Pros I do not know of any yet.
Cons No Visual Basic
Summary The largest advantage that previous versions of Office had
for the power user was integration with Visual Basic via
VBA. It appears that this new release does not have VBA,
removing its major competitive advantage over the
Pros Much Improved Powerpoint
Cons Vastly inferior Excel to Office 2004
Summary As a heavy spreadsheet user and only mildly interested in producing flashy documents Office 2008 is a major letdown. In fact I can't see the point in 'upgrading' at all.
The only major improvements I can see are the Universal support for Intel processors and the changes made to Powerpoint. Although Office 2004 seems to run slower using OS X 10.5 "Lepoard" than 10.4 it doesn't matter a whole lot.
Improved Powerpoint features would be nice, but then I use Apple's Keynote for doing presentations as it is so much better than Powerpoint in Office 2004.
Better Word doesn't matter and although Exchange support is improved in Office 2008 I can get by with the Office 2004 version when using Entourage.
The biggest issue is the maddening and clearly stupid decision by Microsoft to kill VBA in Office 2008. Why is anyone's guess. But I can only assume that this is a response to the release of Numbers by Apple... a sort of 'I'll see you and raise you X' approach to business which does nothing to help customers. If Apple have their thinking caps on they will be looking at putting VBA support into the next version of Numbers.
By the time Microsoft gets around the releasing the next version of Office (if there is one) I expect that Numbers will have moved along a couple of versions and be able to provide some real competition to Excel (even better if VBA support is available in Numbers).
So I am prepared to wait. There is no point in me buying Office 2008 and I suspect any Office 2004 user who needs spreadsheets and VBA support will do the same.
Lets see what Apple can deliver in the next version of Numbers...
Pros None. Nada. Yuck.
Cons It is hard to describe how terrible this product is.
Summary Microsoft's products are always bloated and sketchy reliability while they continue to take your money. As a Word power-user I cannot begin to describe the joys of a program that looks this ugly, crashes so often (simple Replace function crashes documents!), and is missing so much basic functionality. Shame on Microsoft for selling such a crappy product.
horrible. untrustworthy. shameful. save your money, it won't do what you want anyway.
The only reason I'm typing these extra words is because this field requires at least 10 characters, and 'none.' only has 5.
Cons (1) On an Intel Mac, this 'native' application is slower than running Office 2004 (PowerPC) in emulation.
(2) New interface hides commonly used commands (e.g. font size, color, etc.)
(3) No VBA/Solver = less features in this 'upgrade'
Summary Slower, with less features, and poor usability . This is not an upgrade, but a downgrade from Excel 2004. I feel ripped-off and bitter, and this is worthy of a class-action lawsuit. I'm glad I didn't delete my old copy of Office 2004 before installing this.
Pros Of course, the potentiality of the features are good, but why not use NeoOffice, which is freeware. NeoOffice has 99.9% of the features of MS Office.
Cons Unreliable. Slow. Awkward.
Summary I continue to find that Microsoft Office is horribly unreliable. I have major deadlines and can only hold my breath that Office won't crash. If I set the automatic backups for 5 minutes, I end up not being able to work for an unbearably long period of time while it backs up. In addition, why have they changed the menus from a bar to the tops of documents? What's the point? Does it function better? I don't think so. Why don't they put their efforts into producing a tight, fast, and reliable product?
Office crashes far too often. And, the crashes occur during the most benign activities, like scrolling down a page or changing the insertion point. Maybe Microsoft gets away with their inferior products, because PC users are so used to problems.
We have a site license for this product. If I had to pay for it, I wouldn't. In fact, it's such an awful product, I may just use NeoOffice. It's free (unless you wish to donate something), has 99.9% of Word's features, has some features Word doesn't have, and it is much more reliable.