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Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 Business Edition [Old Version]

Platform : Mac OS X
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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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  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
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  • ASIN: B002KO0NGU
  • Item model number: GYD-00001
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 6, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,140 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stuart Gitlow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2009
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Reviewed on MacBook 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo running System 10.6.2 with version 12.2.3 of Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 Business Edition.

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.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Loves Books in MD VINE VOICE on December 15, 2009
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Most people are familiar with at least some parts of Microsoft Office... Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage. These programs have been around for years and Microsoft keeps adding new features with each new version. There are just too many features to go into here. For more specific info go to: [...]

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.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By korova on September 15, 2009
I installed Office 2008 on my 1.25GHz G4 iMac, running System 10.5.8 . Since many reviewers have thoroughly discussed the features of each Office application already, I am focusing this review on my experience of upgrading from Office v.X to Office 2008 on a PowerPC iMac.

*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.
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