Top positive review
21 of 22 people found this helpful
Much better than most Mac users will rate it at
on February 6, 2009
Not sure I'd recommend Entourage per se, although I personally haven't had tons of experience with it. I'm primarily a Word and Excel user. I'll just limit my comments to Word here. Firstly, most Mac users will toast MS Word, but it's by far the most powerful word processor available on the Mac; most Mac users just don't know how to use Word. But the trick is that Word is not as simple to use as, say, Pages. So, you have a lot of power, more features, but it requires some learning. I personally prefer this version of Office to the 2007 version for the PC, since almost everything is customizable on it, like toolbars and menus! Sure the pallets are ugly, but if you learn the hotkeys or customize some, then you can turn all those bars off anyway. I love to open a window without any toolbars at all. It's so clean, like Pages full screen but you can open any number of windows of the same document and have it any size. The trick is to use Isolator and Menu Eclipse so that there is nothing to distract you from your writing task. The one thing I loath about Word 2008 is the Print Layout view and those hideous bars you can't get rid of at the top. But Draft and Outine are all most users will need. Apparently 08 was pretty flakey before SP1. So, be sure to get all the updates. I think they've fixed a lot of glitches. Finally, Office 08 doesn't play well with Spaces, and they blame it on Apple. Also, MS doesn't integrate office very well into OS X; so, for instance, there is no integration with services. In any case, despite it's these drawbacks, I'd say Office 08 is the best you're going to get at least for Word processing. I think Excel is still far superior to Numbers, although Keynote is legendary. If you need a full powered Word and Spreadsheet program for the Mac this is it, if your needs are more casual, then I'd say get iWork 09 instead.