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 just contacted Apple after installing Lion and finding out-to my dismay-that Office 2004 & earlier aren't supported (PowerPC based). The reviews of Office 2011 don't look like that version is stable. So, if I buy 2008, I actually have to uninstall Lion and re-install Snow Leopard? Apple's solution was to buy the upgrade of office or reinstall Snow Leopard-which they said was "very difficult". This is absolutely unacceptable! When I asked whether it was an oversight or intentional that PowerPC wasn't supported by Lion, I got "I don't know, I don't have communication with the developers". Pages won't open office documents either. So...given the choices, I am extraordinarily disappointed with Apple on this one and hope they will come up with a solution, upgrade or patch that works. In the meantime, Try downloading Neo Office for free. It works with Lion even though it is a very basic word processing system. Anybody at Apple listening?
2008 Seems to be working fine on Lion but I've had limited use as I've only installed Lion recently. I wonder if Microsoft will adopt some of the new features of Lion (Version saving, etc.) into Office 2011 with an update, if it will be a future version (Office 2014 or whatever) feature or if MS Office will ever support these system features.
What about those of us that HAVE to have Office for Word and Excel files from other PC computers or other, older versions of the Mac Offices? I have to bring work home, and we use PC's there. My old MacBook that had Office 2004 on it just recently needed replacing, and I bought a MacBook Pro that had Lion on it. When the Office 2004 was merged over to the new computer, I found out it won't work because of the Power PC thing. Now, I HAVE to find a solution very quickly to making my new computer work for me with the files I bring home. I just can't accept that Apple doesn't have an answer!! And Neo Office, or one of the other Office-like programs that others have told me about just won't work! I will buy Office 2008 if that will work best for me with Lion, or will buy 2011. Just as long as I can get it to work so I can get my work done!!
I would say that Apple Pages is a very different animal from Word. If you want word processing and page layout, it's fine and pretty elegant. If you need to work on documents that other people need to work on in Word, don't do it. You don't want to be trying to translate things back and forth.
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.
It isn't quite clear to me if Office 2008 for Mac will work on the new Mac Book Pros (summer 2011) with Lion. David, would you please say what Apple computer you installed your Office 2008 on? Thanks. Another issue is that the new Mac Book Pros come with Intel CPUs, will Office 2008 work with these Intel CPUs?
One more question, is anyone using Apple's Pages instead of MS Office? Would this be a reasonable substitute for MS Word? Thanks again.
I dumped Word for Pages and have never been sorry. Pages can import and export Word docs easily. But sometimes if odd fonts or odd graphics are used, there can be translation issues that need editing. The biggest issue for me is that Numbers just doesn't have enough compatibility with Excel to be able to replace it yet. So I only keep Office for Excel. But Pages and Keynote, IMHO, are far superior to Word and PowerPoint. And $20 from the App store, it's a no brainer to give them a try!