"Reminds me why I support Apple"1.5 starson by shoutj74
Pros: ...umm...looks a bit better
Cons: ....crashes like it's on a Windows OS
Summary: I purchased Office 2008 as I consider myself an advanced user of productivity software and wanted to have access to the latest suite.
In support of Office 2008, it looks like Mac software and is not so different to office 2004 that it leaves you intimidated and confused as to what happened. I like the 3 user license available as well, which means if I go to a Intel Mac I don't need to buy Office 2008 all over again.
The negatives are numerous though. Whilst I appreciate that on a G5 iMac I might not own the best platform to run 2008, it is markedly slower to Office 2004 in everything it does; from starting up, to simply moving between sheets in Excel or e-mail messages in Entourage. Like others I cannot register the product, there a bugs all over the place and best of all, unlike any other Apple software on my iMac, it crashes all over the place. Ask it to do anything even vaguely taxing, such as deleting multiple files and down it goes, just like the bad old days when I used to be a PC user. My biggest concern is that it is so bad, that sales should be so low, that they wont do much to fix it for months. Like XP Service Pack 2, I expect the fixes will warrant a 200MB+ download.
They should also make it clearer that all default save formats are incompatible with any other software. I note on Mactopia they have at least started to list the known errors. At AU$229 the problems are bearable, just, but if you brought the full product at AU$600+ I would be absolutely disgusted at the issues. If you can wait - do. There has to be an Office 2008.1 coming along soon....please!