Lab director James Galbraith explains why Mac Pro and Power Mac G5 systems seemed ideal for our Microsoft Office 2008 testing.
In addition to introducing new features and enhancements, Office 2008 also marks the first time the productivity suite runs natively on Intel-based Macs. How much of a performance gain can you expect? Macworld Lab reports on how Office 2008 runs on Intel-powered machines as well as what PowerPC-based Mac users can anticipate from the new software.
Users have uncovered several installation-related issues with Office 2008 that, while not affecting everyday use, could result in security vulnerabilities.
If you’re outside of the corporate realm, and need a mail, calendar, and contact manager with lots of headroom and solid integration with the rest of the Office suite, Entourage provides a wealth of features that are deeper than Apple’s trio.
Whether you’re using PowerPoint by necessity or choice, the latest version’s new additions are useful, and produce attractive results. Unfortunately, Mac users still miss out on capabilities available to Windows users and the intuitive interface of Keynote.
Excel 2008’s major draw is its Intel- and PowerPC-native code; beyond that, though, there just aren’t that many new features, and, of the features that are new, none truly stand out.
As a word processor, little has changed in Word 2008. The elimination of VBA and weak support for AppleScript and Automator make the program far less versatile and valuable for users who really need automation. But the program’s streamlined interface and the addition of the new Publishing Layout view still make it a compelling choice.