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Mac Office 2008 coming in January

Microsoft has finalized the details of the product lineup and the pricing for its Mac Office 2008 Suite, due on January 15, 2008. The suite will consist of Word 2008, Excel 2008, PowerPoint 2008, and Entourage 2008, which is the equivalent of Microsoft Outlook for the Windows platform.

Microsoft has finalized the details of the product lineup and the pricing for its Mac Office 2008 Suite, due on the January 15, 2008. The suite will consist of Word 2008, Excel 2008, PowerPoint 2008, and Entourage 2008, which is the equivalent of Microsoft Outlook for the Windows platform.

Office 2008 will feature new, larger toolbars and buttons, though not the "ribbon" interface as with Office 2007 for Windows.

Some of the other new features, according to eWeek:

In addition, Office 2008 will include the following new features: Ledger Sheets for Excel 2008, a Publishing Layout View in Word 2008 (perhaps to compete more directly with Apple's Pages application), new SmartArt graphics capabilities and a My Day schedule widget for Entourage 2008.

It appears that Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has been dropped in favor of automation through AppleScript. This is really the result of Office 2008's move to being a Universal Binary application, which should provide a speed boost compared to Office 2004 on Intel-based Macs.

Office 2008 will come in three versions. The "core" version, Office 2008 for Mac, which includes all of the applications plus Automator and Microsoft Exchange Server support, will cost $399.95, with a $239.95 upgrade price.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition allows three user licenses but does not include the Automator and Exchange Server support. The cost for this retail version is $149.95, with no upgrade pricing announced.

Any Mac Office users here?

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4 comments
Don1958
Don1958

My company will surely upgrade, and probably pretty quickly, for the supposedly improved Exchange support. We have a mixed environment (2% Unix/Linux/ 8%-10% Mac/88%-90%Windoze) so we need the Exchange and our users are looking forward to the Out of Office message in Entourage 2008. The lack of support for VBA is definitely a huge concern for us though, as it makes templates that contain macros problematic - unless someone here knows of a batch conversion system somewhere.

paulmah
paulmah

Any Mac Office users here?

mawandayoo
mawandayoo

Hallow, Hope you are doing fine wherever you are. Am Tom mawanda who have been desired for long time to you Macintosh because of it beautiful features it has, i first saw an apple with a Canadian friend who had visited Uganda. Currently am a student in Taiwan and i want to purchase Apple but the challenge i have faced is most of my friend have restricted me to you it, that programmes are not suitable with IBM OR Microsoft yet my heart still has a desire for it Now my question is does Macintosh use Microsoft word effectively or does it work effectively with other computer programmes. like in case i have prepare a power point on apple and save it on flash dish can't course a defect on my slides i will be grateful if my request of inquires are answered. God be with you.

grantbav
grantbav

Hi I use Office for Macintosh 2004. Mostly for Word and Excel. I find that under Rosetta it works fairly well and due to the substantial changes Microsoft is making to Word in regards to compatibility, I am hesitant about changing. Visual Basic is very important for Macs to grow into machines that are enterprise ready. I'm staying with Office 2004 for a while. I don't approve of the changes made to the Windows version either.... Yuck.... Grant Baverstock