Where can I get Microsoft Suite for MAC 2004?

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    Jul 22, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    So I had Microsoft Suite for MAC 2000 edition (Excel, Word, etc.) then it just stopped working. I figure I should upgrade to 2004 (since reviews for 2008 are that it's awful).

    But I can't find 2004 for MAC in stores and online it seems a bit expensive for this outdated program. I'm looking for the student edition, although I am technically not a student. I just don't understand paying $250 for something that I've been using all my life lol.
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    Jul 22, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    OpenOffice is free and is better than the latest incarnation of MS Office. Plus, it has Mac compatible database software and MS doesn't have Access.
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    Jul 22, 2010 9:02 PM GMT
    There's also iWork for Mac, which is significantly cheaper than Microsoft Office. It has Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, which are equivalent to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can export your files to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or a PDF. I used that and Thunderbird for Mail (similar to Outlook) and iCalendar. Work gave me Office for Mac for free so I use that now although I still wind up doing things in iWork and exporting it. I've also used OpenOffice, which was pretty good.
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    Jul 22, 2010 11:50 PM GMT
    Thanks guys but I'm not looking for a Microsoft substitute. And if I find one, can I even open up word and excel documents in these files? I don't want to start all over and re-enter so much data. That's a pain.
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    Jul 23, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    Yeah, you can open any Office file in OpenOffice or iWork.

    And then, of course, you could get a used copy of MS Office 2004 on Amazon for $30.
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    Jul 23, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    This all depends on what version of the Macintosh Operating System you are using. If you have Mac OS 9.x or lower your best (and only bet) is to find something such as Apple/ClarisWorks for your specific operating system.

    Microsoft Office 98 & 2001 were both specifically designed for the Macintosh Classic Series of Operating Systems.

    Microsoft Office 2004 is the most familiar and frequently used of the OS X Office products. However, Apple iWork is a much more stable and well written program and is PC and Mac Microsoft Office compatible.

    And as others have said, if you'd like to upgrade to Office 2004 check eBay, Amazon, and related sites.

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    Jul 23, 2010 12:59 AM GMT
    Office 2004 really really hated my copy of Snow Leopard and Rosetta.

    OpenOffice is pretty good at opening and saving in MS formats. The only reason to use 2004 is if you really need macros, in which case you're far better off installing Parallels/Windows/the PC version of Office.
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    Jul 23, 2010 7:13 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidYeah, you can open any Office file in OpenOffice or iWork.

    And then, of course, you could get a used copy of MS Office 2004 on Amazon for $30.


    INTERESTING!

    Wait, let me ask again because this seems so simple I can't believe it.

    So you're saying, if I get iWork, I can open up ANY Microsoft Excel or Word spreadsheet in an iWork platform and it transfers without any problems? I'm assuming Numbers opens up Excel. But what opens up Word?

    It REALLY looks like PC has gone down the shittier. Microsoft suite was the last of it's kind. I mean shit I was learning on it in college. But now it's becoming obsolete now too?
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    Jul 23, 2010 9:24 AM GMT
    Just download OpenOffice and give it a go. It is free and will take three minutes to install.
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    Jul 23, 2010 11:54 AM GMT
    JB82 said So you're saying, if I get iWork, I can open up ANY Microsoft Excel or Word spreadsheet in an iWork platform and it transfers without any problems? I'm assuming Numbers opens up Excel. But what opens up Word?


    Pages opens Word documents in Mac. You can get a free 30-day trial of iWork if you want to see what it's like. It's $79 to purchase. The features are different from MS Office, so there is a learning curve. Formulas are created differently, for example. I really prefer iWork to Office but most of my co-workers use Microsoft products.

    There's also Google Docs. I haven't used Google Docs yet but attended an online orientation yesterday and it seems to be able to do a lot of what Office does.
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    Jul 23, 2010 12:41 PM GMT
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    MunchingZombie saidYeah, you can open any Office file in OpenOffice or iWork.

    And then, of course, you could get a used copy of MS Office 2004 on Amazon for $30.


    INTERESTING!

    Wait, let me ask again because this seems so simple I can't believe it.

    So you're saying, if I get iWork, I can open up ANY Microsoft Excel or Word spreadsheet in an iWork platform and it transfers without any problems? I'm assuming Numbers opens up Excel. But what opens up Word?

    It REALLY looks like PC has gone down the shittier. Microsoft suite was the last of it's kind. I mean shit I was learning on it in college. But now it's becoming obsolete now too?



    No, you can't open any. iWork won't open some of the early versions of Word or Excel but it will open documents created by the Office apps that have been released in the last decade. Also Numbers doesn't recognize Excel VB scripts (To be fair MS Removed this in the most recent Office for the Mac as well) and pivot tables won't transfer either.
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    Jul 24, 2010 5:22 AM GMT
    Thanks guys. I bought iWork '09 for $80 from the Mac store, same price as trying to find Microsoft '04 for students on sale online. So far it's opened up my important documents that I regularly visit. I'll be systematically going through them to make sure all is smoothly, but so far this transition is ostensibly simple...I'm waiting for something awful to happen. Nothing is usually this easy for me.
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    Jul 24, 2010 11:43 AM GMT
    JB82 saidThanks guys. I bought iWork '09 for $80 from the Mac store, same price as trying to find Microsoft '04 for students on sale online. So far it's opened up my important documents that I regularly visit. I'll be systematically going through them to make sure all is smoothly, but so far this transition is ostensibly simple...I'm waiting for something awful to happen. Nothing is usually this easy for me.


    You're welcome. I think you'll find it's easier to use than Office. I hate that I had to switch back to Office for work and still wind up doing things in iWork and exporting the documents. If you do share documents, sometimes they look a little weird when someone opens them in Word or Excel. If someone only needs to edit the document, I'll save it as a PDF and send it that way. Do they have classes at your Mac store? That can help with the learning curve. Feel free to e-mail me if you have questions on how to do stuff in iWork. I've been using it for over a year now.