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February 8, 2008 / Toby Dayton

Microsoft Office 2008 – DON’T UPGRADE!

office-2008.jpgI am somewhat of a freak about having the latest versions of software, including all the updates and patches that areĀ  released between major upgrades and version releases. VersionTracker Pro is one of my favorite applications/services of all time. So when Microsoft releasedĀ  its long-awaited upgrade to Office 2004 for the Mac, I naturally bought the upgrade and installed it. What a disaster!!!!!

This is one of the worst applications I have ever seen in my entire life. I use Excel a ton, and am pretty fluent in much of the application. While there are some things I’d love to change about Excel, I am pretty happy with it and was hoping to only see some modest improvements and some much-needed tweaks to certain areas. Instead, they completely overhauled the application for apparently the only purpose of making large but unnecessary and superfluous changes in the user-interface and navigational areas of the application. There is a little bit of added functionality and some needed improvements to certain aspects of the application, but leveraging them is far from intuitive, and the sacrifices in other aspects are massive. Microsoft has turned a very good application (B+/A-) into an absolute abomination (D-). It is totally unusable and after a painful week, I have uninstalled Office 2008 and reinstalled Office 2004 (downgrading is something I have never in my life done before). I will also begin paying much more attention to Apple’s Numbers (which is basically Excel Light, but maybe worth reexamining), and some other opensource applications that are out there. If you like and are relatively satisfied with Office 2004, DO NOT UPGRADE TO OFFICE 2008!!!!

One Comment

  1. Erica DeWolf / Feb 17 2008 1:59 am

    Wow, what a disaster! Thanks for the heads up! I’ll look out for it.

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