Microsoft Office:mac 2008 Home and Student Edition - Complete Product

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Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition helps nonprofessional users achieve more. This edition includes three user licenses for non-commercial use on up to three personal computers.
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Power Score 3.8 | 15 Reviews
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Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 (Home and Student Edition)
3.5 Star Review  cnet.com - Jan 7, 2008

THE GOOD: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 offers good looks that encompass deeper features than other Mac productivity software; business users get full Word mail merge, robust Excel spreadsheets, and better tools in Entourage; amateur desktop publishing features more polished documents; runs on Intel-based Macs. THE BAD: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 is pricey; saves work in new file formats by default; Excel drops Visual Basic support; features dont match the depth of those in Office 2007 for Windows. THE BOTTOM LINE: Office for Mac 2008 may be the best pick for business users, but most people can get by with less costly alternatives.

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Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home Edition
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 3 expert reviews for Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home Edition and the average expert rating is 79 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Office 2008 is the worst Office version yet.
1 Star Review   By member Bugfisher - Dec 15, 2008   

Strengths: Word's font menu works better with Apple's FontBook.

Weakness: Dozens: doesn't work with Spaces; many bugs that weren't in my older version of Office.

I have been a user of Microsoft Word and Excel since version 1.0 of both programs. I have been using Office X for several years, and though I had occasional minor problems, I was basically happy with it. A few months ago I got a new iMac with OS X 10.5 (Leopard), and I love it. I had no serious problems with Leopard until I updated Microsoft Office to the 2008 version. But after using Office 2008 for a few weeks, I have decided it is the worst version of Office I have ever used; I have had far more problems with Word than I ever had with any previous version. Other than not working with Leopard's Spaces, I had had no serious problems with Excel until today when I opened a workbook that I had been using for several years in the Office X version. The first time I opened it in Office 2008's version of Excel, one of the graphs was completely screwed up. After I tried everything I could think of to straighten it out, I called Microsoft's help line. The service person who took my call asked me to e-mail the workbook to her, and after about 20 minutes of working with it, she said she could not figure out what the problem was, or what to do about it. But she said I was still charged with one of my two free support calls. I have decided to abandon Office 2008 and go back to using Office X, because Office 2008 is basically worthless. I plan to ask Microsoft for a refund, and if they refuse, then they have breached their contract with me, and I will consider myself released from any obligation to comply with their license restrictions.

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Office 2008 for Mac (full retail box)
3 Star Review   By member Anonymous - Jun 18, 2008   

Strengths: Word and Excel XML file support (XML is also used for Office 2007 for Windows)

Weakness: Excel no longer has Visual Basic.

Excel no longer has Visual Basic. Everyone complained, so Microsoft has committed to bringing it back in the next version. I think this was a calculated way to cut-down on Office 2008's development time and to use the reinclusion of Visual Basic as a seling point for the next upgrade! While the Mac Business Unit is better than the rest Microsoft, they still are just a part of Microsoft. Switch to Apple's iWork '08 which has full Word/Excel/PowerPoint support and is cheaper. You won't be sorry.

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Universal Binary as major upgrade point
3 Star Review   By member compcons - May 26, 2008   

Strengths: Native on Intel Macs, support for XML based file formats

Weakness: Loss of Visual Basic (though doesn't affect most home users), still buggy

I've been using this version of Office for almost half a year now, and there are still many times when I'm dissatisfied with it. I've used Office on Windows for years (up to version 2003, still can't warm up to 2007) and when I migrated to Mac a few years ago, I of course had version 2003. My biggest impetus for upgrading was to be the performance improvement by making it a Universal Binary/Intel native piece of software. I was sort of wrong as the apps don't seem that much faster or improved, in fact, sometimes even crash more than the previous version of Office for Mac, most notably in Excel. I'm not a heavy user of any office apps, but do need to constantly use the apps to share files with others. Excel and Word are my strongest points, and the former definitely lacks features compared to the Windows version. Microsoft is simply trying to make the product Mac pretty more than "office" pretty. I am glad they didn't use the ribbon from Office 2007 on the Macs, but that also basically means they didn't add a whole lot new features from Office 2003 either. In fact, many will complain about the lost feature of Visual Basic support. I've recently installed the recent Service Pack 1 and hoping it resolves many of the stability issues I've seen. I don't ever expect this to be a revolutionary product, however.

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Office 2008 Home & Student Edition GREAT Value!
5 Star Review   By member pyc103 - May 20, 2008   

Strengths: Familar Office Suite, inexpensive price, 3 licenses

If you're going to buy Mac Office for your Mac, which I think is essential, because who doesnt use Word or Excel, then Mac Office Home Student / Teacher Edition is the best value! It's cheaper than the other versions, and you get 3 licenses to use! There's no crippled software here folks! Full versions, plus exchange support for email in case you use (Entourage - I dont). I will admit, I am coming from as a Windows user, and it's not as intuitive as the toolbar isnt as prominent as it is in Windows. Nevertheless, everything is there that you need.

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Microsoft office for mac 2008 home and student
4 Star Review   By member macsgirl01 - May 6, 2008   

Strengths: very easy to use and has everything you could possibly want.

Was skeptical about this software because I was not familiar with it. Daughter needed it for school and we just bought a macbook. Price was right at officemax on sale for 129.99 and also had a discount coupon for another 20 dollards off. Decided to try it. She likes it so far!

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Office 2008 (Home & Student)
2 Star Review   By member tokamkoto96 - Apr 23, 2008   

Strengths: Powerpoint (the only solid improvement) has a lot more bells and whistles

Weakness: Entourage (Home & Student) does not support exchange server accounts. Overall Office 08 uses more resources so it is slow on machines that are older than negative 1 year old.

Excel is so-so. It has A LOT more space to work with, but it's meaningless without a powerful computer. Even Excel 04 is slow on my MacBook Pro (purchased new 8 months ago). It also does not appear to have a solver, which is very frustrating when working on statistics problems. Word is word. How complicated can you get with word?

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Office:mac 2008 H&S Edition
4 Star Review   By member charleskimble - Apr 5, 2008   

Strengths: Word, Excel, Power Point, Entourage, Messenger, 3 licences

Weakness: No Exchange Support, No Video in Messenger

This is Microsoft's latest version of Office for a mac. H&S is the cheapest of the versions out there. You get Word, Excel, Power Point, Messenger, and Entourage (Like Outlook). You also can install it on 3 different computers. If you get your email from an Exchange server, this version of Office will not work for you. Entourage in the H&S edition doesn't support exchange. You will have to get one of the more expensive versions of Office, their Entourage does support Exchange. The Messenger for Mac doesn't support video chat. This is disappointing since iChat doesn't support MSN.

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Fantastic Software
5 Star Review   By member joefrank64k - Mar 29, 2008   

Strengths: Familiar Office programs that you know and (hopefully) love

Weakness: If you switch between Office 2007 for Windows and Office 2008 for Mac (like I do) then the interface differences can be a little annoying.

Look, there really isn't much to say...if you need/are used to/prefer to iWork MS Office then you have to buy Office 2008 for your Mac. If you have an Intel Mac then you will notice a big improvement from Office 2004 and the neat new tricks in Word make creating documents a breeze.

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Easy to Install, easy to use
4 Star Review   By member philcrocetti - Mar 29, 2008   

Strengths: Install was easy. Good value for the money.

Weakness: None yet

I needed this for receiving Word documents and editing them. I do not use Entourage, so I cannot comment on that component. Overall, Word and Excel are similar enough to the PC version that the learning curve is not steep. I see iWorks can open Word docs, but I wanted full compatibility with Word for the PC. Having 3 licenses for this price is a good value. Word has not crashed yet on my iMac, so I am pleased. I recommend.

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Office 2008 for MAC
3 Star Review   By member snickers2006 - Mar 18, 2008   

Strengths: similar to the Office for Windows

Weakness: formatting palette instead of the toolbar known from Windows

I bought this product for my new Macbook regarding to import my documents from Windows and because I have to be able to write "doc.uments" in the future. What I like is that in general Office 2008 for Mac works similar to the version for Windows. Except from the formatting palette which is different from the known toolbar. This is a weakness because often the screen view is bothered by the formatting palette. But if you need an Office for Mac than you can work with.

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Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition helps nonprofessional users achieve more. This edition includes three user licenses for non-commercial use on up to three personal computers.
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Product Title Microsoft Office:mac 2008 Home and Student Edition - Complete Product
Manufacturer Microsoft
Lowest Price $122.74 from Amazon.com
Power Score 3.8 | 15 Reviews
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Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 (Home and Student Edition)
3.5 Star Review  cnet.com - Jan 7, 2008

THE GOOD: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 offers good looks that encompass deeper features than other Mac productivity software; business users get full Word mail merge, robust Excel spreadsheets, and better tools in Entourage; amateur desktop publishing features more polished documents; runs on Intel-based Macs. THE BAD: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 is pricey; saves work in new file formats by default; Excel drops Visual Basic support; features dont match the depth of those in Office 2007 for Windows. THE BOTTOM LINE: Office for Mac 2008 may be the best pick for business users, but most people can get by with less costly alternatives.

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Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home Edition
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 3 expert reviews for Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home Edition and the average expert rating is 79 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Office 2008 is the worst Office version yet.
1 Star Review   By member Bugfisher - Dec 15, 2008   

Strengths: Word's font menu works better with Apple's FontBook.

Weakness: Dozens: doesn't work with Spaces; many bugs that weren't in my older version of Office.

I have been a user of Microsoft Word and Excel since version 1.0 of both programs. I have been using Office X for several years, and though I had occasional minor problems, I was basically happy with it. A few months ago I got a new iMac with OS X 10.5 (Leopard), and I love it. I had no serious problems with Leopard until I updated Microsoft Office to the 2008 version. But after using Office 2008 for a few weeks, I have decided it is the worst version of Office I have ever used; I have had far more problems with Word than I ever had with any previous version. Other than not working with Leopard's Spaces, I had had no serious problems with Excel until today when I opened a workbook that I had been using for several years in the Office X version. The first time I opened it in Office 2008's version of Excel, one of the graphs was completely screwed up. After I tried everything I could think of to straighten it out, I called Microsoft's help line. The service person who took my call asked me to e-mail the workbook to her, and after about 20 minutes of working with it, she said she could not figure out what the problem was, or what to do about it. But she said I was still charged with one of my two free support calls. I have decided to abandon Office 2008 and go back to using Office X, because Office 2008 is basically worthless. I plan to ask Microsoft for a refund, and if they refuse, then they have breached their contract with me, and I will consider myself released from any obligation to comply with their license restrictions.

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Office 2008 for Mac (full retail box)
3 Star Review   By member Anonymous - Jun 18, 2008   

Strengths: Word and Excel XML file support (XML is also used for Office 2007 for Windows)

Weakness: Excel no longer has Visual Basic.

Excel no longer has Visual Basic. Everyone complained, so Microsoft has committed to bringing it back in the next version. I think this was a calculated way to cut-down on Office 2008's development time and to use the reinclusion of Visual Basic as a seling point for the next upgrade! While the Mac Business Unit is better than the rest Microsoft, they still are just a part of Microsoft. Switch to Apple's iWork '08 which has full Word/Excel/PowerPoint support and is cheaper. You won't be sorry.

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Universal Binary as major upgrade point
3 Star Review   By member compcons - May 26, 2008   

Strengths: Native on Intel Macs, support for XML based file formats

Weakness: Loss of Visual Basic (though doesn't affect most home users), still buggy

I've been using this version of Office for almost half a year now, and there are still many times when I'm dissatisfied with it. I've used Office on Windows for years (up to version 2003, still can't warm up to 2007) and when I migrated to Mac a few years ago, I of course had version 2003. My biggest impetus for upgrading was to be the performance improvement by making it a Universal Binary/Intel native piece of software. I was sort of wrong as the apps don't seem that much faster or improved, in fact, sometimes even crash more than the previous version of Office for Mac, most notably in Excel. I'm not a heavy user of any office apps, but do need to constantly use the apps to share files with others. Excel and Word are my strongest points, and the former definitely lacks features compared to the Windows version. Microsoft is simply trying to make the product Mac pretty more than "office" pretty. I am glad they didn't use the ribbon from Office 2007 on the Macs, but that also basically means they didn't add a whole lot new features from Office 2003 either. In fact, many will complain about the lost feature of Visual Basic support. I've recently installed the recent Service Pack 1 and hoping it resolves many of the stability issues I've seen. I don't ever expect this to be a revolutionary product, however.

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Office 2008 Home & Student Edition GREAT Value!
5 Star Review   By member pyc103 - May 20, 2008   

Strengths: Familar Office Suite, inexpensive price, 3 licenses

If you're going to buy Mac Office for your Mac, which I think is essential, because who doesnt use Word or Excel, then Mac Office Home Student / Teacher Edition is the best value! It's cheaper than the other versions, and you get 3 licenses to use! There's no crippled software here folks! Full versions, plus exchange support for email in case you use (Entourage - I dont). I will admit, I am coming from as a Windows user, and it's not as intuitive as the toolbar isnt as prominent as it is in Windows. Nevertheless, everything is there that you need.

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Microsoft office for mac 2008 home and student
4 Star Review   By member macsgirl01 - May 6, 2008   

Strengths: very easy to use and has everything you could possibly want.

Was skeptical about this software because I was not familiar with it. Daughter needed it for school and we just bought a macbook. Price was right at officemax on sale for 129.99 and also had a discount coupon for another 20 dollards off. Decided to try it. She likes it so far!

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Office 2008 (Home & Student)
2 Star Review   By member tokamkoto96 - Apr 23, 2008   

Strengths: Powerpoint (the only solid improvement) has a lot more bells and whistles

Weakness: Entourage (Home & Student) does not support exchange server accounts. Overall Office 08 uses more resources so it is slow on machines that are older than negative 1 year old.

Excel is so-so. It has A LOT more space to work with, but it's meaningless without a powerful computer. Even Excel 04 is slow on my MacBook Pro (purchased new 8 months ago). It also does not appear to have a solver, which is very frustrating when working on statistics problems. Word is word. How complicated can you get with word?

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Office:mac 2008 H&S Edition
4 Star Review   By member charleskimble - Apr 5, 2008   

Strengths: Word, Excel, Power Point, Entourage, Messenger, 3 licences

Weakness: No Exchange Support, No Video in Messenger

This is Microsoft's latest version of Office for a mac. H&S is the cheapest of the versions out there. You get Word, Excel, Power Point, Messenger, and Entourage (Like Outlook). You also can install it on 3 different computers. If you get your email from an Exchange server, this version of Office will not work for you. Entourage in the H&S edition doesn't support exchange. You will have to get one of the more expensive versions of Office, their Entourage does support Exchange. The Messenger for Mac doesn't support video chat. This is disappointing since iChat doesn't support MSN.

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Fantastic Software
5 Star Review   By member joefrank64k - Mar 29, 2008   

Strengths: Familiar Office programs that you know and (hopefully) love

Weakness: If you switch between Office 2007 for Windows and Office 2008 for Mac (like I do) then the interface differences can be a little annoying.

Look, there really isn't much to say...if you need/are used to/prefer to iWork MS Office then you have to buy Office 2008 for your Mac. If you have an Intel Mac then you will notice a big improvement from Office 2004 and the neat new tricks in Word make creating documents a breeze.

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Easy to Install, easy to use
4 Star Review   By member philcrocetti - Mar 29, 2008   

Strengths: Install was easy. Good value for the money.

Weakness: None yet

I needed this for receiving Word documents and editing them. I do not use Entourage, so I cannot comment on that component. Overall, Word and Excel are similar enough to the PC version that the learning curve is not steep. I see iWorks can open Word docs, but I wanted full compatibility with Word for the PC. Having 3 licenses for this price is a good value. Word has not crashed yet on my iMac, so I am pleased. I recommend.

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Office 2008 for MAC
3 Star Review   By member snickers2006 - Mar 18, 2008   

Strengths: similar to the Office for Windows

Weakness: formatting palette instead of the toolbar known from Windows

I bought this product for my new Macbook regarding to import my documents from Windows and because I have to be able to write "doc.uments" in the future. What I like is that in general Office 2008 for Mac works similar to the version for Windows. Except from the formatting palette which is different from the known toolbar. This is a weakness because often the screen view is bothered by the formatting palette. But if you need an Office for Mac than you can work with.

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Great Program
2 Star Review   By member arnoota - Mar 1, 2008   

Strengths: Just like Office for Windows! Fast install, runs smoothly. Built-in Save as PDF option or send to Messenger contacts.

Weakness: Does NOT support right-left languages like Arabic. Does not support "print selection" feature.

I just switched from PC to Mac last week, and thus far, have been thoroughly pleased with my switch. I primarily use the Microsoft Office suite (aside from the internet browsers), and so it was really critical that Office works well. There were a few new features that I was pleasantly surprised to find, including a built-in save as PDF option (which I had to separately add to my Windows Office suite) and the option to send my files to Messenger contacts. There also doesn't seem to be a problem sharing documents with Windows users, EXCEPT there were a few formatting changes that were made when transferring a PowerPoint document that was CREATED on a Mac and then transferred to Windows. Not the other way around. But the real disappointment for me is that it does not support right-to-left languages like Arabic. Mac supports Arabic, and Windows' Office supports Arabic, so I do not understand why Office for Mac does not support it. This has been an issue for several years with previous versions of Office for Mac, so the fact that the brand new 2008 suite has not added this feature is a real disappointment, and a shock. Especially so since iWorks and NeoOffice both support Arabic. I cannot comment on Office for Mac's support for other languages. If you only use Office for Mac in English and either do not use or can find a way around the lack of the "print selection" feature, then this product is for you. However, given my absolute need for Arabic support and the fact that iWorks and NeoOffice have supported Arabic for years, I'm giving Office for Mac two stars.

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Great software
4 Star Review   By member 43isrobert - Jan 31, 2008   

Strengths: Works well with my Mac

Weakness: Doesn't include all the programs that the Windows version does

This is a great product for someone who is migrating from the PC to Mac world. The features are very similar to the PC version. I would recommend it to anyone, but especially those who have converted from one OS to the other!

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Office 2008 for Mac suite adds more bells and whistles.
5 Star Review   By member dvdirv - Jan 18, 2008   

Strengths: Great new modern look. Lots of new colorful templates. Full customization. Easy install. Speed improvements.

Weakness: Ribbon and toolbar hiding for basic editing.

Microsoft has really outdid themselves with this new version of Office for Mac 2008. Most features from previous versions are still there, but MS has added lots more. It's got a great cool look, but that's only the beginning. Office has lots of very colorful templates so you can create brochures or even newsletters. Think of it as PageMaker Light. The main improvement is full customization of features. It's very open ended for making documents exactly as you want them. Besides the usual bold, italic and normal fonts, for example, Office offers you tons of new text designs. Speed is one of the pleasant surprises of this software. Since this version is Universal Binary, it is made for Intel Macs. My WORD, for example, loaded in just 5 seconds from the double click to a blank document ready for creation. With the previous versions of Office, you simply dragged the "Office" icon to your hard disk and then let it install. With the 2008 version, you click on the Office icon and follow the directions. It worked quite well this way. You are constantly prompted to change identity or import information from previous versions. I have very little complaints with Office 2008, but I do miss the ribbon and toolbar for simple editing functions. But the good news is that you need to know where to look for them to do an install under the "View" option. Microsoft waited nearly 4 years to bring out this new version of Office. Users will be pleasantly surprised at all the new options that await them.

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