Microsoft makes Office 2008 for Mac available

By Justin Mann on January 14, 2008, 8:32 PM
For mixed-hardware offices or just plains Office fans on a Mac, Microsoft has crafted a release of Office 2008 for the Mac. For those who just need a functional office suite and don't much feel like using the “alternatives”, it could be exactly what they need. For businesses, however, particularly those who rely on Microsoft's VBA for office productivity, it isn't the answer. In this release of Office, Microsoft has stripped VBA out, taking with it a good chunk of the reason for using Office in the first place.

Ultimately, however, Microsoft plans to abandon VBA altogether. This has caused upset among some, but given the unending amount of security flaws that focus around VBA it is probably not a bad idea. Interestingly, there are plans for the OpenOffice project to include some form of compatbility with VBA.

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sngx1275 said:
Quick & Dirty google search indicates NeoOffice has supported VBA on OSX for about a year.
canadian said:
Sorry, what is VBA?
Julio said:
Despite of what you hear out there, it's quite hard for a Windows user to completely switch to the Mac, not necessarily because of the OS but because you are forced to use alternative programs in one single slap. In my case I'm yet to find definitive replacements for a number of programs I use in Windows (and as such Vista remains my preferred platform for everything but gaming), but I always tend to hear from both switchers and hardcore Mac users that Office and especially Entourage still has no replacement.
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