"Unimpressive"2.0 starson by Joe M
Pros: Long list of features.
Cons: Sluggish, poor OS integration, compatibility problems with other Office versions.
Summary: I bought Office:mac 2008 Home and Student Edition because I use Office on a PC at work, and I figured it was the best way to assure compatibility between home and job. If I had it to do over again though, I would not.12.1.7 update won't install. Says product to which it applies is not found. That's it. I'm done. Bye bye Office...
The applications are sluggish and clunky. Integration with the operating system is inconsistent, and not all the menus and dialogs are very ?Mac-like.? Even after installation of the Service Pack and numerous (large) updates and patches, Office:mac 2008 seems like a beta release.
Aside from the much-complained-about omission of VBA, there are numerous other incompatibilities with Windows versions of Office, and older Mac versions, that are not as well-known, but possibly even more problematic. Look at some of them here: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/help.mspx?MODE=pv&CTT=PageView&clr=99-0-0&target=a6423962-3417-4974-b489-479794e52dcd1033
In short, even though I use Office at my job, even though I?ve used Office for years, and even though I?ve already spent money on Office:mac 2008, I now use Apple?s own iWork 2008 on my Mac and am much happier with it. I manage to share files and data with everyone I need to, and no one knows (or cares) what software I?m using to do it.
Updated on Apr 26, 2009