Tue, 15 Jan 2008 Microsoft Office 2008 For Mac
Microsoft is back with a new version of office. But can Office 2008 reclaim the top spot in the face of so much competition?
- Manufacturer: Microsoft
- Pros: Universal Binary, OpenXML support, useful Elements Gallery, Word now matches Pages as a page layout tool, Home & Student edition particularly good value
- Cons: Sometime lacklustre performance, no support for Visual Basic macros, PowerPoint still looks weak compared with Keynote
- Min specs: A Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (500 MHz or faster) processor; Mac OS X version 10.4.9 or later; 512MB of RAM or more; 1.5GB of available hard disk space; HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended or HFS Plus); DVD drive or connection to a local area network (if installing over a network); 1024x768 or higher resolution-monitor; Entourage and certain features require internet access (fees may apply). For Office 2008 for Mac and Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Editions: Connectivity to Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 or later is required for certain advanced functionality in Entourage 2008
- £99.95 (Student edition)
- £349.95 (Standard)
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Definitely a mixed bag: Word has been substantially improved and is a joy to use, and Entourage has some useful new innovations. But Excel is a less-than-stellar upgrade given the lack of Visual Basic macros, and though PowerPoint is better than it was, it still trails well behind Keynote.