Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 Business Edition [Old Version]
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- Develop professional documents with Word building blocks and commonly-used business templates
- Build informative, accurate spreadsheets with easy-to-use, preformatted Excel formulas
- Manage e-mail, daily appointments and tasks with Entourage
- Apply SmartArt graphics to create polished presentations and reports
- Connect with others through Microsoft Office Exchange Server support
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Our best Office for your best business.
Only Office gives you this much compatibility.
Confidently share files with colleagues and clients no matter what version of Office they're running, even if they use Office for Windows.
Choose software that grows with your business.
Get a powerful suite designed to keep up with your company's growth. Find what basic users need and advanced users demand in one comprehensive package.
Save time and money with the world's most familiar software.
Choosing familiar software can be a great way to reduce time and money on training. Get up and running faster, and allocate the resources you save to other important areas of your business.
Upgrade and save.
You may be eligible to upgrade to Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition at a special discounted price. Licensed users of any Microsoft Office 98 Macintosh Edition suite or application, or any Office for Mac 2001-2004 suite or application, are eligible for the discount. Plus, get Business Edition extras like Exchange Server support and Office Live Workspace to help you manage, create and collaborate more effectively and easily.
What's New About Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition?
Microsoft Office Live Workspace Support
Share files and collaborate on projects from virtually anywhere.
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services
Store and share documents, contacts, calendars and tasks in a single secure location.
Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition
Stay in sync on all your devices with Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition. Unlock the power of Microsoft Exchange Server (2007 or later versions) so you can sync your email, calendar and notes, between your desktop, laptop and Windows-based mobile phone.
Business templates, themes, and clip art
Look your most professional with customizable business templates that can make brochures, newsletters, and flyers stand out from the crowd. Apply your personal brand to any document with themes, then add the finishing touch with business-right illustrations and clip art.
Remote Desktop for Mac 2
Connect from your Mac to your Windows-based PC quickly and access files, applications, devices and networks with advanced security technology.
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Highlights and Features
Collaborate and Connect
Your ability to share and communicate with others--regardless of Mac or PC platform--is critical to your success. Reach customers, prospects and partners more effectively with Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition.
- Stay in touch while on the go
Sync your email, calendar and contacts via your in-house Exchange Server with ActiveSync.
- Count on cross-platform compatibility
Use the same file format as Office for Windows and rely on a sophisticated graphics engine to help ensure accurate, consistent file sharing and printing.
- Access and share your files online
Microsoft Office Live Workspace is a security-enhanced "virtual headquarters" where you can share work and collaborate online. For more complex projects, Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services support enables you store and share documents, contacts, calendars and tasks in a single secure location.
- Drive your Windows-based PC from the comfort of your Mac
With Remote Desktop for Mac 2, you can quickly connect to your Windows-based PC to access files, applications, devices and networks.
- Take your show on the road
Export presentations to your iPod or iPhone with PowerPoint 2008. Share your ideas or hold impromptu rehearsals wherever life takes you.
Bring your ideas to life, put more of your personality into your projects and represent your brand exactly the way you intend. Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition gives you the design, marketing and communication tools to help you create professional-looking business materials you'll be proud of.
- Print-ready documents are a snap
Save money, time and paper. Simple desktop publishing features in Word 2008 let you create high-quality newsletters, brochures and flyers. With Publishing Layout View, you can proof and edit your documents precisely so they print without surprises.
- Discover the flexibility of Word 2008
Use the Outline view to organize all your information into a convenient, flexible format, or choose Notebook Layout View to capture text and audio notes on multiple topics.
- Work faster with your favorite tools
Whether you're working in Word 2008, Excel 2008 or PowerPoint 2008, the Elements Gallery puts your most commonly used tools and functions at your fingertips so you can create documents more quickly.
- Quickly create and customize common business documents
Start with updated templates in Word and Excel 2008, then get creative with easy-to-use Document Elements, Word Art and SmartArt tools. Add your personal brand to any document with Themes, using fonts, colors and graphics you choose and apply with a single click.
- Personalize mass mailings easily and efficiently
The Mail Merge feature in Word 2008 lets you efficiently create materials for all your clients, so you can send a personal touch every time.
Manage Your Business
Growing a small business can be more than a full-time job. That's why Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition has updated programs and features that are ready to go to work immediately to help you save time and operate more professionally.
- Keep every day on track
My Day in Entourage 2008 provides a real-time snapshot of your schedule and to-do lists so you stay on track and on time.
- Stay in sync, anywhere, anytime
With Entourage 2008, your team can access and manage their email and calendars from any web connection--via Mac, PC or a Windows-based mobile device. With Office Live Workspace, they can quickly launch online folders tailored to the unique needs of each project. Now it's easy to co-author documents and share feedback anytime, online.
- Take control of your business finances
Excel 2008 can help you manage your business finances like a pro. Clear, accessible templates, plus enhanced calculation and analysis functions, make it easier to monitor sales and billings.
- Word 2008 enables you to expand your creativity with confidence. Create high-quality marketing materials like brochures, newsletters, flyers and more with professionally designed, customizable templates. Even add cover pages and bibliographies. Add polish with business-right illustrations using SmartArt and hundreds of specially designed, business-oriented graphics.
- PowerPoint 2008 makes it easy to present like a pro. Give more polished, creative presentations. Save time and manage presentations better with Presenter Tools. Move about easily with Apple Remote and engage your audience while keeping your presentation running smoothly. Enhanced features like animation paths and animated GIFs are sure to make an impression.
- Excel 2008 helps you manage business today while you plan for tomorrow. Business growth requires financial planning, and Excel 2008 can help you reach your goals. Updated sorting, formatting and charting tools, together with improved formula-builder and error-finding functions, help you track your progress.
- Entourage 2008 empowers you to take control of project details. Project Center lets you quickly create, customize and track project-related emails, files, contacts and other important details, in one convenient location. Save your project on your server, and share the information through Entourage 2008.
Top Customer Reviews
Previous reviewers have spent much time comparing and contrasting Office for Mac 2008 with earlier versions or with PC versions. I won't repeat that, and I'm also going to assume that you have at least a passing knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
The decision now facing you, however, is likely one as to WHICH version of Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 you'll be buying. There are four choices:
1) Home and Student Edition
2) Standard Edition
3) Special Media Edition
4) Business Edition
The Home and Student Edition (about $110) is the basic iteration - it includes all the major products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage) but does not have Exchange Server support or Automator Actions. Exchange Server Support is included in OSX 10.6, so this loss is not particularly important. Visual Basic, supported in earlier versions, is no longer supported. If you care about that, you'll probably want the "replacement" automator actions capabilities. If you've never heard of or used visual basic, then this version might be just fine for you.
The Standard Edition adds Microsoft Exchange support, something already included in OS X, and only of interest if you insist on using Entourage rather than Mac Mail. Automator Actions are included as well. This comes at a significant extra cost, as the standard edition is about $195.
The Special Media Edition adds Expression Media, but also includes Automator Actions and Exchange Support. Oddly, it is available at a lower price of $174. You will therefore never purchase the Standard Edition above.Read more ›
What I will do here is go over the differences between the "Home and Student" and the "Business" versions as well as point out some new features found in Office 2008. The Home and Student" version includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Messenger, Entourage, and Live Workspace Support. While most people know what the first four apps do, the last two might need explaining. Live Workspace is Microsoft's online storage and file sharing product. You can access your files from any computer and even make them available to other people. I don't use this so I can't comment on it. Entourage is Microsoft's email client (like Outlook on the PC). The "Home and Student" version of Entourage has one big limitation. It doesn't support Microsoft Exchange Server. Exchange is Microsoft's email server and is used by many businesses. If you want to take your Mac into work, plug it into your company's network, and use a full featured email program, you need the "Business" version to connect to an Exchange mail system. This is the biggest reason for buying the "Business Edition".
The "Business"edition adds the following services:
1. Microsoft Sharepoint support. This is one of those features that if you don't know what it is, you probably don't need it. Sharepoint is a server app that allows file sharing services over the internet. A lot of medium to large business use it.
2. Entourage Web Services Edition.Read more ›
*I have experience with several versions of Mac Office, beginning with version 4.2 . I also have used Office 98, Office 2001, and as mentioned above, Office v.X before upgrading to Office 2008.
*The way I use Office has changed over time. I made extensive use of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in graduate school and in various professional settings through Office 2001. Now I mostly use Excel to do basic financial analysis and Word to write personal documents.
*Installation is straightforward, using Apple's familiar Installer mechanism. I prefer this method to the old drag-and-drop installation method because OS X is so sensitive to where things are installed.
*The installer program automatically finds older versions of Office and allows users to delete them easily.
*Many customized settings can be transferred from previous Office installations, including dictionaries, autocorrect lists, and proofing tool settings.
*Once Office 2008 is installed, several updates must be downloaded and installed. Microsoft should have made this process more user-friendly. Users must manually shut down other applications, including the Office 2008 Installer, before running the update installer.
*Office is now a Universal Binary so the same program will run on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
*An Uninstaller is placed in the Office folder automatically.
*Office will check for updates automatically on a schedule chosen by the user.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am actually very disappointed in the product. I am anxious to return it for credit. Can you process a RMA for me? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard O. Vandenberg
It does what it is supposed to do. Microsoft products are always overpriced and under-serviced. But I needed something to be able to accommodate my colleagues who insist on using... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Eric D. Smith
We bought this for our new Macs so they could communicate with our aging but soon to be updated Exchange server (2003). Works great and the users haven't had any complaints.Published on January 17, 2014 by Tech Ed
It works well if you still are using an old Mac that is no longer supported. Too bad that Apple no longer gives any support for it's old products. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Philip Sydell
This business edition of Microsoft Office worked fine on my MacBook Pro and I'm sure there are business owners out there who can make use of the extra bells and whistles this... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Deanokat
This great for Mac users to have the files compatible with all other office machines. Word is the most accepted software for offices and it's nice not having to worry about files... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Paul M. January
Came just as described. Good deal and has all of the needed programs included. Great addition to my Mac. I'd do it all again.Published on January 31, 2013 by WiseGuy541