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Microsoft debuts Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Tue September 15, 2009

Part of simplified Office lineup

Microsoft has announced a reorganization of its Office 2008 for Mac product lineup. The software now comes in just two main editions: Home & Student, and Business. The latter is new, adding a series of differences on top of the regular releases of Word, Excel, Entourage and PowerPoint.

These include the ability to sync tasks, notes and categories through Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition; the software should also have faster data sync in general, better supporting Exchange e-mail and calendars. A Document Connection module said to improve browsing documents via SharePoint and/or Office Live Workspace, and the suite includes over 200 templates and pieces of clip art. Business Edition is now on sale for $400, or $240 as an upgrade from any other Office suite or program ranging between 98 and 2004.




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  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    The heat

    This just leads me to believe that Snow Leopard as well as the other alternatives are starting to have a rather adverse affect on Office for Mac sales.

    I, for one, see no need to upgrade our office even though we're on "old" 2004. The new version just doesn't seem to have anything compelling to make us justify the upgrade; plus it just seems like the same old eye candy improvements while major issues like full Exchange and VB Macro support are ignored.

    Our teams' initial use of NeoOffice has been rather seamless with the rest of the company's 100 Windows Office users, and now Snow Leopard is providing even better use of the calendaring and email requirements.

    I really wish Office for Mac were a knockout so Microsoft would keep going but they just don't seem to want to commit 100% to it!

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  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Hate Office '08

    Personally, I hate Office '08. I should just stuck w/ iWork, but in the realm of academia Office is the gold standard for word processing and presentations. I've had iWork '09 for nearly a year now and Office '08 a bit longer....in that time, there have been 2.5 service packs for Office '08 (incl. countless updates in-between) and 2, maybe 3 minor "patches" for iWork.

    We bought Office '08 when it first came out and it was dog-slow (esp. on a 2.66Ghz iMac w/ 4GB RAM)....took nearly 30sec to start Word '08 for the first time. Today, two service packs later, it is probably 40-50% faster than it was when we bought it (on the same machine, too!). I still get crashes from time to time but nothing like I did when it first came out...it truly was the Windows Me of Office suites (Mac OR Windows).

    I could care less if M$ made Office for Mac anymore.... NeoOffice and OpenOffice are far more stable than Office '08, and aren't nearly as expensive. iWork (esp. '08 and later) are by far the most compelling reasons to switch from Powerpoint to Keynote, and from Word to Pages; Pages is not nearly as unstable as Word, and the '09 version is very powerful. In the total cost of buying even the Student/Home Ed. of Office '08, I could save $10 and buy iWork twice over!

    I'm not saying Office '08 doesn't have a plethora of features, but those that it shares w/ iWork are not nearly as elegant or as easy to use. Excel ('04) is still king b/c of VBA support, but I've since switched to Numbers '09 (as opposed to Excel '08) and haven't looked back in 6mo. Yeah, I miss VBA but I'm starting to learn AppleScript and it's a tad easier than doing VBA scripts.

  1. aduffbrew

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Decent product... Lousy price!

    Is it just me or is Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac no more "seamless" than many of the other lower cost alternatives when it comes to collaborating with those using Microsoft Office for Windows?

    Don't get me wrong, I like Office 2008. But considering what you're getting and what is available elsewhere, are they serious? $400? I want a strong and competitive Microsoft to spur innovation but the market is changing. Cut the price by a half or two thirds, sell more units and reduce piracy. The alternative office suites have gotten too good for Microsoft to command such a premium for theirs.

    Of course, I say this from the perspective of probably 90% of office suite users out there. I only use a fraction of the software's capabilities. Perhaps if I were collaborating on more than just simple spreadsheets and word documents, I'd have a greater appreciation for Office 2008 and wouldn't balk at the price.

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