Microsoft Office is collectively referred to as an office suite, for the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. Microsoft Office for Mac was introduced for Macintosh in 1989, While first Windows version was released in 1990. Office 2008 for Mac was developed by Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit and released on January 15, 2008. Office 2008 for Mac includes the same core programs currently included with Office 2004 for Mac: Entourage, Excel, PowerPoint and Word. Office 2008 Mac version also supports the new Office Open XML format, and defaults to saving all files in this format. But Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications is not supported in this version. This means it is impossible to use macros programmed in VBA. Benchmarks reports indicates that the original release of Office 2008 runs slower on Macs with PowerPC processors, and does not provide a significant speed bump for Macs with Intel processors.
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac is available in three editions. All three editions include Entourage, Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
- Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition (without Exchange Server support or Automator Actions)
- Office 2008 for Mac Standard Edition (adds Microsoft Exchange support)
- Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition (Microsoft Exchange support and Expression Media)
MacTopia Now offers free 30 day trial download in the U.S. today, and will be adding more countries to the list in the future. Here is the official blog announcement “ Why now? While we decided to ship Office 2008 without a trial, and have been heads-down working on the next version of Office for the Mac, many of you rightly demanded the option of kicking the tires and trusting yourself to decide whether Office 2008 was right for you. For those of you with more questions.”
If you haven’t gotten around to trying Office 2008, download the trial today. I think you’ll like what you find.