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    Default office mac 2008 vs 2011

    hi all i am newish to macs, well I have a 1 year old Macbook Pro and wish i had to searched for this kind of forum last year when i was brand new to macs but better late than never....

    anyways I've just received an email from apple saying there is a new office mac 2011... i currently have the office student/home version 2008.... can any expects advise me to whether it is worth paying for the upgrade? If so is there an upgrade I can purchase or do I have to purchase the new model? and should I buy online or go into a store and buy it so I can have a hard copy of the program incase of something going majority wrong with my mac.

    Also I'm keen to buy an iPad for uni next year and want to depart of my massive toshiba still under warrenty and my acer aspire one... besides ebay are there any places that would give me some amount of cash for it.. if not what is the best way to throw away in the garbage, do I have to smash it so make sure noone can steal the information on it?

    thanks everyone

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    Buy online today from the Apple store. It is discounted and shipped to you as a hard copy with free fast postage. Follow the link above this thread that says ''Wrap it up''. It is the link to the Apple Store only difference is that MacTalk get a cut of what you pay because they recommended you.

    The difference is so big. Really necessary update, until Pages '11 atleast.
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    If you're a student, you can get an academic version of Office 2011 for $99.

    Office for Mac Academic Discount | Office For Mac

    I'm waiting for Office 2011 shows up on the Home Use Program before I upgrade. It's $15...

    As for your old lappy, format and re-install Windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samuelowens View Post
    I'm waiting for Office 2011 shows up on the Home Use Program before I upgrade. It's $15...
    Me too asked them when and was told around January. I only use office products like a couple of times a month. Hope the new version is faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davemc View Post
    Me too asked them when and was told around January. I only use office products like a couple of times a month. Hope the new version is faster.
    From the little I have used it, it does seem faster. I haven't moved over completely because there is no Endnote integration in Word 2011 yet. I really need to find a better reference manager, maybe I will give Bookends a go
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    forgive my ignorance but what is the Home Use program??

    I have 2008 Student edition but would like 2011?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheKeddi View Post
    forgive my ignorance but what is the Home Use program??

    I have 2008 Student edition but would like 2011?
    If you work at certain companies, MS will allow you to buy a licence to use Office cheaply (presumably on the basis that if you're at work, you can't be at home using your licence).

    Microsoft Home Use Program - Only $15.00 for Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. The software suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access and more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by samuelowens View Post
    If you work at certain companies, MS will allow you to buy a licence to use Office cheaply (presumably on the basis that if you're at work, you can't be at home using your licence).
    I got both, and I'm also waiting for the 2011 release. $15 is a damn good price for a home program

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    If you've used Office 2007/2010 on a PC then you'll feel much more at home in 2011 than in 2008. I personally find that 2011 has much much MUCH better compatibility with Office PC such as finally getting the decent equation editor instead of just showing squares whenever someone sent me a PC document with equations in them!

    I find the ribbon interface much nicer and easier to use on a small screen (13") than the inspector like window before which had me digging around it looking for options. That's one of the reasons I don't like Pages that much.

    It has some other cool new stuff like Full screen editing and of course shiny new themes/smart art/graphs/tables.

    If you can afford it, it's worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davemc View Post
    Me too asked them when and was told around January. I only use office products like a couple of times a month. Hope the new version is faster.
    Likewise... even though I've retired, they haven't canned my email (odd, but they all think I'll go back!) so I will still be able to get it.

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