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Migrating from Windows? Treat Office 2008 with caution.,
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This review is from: Office 2008 for Mac, Home and Student Edition (3 User Edition) (Mac) (Software)After years with PCs, I finally migrated to the Mac this Christmas. The whole experience has been remarkably painless. Everything worked, the software is for the most part beautifully designed, and I felt I had found a comfortable new home. Then I got Office 2008 Home and Student Edition, principally for Word and Entourage, so I could access all my Office 2007 files...and found myself back in the Windows world.
Word 2008 looks pretty, but is flaky. It sometimes freezes, and there's an odd problem with the document window sometimes refusing to overlay other windows that are open on the desktop. Also, the interface is different from Office 2003 and 2007, and in my opinion not as good.
Maybe I'll get used to these foibles, but the instability of the software is worrying. Worse, Office 2008 isn't fully compatible with Office 2007. Word will read documents written using earlier versions. But Entourage does not read Outlook pst files AT ALL. Migrating Outlook to Entourage is awkward to impossible without making big compromises and wasting lots of time and effort. Microsoft created an add-on for Entourage 2004 that apparently works with Outlook 2001 pst files, but there's no information from Microsoft on converting Outlook 2003 or 2007 files. There are other solutions for converting pst files, but I can find none that are simple and seamless (or free). And once they're in Entourage format, I notice that there's no way of exporting them to other email programs.
To add to the sense of a fundamental misfit between Microsoft and Apple, Microsoft's support pages for mac don't seem to work with Safari (but do with Firefox). In retrospect, I wish I hadn't tried this half-way house between the Windows and Mac worlds, but just started afresh.
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Initial post: 10 Apr 2008 15:41:30 BDT
Have you tried the compatibility option? I can get old versions of Word docs. to work fine and also new (mac) 2008 documents to work on a Win OS. running Office 2000. I also have no problems accessing the Microsoft support pages in Safari, but not sure of what the suggestion would be remedy this.
I'm happy running a desktop PC and MacBook (purchased Nov. '07) - no problems.
Posted on 11 Feb 2009 22:52:16 GMT
A. Bolus says:
Word frequently freezes. I tend to save down to the 2007 doc, rather than use docx, as the latter seems to be more stable.
Posted on 16 Oct 2009 10:12:49 BDT
Mr. Daniel J. Roebuck says:
Get OpenOffice or iWork if your gong to mac. iWork offers very good compatibility, it is easier to use and is a lot cheaper. OpenOffice has acceptable compatibility, it has the great layout of Office 2003 for Windows and is free.
Boycott this Office for Mac rubbish.
Posted on 17 Oct 2009 16:16:12 BDT
Anna C says:
As soon as I changed to MO2008, my previously lovely smooth stable utterly reliable Word began freezing, stalling, and otherwise grinding to a halt. I'd been seduced by the pretty Notebook facility on the new Word which is wonderful but I'm not sure that regular appearances of the Spinning Beachball of Death is worth it. Unstable, geriatric and annoying. Please fix or I'm moving onto iWork permanently.
Posted on 5 Jun 2010 00:22:51 BDT
For me the trouble with iWork is that while you can save out Pages documents as doc format, upon opening them in Office 2003 or 2007 on a PC, the formatting gets totally screwed. Until everyone in the commercial world starts using iWork, then MS Office seems to be the product of choice. I don't want to send my beautifully crafted iWork CV's out to recruiters, only for them to be opened and look like a bag of crap, so despite owning a Mac and iWork, I still need to get an MS Office product if I am to share my electronic docs with non-Mac/iWork users, which is most people I interact with.
Just my 2p worth.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2010 10:08:54 BDT
Save your CV and other important documents as PDF's and send them. This is only an option if the documents to be sent are not to be edited by the recipient.
Posted on 15 Sep 2010 08:54:05 BDT
Richard Elmes says:
Stick to Mac mail and iWork in my view
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2010 14:34:48 BDT
copy your PST files to IMAP and redownload in mail job done
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