publishing Layout View in Word 2008 and SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2008. Entourage 2008 also features improved Windows Exchange Server support, with enhanced reliability and functionality.

"We've worked closely with Microsoft since it launched the first version of Office for Mac more than 20 years ago," said Ron Okamoto, vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple. "Office delivers tremendous compatibility across platforms for Mac and PC customers, and we look forward to another great user experience with Office 2008 for Mac."

Microsoft is also offering specially priced upgrade versions for legally licensed users of previous versions: Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac ($400) is $240 for the upgrade version or $300 for an upgrade to the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition.

In addition, the company launched a new technology guarantee program that allows customers in select regions who purchase qualifying Office 2004 for Mac product(s) the ability to upgrade to a version of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac for US$10 plus applicable taxes. [updated]




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  1. hezekiahb

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Microsoft Expression

    why do we need Microsoft Expression Media? Unless it can make pigs fly I'll stick to Apple for media apps.

    Office 2008 is gonna have to be leaps & bounds over 2004 for me to waste my money on it, for now I'll stick to NeoOffice for docx, xlsx, & pptx support.

  1. landi3337

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Waste of money

    If anybody pays that much money for a lame microsoft application, I've got a 1976 Pinto station wagon I'll sell to you for the student discount price of only $40,000.

    You can use NeoOffice for free and buy Nisus and iWork for all your friends and still come out ahead of M$ Office.

  1. Cold Warrior

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    Joined: Dec 1969

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    stupid

    Version mania has infected the Mac dev team, like Vista did with Windows. They must have accountants setting product policy, looking at how each varied version with carefully-horded product features can wring another $50 out of loyal customers.

    Earth to Microsoft: Office should be a feature-complete knock-out, not crippled without Exchange support.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: stupid

    Uhm... the $400 Office is feature complete. Only the Home/Student Edition doesn't have Exchange support - do you run an Exchange server in your house?

    In Universities you often get the $400 version for less than $150 - so I don't understand what is crippled (lack of VBA aside).

    I'm not a big Office user, but the only complaint I have with this product is they should have spent time on VBA support and forgotten about the ridiculous "ribbon" interface. The ribbon is only a substitute for a poorly designed menu bar - which exists on Windows, not MacOS. A well designed menu bar can stand on its own.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    but without a key

    feature that would make the windows and mac suites work seemlessly together.

    See, “We built Office 2008 with the unifying goal of making it easier for Mac users to access the tools they need to get the job done — whether it’s creating a brochure for their business, managing their family schedule and finances, or finalizing a presentation to share between Macs and PCs,” said Craig Eisler, general manager of the Mac BU at Microsoft. “And, of course, Office 2008 for Mac will provide the document fidelity with the 2007 Microsoft Office system that our users need to stay connected with their friends and co-workers on PCs.”

    Except macros aren't portable.

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    once again....

    unless im missing something here, M$ wants us to shell out 500 for a half assed product that doesnt have everything the windows versions doesnt have... windows media player.

    Die M$, DIE!

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Are you surprised...?

    More c*** and double-talk from the MacBU, which couldn't produce a worthwhile product if their life depended on it.

    As it stands, they promise us the 'best Exchange support ... blabh...blah....' You may recall they promised the same for Entourage 2004 - and we know the kind of t*** that ended up being.

    As always, we'll have to rely on Apple to probably provide that as well.

  1. The Ancient One

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Macros?

    I read a while ago that Excel in Office 2008 would no longer support existing macros. Anybody else seen this?

  1. just a poster

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Five hundred dollars?

    Five HUNDRED dollars?! For an office suite? That's insane! I could buy an iPhone for that much!

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=C5oGaZIKYvo

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    anyone remember when...

    the Office Suite [word - entourage - excel - powerpoint] was $199 ?

    circa 2004_

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