Office 2008 versus 2011 for MacBrook Pro with Lion Had 2004 office with no problems, using mainly Word, Excel, and Power Point. Just bought MAC OS X Lion and it doesn't support Office 2004. Reviews of 2011 note stability problems. Would Office 2008 do the job for me and would Lion support it ( My MacBoork Pro is Intel dual core}
I have used Pages to open and save MS Word documents for years. Sometimes there's a warning about page borders or something but it always opens. You ought to try it again. If you're looking for an open-source, multi-platform solution, OpenOffice is a free, full-featured suite.
Note: Rosetta is *not* available on Lion. So you'll need to get Office 2011 to install on a Mac that already has Lion. [Someone above said that Office 2008 (if *already installed* under Snow Leopard) will work under Lion. I have no evidence about that, but if so - and if you've already installed Lion - don't waste money on Office 2008. Go directly to Office 2011: all the files you have from earlier version of Office should open fine (some might require re-saving in updated file formats).]
Brutal experience so far. After upgrading to Lion 10.7.4 and Word 2008 12.3.3, Word consistently crashes-and-closes or simply seizes in the eternal-rainbow-wheel-of-death after just few clicks. My whole workflow has come to a sudden halt and I haven't read enough clear evidence that Word 2011 will fix my problems. I wish, I wish, I wish I would've Time Machined my way to downgrading back to Snow Leopard.
Your Word documents are not inaccessible. There is a completely free "light" version of Microsoft Word which you can use to open, print and even do some light editing. It's at http://www.skydrive.com/ Office 2011 runs fine in Mac OS Lion, so I don't know why you think there would be a problem if you updated to Office 2011.
I never would have "upgraded" to Lion if I had known my thousands of Word documents going back to 2004 would become inaccessible. I have spent weeks trying to work around this problem. I bought Pages (a five step process to open a document, and a not very intuitive word processor and another five step process to send it as a Word document) and am disappointed. Now I find that even if I spend $120 for Office 2011 and install it on my Mac with Lion, I still have a problem. Uninstall Lion and reinstall Snow Leopard? Are you kidding? How about a $20 Rosetta app from Apple so I can read my last eight years of documents.
Same problem others are having. While I was traveling, I was recently upgraded in an Apple store to Lion, even though I told the technician I used Word for most of my documents. He did not ask if I had the 2004 version. Now I am feeling desperate as almost everything on my MacAir 2010 is in Word (2004) and nothing can be opened. I am no where near an Apple store where I live and need help. I am a writer and all my material is locked out for now. any advice would be helpful. Thanks. Alice B.
"...Pages won't open office documents either...[?]" Perhaps I misunderstood, but my version of iWork's 'Pages' opens all my 'Word' docs. 'Numbers' works pretty well with 'Excel' files, too (some reformatting may be involved). I write/publish text-books, as well as music transcriptions, so when I upgraded my iMac to Lion I was REALLY upset about the 'Office for Mac 2004' incompatibility - at first. But I've worked around it pretty well, both with 'Pages' and 'Mellel' (another pretty decent word processor). Plus, 'Pages' exports easily as PDF files, which is a real plus if you're in the business.
I also recently purchased a Macbook Pro with Lion (October 2011), and when I tried to install my Office 2004, it wasn't supported. I guess Lion still supports 2008, but not 2004 or earlier as someone pointed out. Sigh... I guess it's time to upgrade my MS Suite as well.
Apple Support said there wouldn't be a problem with installing the latest Office for Mac on Macbook Pro with Lion. [He said Office 2010 so I don't know if he meant to say 2011 or if he wanted me to install 2010] He spoke quickly and with confidence about "bits." I asked if he was talking about the "Power PC" issue (see below), and he said yes.
In an Apple article, on page http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.6/en/27987.html
it says: Normally, applications intended for Mac computers based on PowerPC processors don't work on Macs based on Intel processors. But if you install Rosetta, you can use applications intended for PowerPC-based Macs.
Still, I'd asked if I needed Rosetta and he said there would be no problem. Good luck.