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Microsoft Office 2008 for Macintosh

MS Office 2008

Coming soon to an OS X near you, the latest installment of Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh. It has been four years since the last release of Office for the Mac and I’m honestly glad even just for an updated user interface. But Office 2008 does so much more, obviously.

What’s the deal with Microsoft releasing several editions of Office though? They’ve gone version happy with Vista and now MS Office as well? Why can’t they just release one, Microsoft Office 2008 “Really Good” edition? Is one office suite less productive than the other? Gee.

According to MacWorld, Office will be available in three versions: Office 2008 for Mac ($399.95; $239.95 upgrade), Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition ($149.95) and Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition ($499.95; $299.95 upgrade).

I’m not liking the way the Microsoft software division sees consumers. So does being an educator or student dictate how I’m going to use my computer all the time? This sort of degenerated access to software is actually limiting to consumers instead of allowing them to explore. If all the students need is a discount, then offer a special student promo, not a completely different version. What’s in the “special media” edition? More clip arts? Just offer it as an add on, or heck, offer the whole damn package in one REALLY GOOD edition. Stop with the scrimping.

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By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast and sitting Techbology Editor for The Philippine STAR.

He is also an EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

6 replies on “Microsoft Office 2008 for Macintosh”

Yeah I use open office myself. If Office 2008 is anything like the vistafied office my dad is using, I hate it already. It’s frustrating how it makes the most common things like line spacing a chore.

jovan, actually you’re right. i just want a replacement for microsoft word and maybe … just maybe … try out this version of entourage! 🙂

saying only one “good” version of office to be released is like saying there should only be one type of shampoo to be sold in the grocery racks. Lets just say they have a shampoo, that has anti-dundruff, conditioner, hot-oil, for dry, normal, oily hair rolled into one; and yet it does not work that way. eah shampoo has a different formula that reacts favorably to a certain type of hair.

but i digress, releasing different versions of office simply means they’re giving the end-users the flexibility of choosing what is appropriate for their use. after all, not everyone is as good with computers as you might think. one version’s interface might be a welcome sight to the others and yet look boring to hard core office suite users. hence the solution of different product ranges.

another analogy is like releasing 4 different types of XBOX’s

for the grand finale, i think open office is weak (for the moment), its not as robust as MS office (although im all for open source, i just love feisty fawn and the next version after that). and plese do take note the OS that the MAC is running on,its a different platform (much different really) from Microsoft Windows. MAC is more likened to Linux.

peace :@).

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