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Microsoft Office 2008 is a suite of products that allow you to create fantastic looking documents-from dynamic presentations to stunning reports and engaging communications. It includes:
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Entourage
  • Microsoft Server Exchange Support
  • Automator Actions for Workflows in Microsoft Office
Check out the demonstration video with new features in Office 2008 for Mac.

What's New

Version 12.3.6:
  • This update fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security. It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code.


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Laine Member IconComment+41

Why does your listing for the update currently refer to is as 12.3.4 instead of 12.3.5?

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Version 12.3.4

Thanks for pointing that out Laine, I've updated our listing to reflect the proper version #.


Well, I'm glad you were able to interpret what I meant from what I typed. Thanks.

Mebear Member IconReview+10

I installed Office 2011 and hated it instantly - for a laptop, the banner takes up far too much screen space. Steve Balmer has decided that with office 2011 - YOU WILL FOLLOW ORDERS!. Office 2011 is a terrible product and I am glad that Office 2008 is still supported. It is not great - but what Microsoft product is? - However it is functional and I hope it remains so for a long time.

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Version 12.3.4
Kraftsims Member IconReview+10

Well, what does one say about "an industry standard?"

I only call it that as it seems ubiquitous as the defacto word processor. I have grown used to Word over the years and gotten comfortable with it. Not saying much though.

My primary usage came through work I did as an educator. I wrote papers, exams, published newsletters, articles, teaching notes, etc. Honestly, I got about as frustrated at the strange indentation (all would jump or never go, or so it seemed) and Word is simply not a test writing program. That was a bummer for me personally. Always a struggle with numbering, indentation, and so forth. There possibly could have been some training that might have resolved it, but I went to the manual and couldn't ever quite grasp those concepts.

When it comes to simple letter writing, it is more than sufficient. A bit bloated and slow, but nice for letters and notes.

The cost, though, is prohibitive. Ugh. Way too expensive. They keep adding features. Each update drove me nuts. They would change so much to only really keep most of the essentials the same, if that makes sense. Move things around, regroup, new menu orders, new looks, graphics, and all the autocorrects that I would try to stop, turn off, dismantle, then eventually learned to keep my styrofoam brick by the computer just in case....well, ok, that was a poor attempt at humor.

I am recommending Word if you have the money and are already familiar with it. I do believe Pages to be a better and more affordable option, at least for my needs.

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Version 12.3.3
Esekel Member IconComment+23

Is it possible to have Office 2008 and Office 2011 installed on the same Mac without any conflict? I bought Office 2011, but I want to revert to Office 2008, mainly due to the problems with Outlook (that replaces Entourage).

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Version 12.3.2

Yes, Office 2008 and Office 2011 should coexist on the same Mac with no conflicts or compatibility issues.. According to Microsoft, there will be some minor changes, such as MS Messenger being upgraded from version 7.x to version 8.x.

Otherwise, 2008 should work as it did before.

Filchescat Member IconReview+62

Is this supposed to be MicroSoft's update to make its apps work on Lion? Not being sarcastic - just want to know. MSWord seems to work a bit less buggy, however, it still will not save to NAS devices, as it did under 10.6. But . . . sometimes it will now (very unpredictable). Artifacts still appear within document margins and selected words and phrases often deselect themselves. Does anyone (or even MS) know if this is the official fix or is it just a bone MS tossed out to divert attention away from its broken suite of business apps for the Mac?

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Version 12.3.1

No, it isn't supported Lion.

ColemanH Member IconReview+69

This is something of a love letter which MS sends to me every time there's an update for Office:

"You cannot install Office 2008 - - - Update on this volume. A version of the software required to install this update was not found on this volume."

Never one to miss an opportunity to thank me for my loyal patronage, Microsoft again sent me this message while attempting to update to 12.3.1

I've never run any 'slimming down' sort of application, nor uninstalled any extraneous languages (I've read that these sorts of things can wreak havoc with MS updates); I know fully well that MS doesn't like its users to tweak its products (sadly, Apple is also moving in this totalitarian direction), so I am sure to behave myself.

An uninstall/reinstall, alas, put me back in Office 2008's good books - and I'm up to 12.3.1.

Now I shall sit back and await Office's next "thank you" letter . . .

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Version 12.3.1
Albabe Member IconReview+779

Best update I've ever installed for Word.

Word now starts up much faster... Opens files faster... Saves faster. I'm amazed and afraid to update to Office 11.

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Version 12.3.0

It seems I have a little Negative smilie button pusher following me around.

Espiridion Member IconComment+1147

Auto-update did not work for me, but the download from Macupdate worked fine albeit a bit slow during installation.
Excel, Word and PowerPoint were updated to 12.2.9. My copy of Entourage is 13.0.9 (Web Services Edition). It seems to have been updated as well.

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Version 12.2.9
Younkint Member IconComment+162

Office 2004 11.6.3 (April 12, 2011) fails to install, installer quitting after "searching for programs to update." Tried on five different machines, Intel and PPC. Tried AutoUpdate and direct download. Tried starting in safe boot. No dice - nothing works. Something wrong with this one.

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Version 12.2.9

Bad download to blame on all but one Intel machine...


@Nacho - We still use it (other versions, too) because it has TWAIN support for scanners, unlike 2008 ...and runs on PPC.


I get the same thing! I force quit and it says not responding.

Bobembry Member IconComment+64

Installation fails.

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Version 12.2.9

After a fresh restart I was able to update using the download from the Microsoft site. I was dated ~2/22/2011

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Version 12.3.6
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Version 12.2.8
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Version 12.2.8
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