I’m fortunate to be under the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Reviewer’s Program. This means that I get to play with the Mac Business Unit’s (MacBU) latest builds before they go retail, which should be sometime on 15th Jan 2008, at MacWorld Expo. I hope to go so I can interview the MacBU team there.
Funny thing is, even though I’m under NDA and embargo until that date, I don’t have to share anything specific about it that isn’t already public (yes, I’ve checked with their PR reps). Having installed and given it a few runs last night, it’s actually renewed my pride as a Mac user. No longer will we have to feel like second-class citizens in an office environment.
You see, not unlike Leopard, this is one upgrade which will give you tons of spanking new features, while performing much much faster on an Intel Mac. I can’t say much for now, but I can definitely agree with Microsoft’s early press release about Office 2008 having Mac-first and Mac-only capabilities.
Can’t wait and see?
Microsoft has a preview site where they show you videos of almost every key feature of the new Office for Mac. I said almost because there are still various nifty tricks up its sleeve which I’m sure plenty of my academic and designer friends would soon love about the completely redesigned Office 2008 for Mac.
If you know you already want it…
Then go for their Super Suite Deal. Basically if you buy any version of Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac (yes, even their el cheapo “Student and Teacher Edition”), they’ll send you Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition (a $500 value) for free (just pay shipping and handling). To make things simple, there will be three editions (see screenshot above), but the ultimate bundle is the Special Media Edition. Obviously, you’ll have till 14th January 2008 to decide.
I’m tempted to say it’s about time, but the MacBU team has done such a supreme job with this latest iteration of Office that it seems like a completely new product altogether. Dare I say this feels like the best version of Office I’ve used, on any operating system.
BTW, do you have any burning questions about Office 2008?
Drop a comment and I’ll provide answers on 15th Jan. If don’t have answers, I’ll find out.