Microsoft Office 2008
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Productivity suite; Office 2004 updates also available.   Updater ($399.95)
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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.
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • OS X 10.4.9 or later
  • Microsoft Office 2008 with Service Pack 2





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Laine commented on 15 Nov 2012
Why does your listing for the update currently refer to is as 12.3.4 instead of 12.3.5?
[Version 12.3.4]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 15 Nov 2012
Thanks for pointing that out Laine, I've updated our listing to reflect the proper version #.
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Laine replied on 16 Nov 2012
Well, I'm glad you were able to interpret what I meant from what I typed. Thanks.
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Mebear reviewed on 19 Sep 2012
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.
[Version 12.3.4]


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Kraftsims reviewed on 09 May 2012
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.
[Version 12.3.3]


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Esekel commented on 15 Dec 2011
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).
[Version 12.3.2]

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Demolition replied on 15 Dec 2011
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.
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Filchescat reviewed on 15 Sep 2011
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?
[Version 12.3.1]

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RavenNevermore replied on 18 Dec 2011
No, it isn't supported Lion.
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ColemanH reviewed on 14 Sep 2011
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 . . .
[Version 12.3.1]


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Albabe reviewed on 15 Jun 2011
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.
[Version 12.3.0]

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Leesa replied on 04 Oct 2011
It seems I have a little Negative smilie button pusher following me around.
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Espiridion commented on 13 Apr 2011
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.
[Version 12.2.9]


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Younkint commented on 12 Apr 2011
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.
[Version 12.2.9]

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Younkint replied on 12 Apr 2011
Bad download to blame on all but one Intel machine...
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Younkint replied on 16 Sep 2011
@Nacho - We still use it (other versions, too) because it has TWAIN support for scanners, unlike 2008 ...and runs on PPC.
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Pepper131 replied on 15 Nov 2012
I get the same thing! I force quit and it says not responding.
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Bobembry commented on 12 Apr 2011
Installation fails.
[Version 12.2.9]

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Bobembry replied on 14 Apr 2011
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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Scouse-Git had trouble on 09 Dec 2010
Despite running the update from the AutoUpdate app, none of the Office 2008 apps show version 12.2.8, and opening the AutoUpdate/manual download update says there's nothing to update.
[Version 12.2.8]

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Scouse-Git replied on 13 Dec 2010
Replying to my own post, as AutoUpdate has just run again and offered me the 12.2.8 update again. This time it works and has changed the version numbers!
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Espiridion had trouble on 25 Oct 2010
As an update, I got in touch with Microsoft. Their customer support was pretty good, but unfortunately they were unable to offer any solution. The development team is now aware of the bugs, which include the Entourage pictures bug, as well as the Auto Update bug mentioned by FIVEMINUTEMAC. I had noticed this under Leopard (10.5.8) using a PPC G5.

A poor workaround for the Entourage problem is to resize its window. This makes the "Download pictures" link appear. Unfortunately, it has to be done for every message and the link disappears again when switching to another message. This solution was not provided by Microsoft.
[Version 12.2.7]


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Pepper131 had trouble on 19 Oct 2010
Unable update to 11.6.2. Already have 11.6.1
Auto update says it downloads, and tried manual download still no luck. Any suggestions?
[Version 11.6.2]


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Younkint had trouble on 12 Oct 2010
Ran the 12.2.7 update today. All seemingly went well, but we are seeing an identical problem with Entourage on the two Macs we updated (new MacBook Pro and an old PPC QuickSilver).

We have the Entourage prefs set to NOT auto show images in emails unless the sender is in the address book. Normally, when one receives a non-address book email the "header" of the email will have a "Click here to download images" area. Unless you click that message, no images will be shown. After the 12.2.7 update, either the clickable message is totally gone, or is tremendously slow to appear. So far, about 80% of the time there is no way to show images with this security setting.

We will probably have to set the prefs to "Show images always" rather than the far more secure method we had been using. I consider this a security issue of great importance, so I hope there is a resolution quickly from Microsoft.
[Version 12.2.7]

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Espiridion replied on 13 Oct 2010
I'm sending a report to Microsoft right now. Hopefully they'll get this fixed soon. I have it set to NEVER download pictures, so this is annoying.
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Jstrait replied on 13 Oct 2010
I'm having the same issue. Wasn't sure at first. I will definitely report this. Here's hoping they yank this version.
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Gary30 replied on 13 Oct 2010
You gotta wonder how something so very basic and obvious as this was missed. Gee whiz am i looking forward to the Office 2011 product!
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Gary30 commented on 13 Oct 2010
After checking this 12.2.7 update out I decided to go back to 12.2.6. Since Microsoft splashes lots of files around you may be wondering how you might do this. In my case--and YMMV--I used a recent Time Machine backup and restored the entire Microsoft Office 2008 folder and all its contents and the /Library/Application Support/Microsoft folder and all its contents. Done and done. Now we shall wait and see what they put out as a fix and be a little more cautious!
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Eric-Woehler had trouble on 11 Aug 2010
No go, updater didn't work.

After 5 minutes of looking for files to update and no progress made, I killed the process. How hard can it be to update your own software? Updater was hanging, soaking up CPU, the fan was going wild and nothing was happening.. why do we bother with this sort of software ??
[Version 11.6.0]

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Remy commented on 13 Oct 2010
I find that I have to load the Office Programs before the updater will find them. It then tells me to quit them and the update then continues.
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Yazarim had trouble on 09 Jun 2010
Speaking out of education I could say that the situation here is ridiculous. But I would prefer to say that it is simply insulting (for the registered user).
Once more, no way to have the installer work. So I listen to suggestions here below and try the way of Microsoft AutoUpdate. Miracle! My Word (the only application I use) goes from 11.5.5 to 11.5.6.
So I went on trying to update to 5.7-.8-.9. Every time the updater said: ok, update successfully installed.
Do you think that now the version of my Word is 11.5.9? No way: it firmly stays and remains 11.5.6...
Should I weep or LOL?
[Version 11.5.9]


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Yazarim had trouble on 10 Mar 2010
After 11.5.5 there has been no way that these updaters found the software to upadte. But it is there, updated to 11.5.5. Ridiculous! I am not very happy with Pages (too bloated and in many cases totally impossibile to understand) and unfortunately have to go on converting Word files to Pages because of my job. What a disaster
[Version 11.5.8]


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Mtcobra had trouble on 09 Mar 2010
This upgrade appears to be for PPC only. It hangs on the “searching for programs to update” part, and requires a force quit on my Intel iMac.
[Version 11.5.8]

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Misha replied on 09 Mar 2010
Isn't all of Office 2004 a PowerPC app (not Universal Binary)?
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Mtcobra replied on 09 Mar 2010
Not so. I've had Microsoft Office 2004 on my Intel iMac for many years, and all of the previous upgrades have posted properly. This is the first that has failed. Although I have this suite of programs, I generally prefer to use the iWork programs. It is convenient, however, to have these when email attachments require them. The only part of Office 2004 I don't use is Entourage - it seems to cause more problems than it's worth.
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Misha replied on 09 Mar 2010
Right, PowerPC apps run fine on Intel Macs under Rosetta. But it's all just PowerPC code in Office 2004. (Office 2008 was the universal binary release that added full Intel support.)
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Mtcobra replied on 09 Mar 2010
You're right! I forgot all about Rosetta. Then I wonder why this upgrade won't? Thanks for keeping me straight! -MTC
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Misha replied on 09 Mar 2010
A restart usually fixes this.
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Sgginc replied on 09 Mar 2010
Same here.
Finally got it to update through Word's
Help menu.

ken
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Zincker had trouble on 01 Mar 2010
On my Mac Pro 2008 (2x2.8, 12GB Ram, OS X 10.6) Word, Excel and PowerPoint take 1-2 minutes to launch. No other app takes this long.

Any solutions?

Thanks.
[Version 12.2.3]

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Donmontalvo replied on 09 Mar 2010
Yes, Microsoft Office 2008 apps are incredibly slow to launch...very painful. More stable though, than in previous years.

Don
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Foxstrong commented on 09 Mar 2010
Try SSD. Almost all applications on my MBP launch within 3 seconds.
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Espiridion replied on 09 Mar 2010
For me the solution was to do a clean install of OS X (10.5.3) a while ago. Launching Office applications takes roughly 10 seconds, and from what I recall it used to take over a minute.
This helped not only with Office, but also with other applications that would not even launch under 10.5.
I also reduced the number of active fonts back then, but today I have around 200 active fonts. I did remove damaged/corrupted fonts.
Dual 2 GHz PPC, 10.5.8, 8GB RAM.
Hope this helps.
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Eric-Woehler had trouble on 10 Sep 2009
Major problems after upgrading to 10.6 Snow Leopard. Under 10.6, Word was unstable, crashing occasionally. Under 10.6.1, essentially unusable - hangs/crashes constantly. Have cleared font caches etc. no go. Tried to reinstall latest updater for Office (12.2) but was unable. What now?
[Version 12.2.1]



Hate_Mac_Update_Privacy_Policy rated on 20 Feb 2014

[Version 12.3.6]



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trungpt rated on 15 Nov 2013

[Version 12.3.6]



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Monkeyjunkey rated on 20 Jun 2013

[Version 12.3.6]



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Sir-Sixty-Nine rated on 09 May 2012

[Version 12.3.3]



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Monkeyjunkey rated on 14 Sep 2011

[Version 12.3.1]



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Egustavo rated on 25 Jan 2011

[Version 12.2.8]



Redskinsjedi rated on 22 Jan 2011

[Version 12.2.8]



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Megavolt17 rated on 10 Dec 2010

[Version 12.2.8]



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Matt3141 rated on 08 Dec 2010

[Version 12.2.8]


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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.


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