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Briefly: Office 2008 for Mac discount, iMac repair guides

updated 12:15 am EST, Fri November 20, 2009 for small businesses

In brief: To help U.S college and graduate students dealing with heavy educational-based costs, Microsoft's MacBU has announced a special deal for the Office 2008 for Mac, dropping the price by over 70 percent. Office 2008 Business Edition provides a series of different applications to help support all areas of education, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Entourage 2008, and Document Connection for Mac with SharePoint support.

iFixit has released 241 repair guides covering all Mac mini's and most iMacs developed after 2004, providing in-depth disassembly guides, model identification tips, trouble shooting techniques and upgrade information. With the new guides users receive $1,452 photos that help guide the repair process, as well as step-by-step directions. The guides provide coverage for all 17 and 20-inch iMacs in both G5 and Intel models, and G4, Intel Core Solo, Core Duo and Core 2 Duo Mac mini's. In addition, the company is also launching an iMac parts store, consisting of hard drives, RAM, power supplies, and tools for disassembly.

by MacNN Staff



  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who needs it?

    With iLife, iWork, all the rest of the media i's, Preview, and Grab no one needs the bloated input nightmare that is anything Microsoft. Especially anyone who wants to get productive student work finished. Same can be said for most Adobe products. Has anyone else noticed?

  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More Likely

    MSBU is getting ready to release Office2010 and wants to milk the sales numbers for 2008 at the same time as s******* unsuspecting folks that would otherwise skip straight to 2010.

    I seriously doubt that they are, as their press release implies, doing this out of the kindness of their hearts and empathy for college students blah, blah, blah.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Business Edition!

    This discount is on the Business Edition that nobody buys anyway! Now if the Home & Student edition was going for about $29 I'd buy it so that I could open unwelcome stuff that's sent to me!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Who needs it

    Exactly what features of iLife, Preview, and Grab are you using to replace MS Office? I guessed I missed it when Office released the photo manipulator, screen capture tool, and PDF viewer.

  1. MarshallN

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Answering 'Why Office?' for college students

    We get feedback that college students need the best layout fidelity with Office for Windows (not just simple file format compatibility) for assignments, publication and group projects and features only available in Office for Mac. We're also seeing more and more requests from education students and administrators for SharePoint and Exchange connectivity on the Mac, which is only available in our Business Edition package.

    Even the Home and Student version of Office will give students Solver, the Analysis Toolpak, a built-in citation manager, auto-save capabilities, and a host of other features that aren't in nearly all competing applications.

    Hope that helps.

    Marshall Nam
    MacBU Product Manager

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