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Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac was a version of the Microsoft Office suite that was developed by Microsoft and released for Mac OS X in January 2008. Though based on Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows, some features are notably different or missing. Office 2008 is a universal binary that supports PowerPC and 32-bit Intel processors.[1]


Development and release[]

Office 2008 was originally scheduled to be released in Fall 2007, but was delayed due to quality control issues and challenges stemming from Apple's transition to Intel processors.[2][3] It was released on January 15, 2008 at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.[4][5] However, support for Visual Basic macros was not ported until Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, released in 2010.[6]


Office 2008 for Mac was available in three editions, all of which included Word 2008, Excel 2008, PowerPoint 2008, and Entourage 2008.

  • Home and Student Edition, available through retail for $149.95 with support for up to 3 user installations.
  • Standard Edition, available through retail for $399.95. Includes Microsoft Server Exchange support and Automator Actions for Workflows in Microsoft Office.
  • Special Media Edition, available through retail for $499.95. Includes Standard Edition contents plus Microsoft Expression Media asset management software.[7]
  • Business Edition, replaced the Standard and Special Media Editions in September 2009 for $399.95, or for $239.95 as an upgrade. Newly added or updated software included Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition and Document Connection for Mac.[8][9]

System requirements[]

End of support[]

Microsoft ended support for Office 2008 on April 9, 2013.[11]



  1. Office 2008 for Mac Arriving Today by David Nagel, Redmond Channel Partner. 2008-01-15.
  2. Microsoft pushes back Office 2008 for Mac until January by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica. 2007-08-01.
  3. Microsoft Office 08 pushed back to Macworld 2008 because it sucks. by Michael, Apple Gazette. 2007-08-02.
  4. Microsoft details Office 2008 for Mac pricing by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld. 2007-09-24.
  5. Live from Macworld 2008: Steve Jobs keynote by Ryan Block, Engadget. 2008-01-15.
  6. Office 2008 for MAC cannot run Visual Basic macros or load add-ins that contain Visual Basic macros by Bob Greenblat, Microsoft Community. 2012-10-23.
  7. Office 2008 for Mac Editions, Microsoft. Archived 2008-02-10.
  8. The MacBU Means Business (Edition)!, Microsoft. 2009-09-15. Archived 2009-09-22.
  9. Microsoft Begins Shipping Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition by Eric Slivka, MacRumors. 2009-09-15.
  10. System Requirements for Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, Microsoft. Archived 2008-02-15.
  11. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac follows the Fixed Lifecycle Policy., Microsoft Docs. 2013-04-09.

See also[]

  • iWork '08, a competing productivity suite from Apple.

External links[]

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