Microsoft to End Support for Office 2008 for Mac on April 9

Thursday April 4, 2013 12:07 PM PDT by Juli Clover
officeformacMicrosoft today announced that it will end support for Office 2008 for Mac next Tuesday, on April 9.
Support for Office for Mac 2008 will end April 9th, 2013. View the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy for further details, such as the support dates for this product.
Microsoft recommends that affected users purchase an Office 365 subscription, which includes Office for Mac 2011 and future updates to the product. Office 365 costs $100 per year or $10 per month. Office 2011 can be purchased for $140 to $220.

Office for Mac 2008 updates will be available for download until April 19, 2014, but no new updates will be provided after April 9, 2013. The software will remain functional even though it will no longer be supported.

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20 months ago
They're still supporting Windows XP, and they won't support Office 2008? That's a shame on people who can't/won't update to the recent version.
Rating: 9 Votes
20 months ago

Never needed support for it anyway...


Read support to mean security fixes
Rating: 9 Votes
20 months ago

My wife has office for her Mac, but somehow I just cant do it. I have the apple office suit and for my home use it works perfectly. No MS or Google anything on my apples, thank you.


Why is that? Did they sleep with your wife, or run over your dog? Hell I am using a mac (instead of linux) BECAUSE it can run MS Office.
Rating: 9 Votes
20 months ago
I have nothing against Microsoft Office. I've used the Windows versions in school and they were extremely easy to use.

But Office 2008 for Mac is complete garbage, and using it is a nightmare in my opinion. For the Mac side Pages & Numbers is a much better alternative or better yet Google Docs.
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago
Okay... According to previous releases they are coming out with a new version every 3-4 years and it costs $140-200. That's at max 200/3 = $66.67 a year. Compared to Office 365 for $100 a year... How is this worth it?
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago
More predictable and narrow-minded views of MS Office rife with Apple fanaticism and inexperience in the real world. Office is what separates you "home" users from the rest of us in the enterprise and academia arenas. Keep your consumer crap like Pages and Numbers for garage sale fliers and those silly-assed home inventory lists. Those of us that need to exchange documents and interact with reality will continue to use the real thing.

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Thus, the point is that most of the rest of the world still uses Windows machines, and, in order to communicate competently and easily with that work world, some of us use - and have to use - Office for Mac. I do, and actually, professionally, it is a deal breaker for me, as every organisation and university I have ever worked for use hardly anything other than Windows. hence, Office for Mac will always be on my computer, irrespective of what else lives there.


^This
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago
My wife has office for her Mac, but somehow I just cant do it. I have the apple office suit and for my home use it works perfectly. No MS or Google anything on my apples, thank you.
Rating: 4 Votes
20 months ago

They're still supporting Windows XP, and they won't support Office 2008? That's a shame on people who can't/won't update to the recent version.


Well this isn't exactly a fair comparison. XP is an operating system which about 50% of business still use today. Office for Mac is in comparison a niche piece of software. Keep in mind Microsoft tried to pull support of XP until the industry had an uproar...
Rating: 4 Votes
20 months ago

Why is that? .........Hell I am using a mac (instead of linux) BECAUSE it can run MS Office.




I use office 2008 on my Dual G5 works well, but 2011 is much faster on my iMac. i Have to use office simply to avoid compatibility and format issues when submitting assignment work for university. Pages has messed up in the passed





As for your slightly more legitimate statement. I know of people that have a mac running MS office, chrome browser, dropbox, and a bunch of other stuff. That was the WinTel model not the Walled-off-Garden that is Apple. What is the point of getting an Apple if you are going to then not use the whole value proposition. At least for me it makes no sense. If I was going to do the mix and match and then fight with the integration model, I would get a cheap ass WinTel thing.



Here, with respect, I think the point is not that a great many people who post on this forum have Macs, prefer them, and really like the Mac OS, and its set of closed internally logical and nicely designed systems. On a forum such as this, that seems to be to be pretty much a given.

We know that Mac is good, but, and it is a big but, most of the world uses Windows, and our computers need to be able to talk to their computers without stuttering,

Thus, the point is that most of the rest of the world still uses Windows machines, and, in order to communicate competently and easily with that work world, some of us use - and have to use - Office for Mac. I do, and actually, professionally, it is a deal breaker for me, as every organisation and university I have ever worked for use hardly anything other than Windows. hence, Office for Mac will always be on my computer, irrespective of what else lives there.
Rating: 3 Votes
20 months ago


As for your slightly more legitimate statement. I know of people that have a mac running MS office, chrome browser, dropbox, and a bunch of other stuff. That was the WinTel model not the Walled-off-Garden that is Apple. What is the point of getting an Apple if you are going to then not use the whole value proposition. At least for me it makes no sense. If I was going to do the mix and match and then fight with the integration model, I would get a cheap ass WinTel thing.


Lucky for you that you only started using Apple recently. You would have been able to find no reason to use a Mac before Apple came up with this "walled-garden" approach. :rolleyes:

Thankfully a few of us could come up with plenty of other reasons to use a Mac back then. Even if it did require using services from other developers. :gasp:

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They're still supporting Windows XP, and they won't support Office 2008? That's a shame on people who can't/won't update to the recent version.


You are complaining that Microsoft is stopping support for a five year old product when Apple routinely drop features and support systems for hardware and OS that was released a couple of years ago?
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