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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008 Apps
Perhaps someone has already noted this, but Microsoft lists (in the Help file) a number of known issues with Office 2008. Some of them are fairly significant, and may explain some troubles you may be having with Office 2008.

You can read the full list of issues on Microsoft's support site, where they have a page of known issues for each program: WordExcelPowerPointEntourage

Finally, I uncovered one more issue while posting this hint -- the Help window can become unresponsive or just disappear all together while trying to clip out known issues!

[robg adds: As submitted, this hint listed every known issue in every Office 2008 application. I replaced the long list with the four links above in order to shorten the hint (there are a lot of issues across the four apps). While many of the issues are minor, some are not. In Word, for instance, you can't see equations created in Word 2007 for Windows. In PowerPoint, it's possible to open the same presentation in both PowerPoint 2004 and 2008, and have both open as fully writable! Finally, if you use (or are trying to use) AppleScript and Automator in Office 2008, one final known issue will affect you: "Running Automator workflows and AppleScripts from the Office script menu is not currently supported under Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard)."]
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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: Kar98 on Jan 25, '08 07:47:02AM

Is "Office 2008 apps start and run even slower than 2004 apps, even though they don't have to run under Rosetta anymore" on the list?



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: azguy on Jan 25, '08 08:03:10AM

A-freakin'-men.

What a joke that is.



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These are just the problems M$ admits to...
Authored by: designr on Jan 25, '08 07:49:00AM

What about all the Exchange features promised for Entourage 2004 that still have not been implemented in E-Rage 2008?



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: dzurn on Jan 25, '08 08:02:59AM

As reported on since last year, the biggest problem (and 100% deal-breaker for us) is the lack of *any* VBA support for Excel in Mac Office 2008.

So there will never be any cross-platform scripting solution: Macs would have to use AppleScript/Automator, while Windows users can still use VBA. Try to share your AppleScripted spreadsheets with PC users? Nope. Use the VBA spreadsheets on your Mac? Nope. Only alternative is develop *TWO* entirely different scripting solutions.

Any of your company's critical spreadsheets that use VBA? Sorry, Mac users, no way to use them (except running Parallels/WinXP/Office2007 on Windows).

This alone pretty much renders Mac Office 2008 as *NSFW* (Not Safe For Productive Work).

Why can't MS instead use something like JavaScript? It works great for InDesign and Acrobat, and Adobe even includes *three* scripting options: AppleScript, JavaScript, and Visual Basic. Cross-platform scripting CAN be made to work, if you want to.

OpenOffice/NeoOffice is promising VBA support soon, amazing how they can offer it but MS can't, with all their professional MacBU developers.

[sarcasm]
But you do get nice Gallery eye-candy, so Mac Office 2008 is not a total loss!
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VBA
Authored by: Kerberos on Jan 25, '08 11:01:30AM

Issues with Microsoft Office, whatever version, is the norm. But the loss of VBA support makes Office 2008 unusable for me and no doubt many others in the Mac-based publishing industry whose productivity relies on myriad macros to prep manuscripts, edit them, and code them for typesetting.



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: macnixer on Jan 26, '08 09:11:01AM

Why bother so much about x-plat scripting. Frankly I see no good reason to use Excel anymore. I prefer NeoOffice and the "Spreadsheet" is cool, has options for NeoOffice Basic (compatible with Microsaft Office), Python and JavaScript (compatible with OpenOffice). the only difference with Office and Neo is Entourage. I prefer Mail (I know it has shortcomings, I like to read and write mail, with good spotlight searches and Mail.app is perfect for it). iCal does my job for calendars and Addressbook is perfect for all my needs to keep my phone numbers synced with my Moto Rizr, and all everything related to contacts.

Frankly if I were to spend about $300 (either up or down), I would give it to the NeoOffice folks and you bet they could use the money to produce better software and make it available free to all. Wot say you all?



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Quitting Word
Authored by: Mike Perry on Jan 25, '08 08:16:44AM

Word also has an issue with quitting, apparently when it tries to write the Normal file that saves defaults. MacFixit has described it in more detail. Installed on my iMac, it pops off a bug report to Microsoft every time I quit and sometimes gets lost in a spinning rainbow wheel and has to be force quit.

Installed on my MacBook under the three installations license, it works fine. I've tried every fix for the iMac's problems I could find to no avail. I suspect it's related to the fact that on my iMac, the demo version of Word 2004 loaded several times, creating the files Word creates when it first runs. On my MacBook that demo version of Word was never run, so those files didn't exist. Microsoft seems to know that an older application can cause problems, but their deinstallation portion of the new installation apparently doesn't clean out everything it should.

Starting Word seems to go OK, and in the few days I've used it, I've had no problem editing and saving files using the new and much more attractive interface. Just be advised that Word loads much more slowly than Excel and Powerpoint. Very slowly.

The main problem with packaging and releasing applications as a suite is that, given the nature of deadlines, in any suite there's going to be one "runt" in the litter, one application that was most buggy and least ready when the release date arrived. Unfortunately, for Office 2008, that application seems to be the most used one, Word.



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: rhowell on Jan 25, '08 09:21:19AM
Apparently Office 2008 also installs all files as being owned by UID 502, whether such a user exists or not on your system. If UID 502 does exist, and is not an admin, then they have privileges for all things Office-related.

More here:

http://brunerd.com/blog/2008/01/21/office-2008-502-and-you/

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Endnote?
Authored by: wgscott on Jan 25, '08 09:22:34AM

Can anyone comment on EndNote compatibility?

For many people (like me), the main reason to get Word is EndNote. (The main reason to get EndNote is Word, and sadly with collaborators, I haven't been able to break free of the cycle.)



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Endnote?
Authored by: baokhangnn on Jan 25, '08 10:21:50AM
Nope!

Endnote X1 (or any current version) does not work with Word 2008 as it relies heavily on VBA. They are going to re-writing EndNote using applescript for Word 2008 but who knows when that will be released.

http://www.endnote.com/support/en_wpchart_mac.asp

Conspiracy theory? MS is trying to kill the Mac, or keep it out of the business space.




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Additional Word 2008 Issue
Authored by: jhersco on Jan 25, '08 09:46:34AM

Add to the list:

Word doesn't remember the size and position of the last open window. Open a Word doc. Move it to your preferred location on the screen and resize the window. Close it. Reopen it and all is forgotten. The document returns to its default size and position.



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Additional Word 2008 Issue
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Jan 25, '08 09:57:24PM

If Office 2008's menus are anything like Office 2004 and earlier, you might try Format -> Document -> Default, and see if that works to put new Word windows where you want them.



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: crouchingtiger on Jan 25, '08 10:28:03AM
Those lists are non-exhaustive. There are myriad other issues. Issues I have discovered to date (using microcrap office for less than a week): Word:
  • Bulleted items do not always honor the paragraph formatting settings.
  • clicking on a window does not activate the window, only clicking at the top of the window does.
  • Only first paragraph selected in an address is used in envelopes.
  • Does not always display contents of a table cell correctly. It is rendered invisible in one of my templates
Entourage:
  • Mailboxes do not update if they are selected. I have a rule that transfers messages from the inbox to other boxes. If I have one of the other boxes selected, it is not updated to reflect new transfers.


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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: crouchingtiger on Jan 25, '08 11:13:20AM

In Word, form fields do not accept font formatting.



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: ecbtln on Jan 25, '08 10:47:56AM

Spaces compatibility got worse from 04 to 08
No background scrolling
The print preview isn't uniform with leopard



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 25, '08 03:19:21PM
Those last two aren't new. I'm guessing (I still have Office 04) that they also insist in having their own special dialog boxes that have an "add extension" checkbox instead of a standard "hide extension" checkbox.
On the other hand, I kind of like the Word print dialog box over the Leopard one because of the page range field, and non-Leopard users will still get a live print preview.

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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: spendicus on Jan 25, '08 11:34:45AM

There appears to be a clipboard-related bug when copying/pasting from Word 2008 to Dreamweaver CS3.



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: khyros on Jan 25, '08 05:15:03PM

Another issue with Excel is that you can't create custom error bars. The UI element to select the custom ranges is simply gone !! That's absolutely unacceptable for scientific work!!!!



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: digitol on Jan 25, '08 11:38:29PM

Wow. This is truly pathetic. I mean I understand that the .DOC is pretty much a standard...and Word & PowerPoint are wildly popular if not the defacto standard for business...but hell! Look at the price you pay for software which doesn't even work. COMPLACENCY SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTABLE! If I could just get one person to use an alternative or simply use Freeware alternatives/clones like NeoOffice or ThinkFree or OpenOffice..that would be a start.



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: wgscott on Jan 26, '08 09:14:44AM

Well, somebody has to buy it, or we'll never get these lists of incompatibilities which, in my case at least, helped a lot. I will hang on to my clunky old Word X, which works with EndNote, and opens most of the dumb attachments I get from people too lazy or stupid to generate a pdf.

Apple should collaborate with the makers of EndNote or BookEnds or someone to integrate bibliographic software with Pages.



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QuickLook/TextEdit for docx [was: A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008]
Authored by: bauldrywc on Jan 26, '08 09:52:17AM

A bit off topic and really just a bit of amusement, but...

Most administrators at our school have their (completely text based!) memos emailed to faculty/staff as Word attachments. These attachments are now showing up in docx format. For me, the recalcitrant MacNut, I won't get Word to see their memos and I've given up trying to convince the admins and assistants that sending text as docx is wasting bandwidth and offering a macro-virus vector to everyone.

So, how do I view these "important" documents - QuickLook does just fine with docx, and if a print is needed, then TextEdit handles it adequately.

Bill



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QuickLook/TextEdit for docx [was: A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008]
Authored by: wgscott on Jan 26, '08 07:26:13PM

Our administration does the same thing. But when the revolution comes, and the faculty take back the university and hang the last administrator with a Microsoft Itellimouse, we can then communicate via ascii text or at worst, pdfs.



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: alfordsteven on Jan 26, '08 02:55:26PM

Word 2008 is incompatible with Spaces.The worst problem is that the file just disappears sometimes, and when it doesn't disappear, the cursor blink will disappear, giving the user no indication of where he/she is in the document. To continue to work with the file, one has to exit Word, re-boot the application, and open the file again. As a work around, I tried re-assigning Word to space one (which it seemed to move files to sometimes, whether I wanted it to or not; it was assigned to space two of four), and reboot the computer. It didn't help.



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: mmnw on May 20, '09 03:10:36PM
If you ask microsoft, Spaces is incompatible with Office ;)
They claim it's Apples problem and (also they don't say it out loud) Apple is unwilling to fix it. Seems like no one wants to take the blame ...

See here:

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/help.mspx?target=c3f299e3-aa15-40f4-b3cc-1a6e9eb38cf81033&clr=99-4-0&ep=11&CTT=Category&MODE=pv&locale=en-US&usid=0f7ed450-1b63-4b7e-9733-146430521c0b

or lengthy technical explanation from an engineer here

http://www.schwieb.com/blog/2008/10/23/risks-and-rewards/


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xplatform script; Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: kissedsmiley on Jan 27, '08 05:54:22AM
I wonder has anyone tried to convert VBA scripts into Ruby scripts, which then can be run on both platforms? I don't have any VBA macros for excel right now, but I read about replacing applescript with ruby and also see that a pc user has used ruby to script excel.
http://www.macdevcenter.com/lpt/a/6942
http://rubyonwindows.blogspot.com/2007/03/automating-excel-with-ruby.html

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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: kissedsmiley on Jan 27, '08 06:01:51AM

>As submitted, this hint listed every known issue in every Office 2008 application. I replaced
Viewing all the bugs is a real pain. There are four pages, each page has a bunch of drop down must-click items. If the original post contains the drop downs, please please post it here in the comments. It would surely help everyone.



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: kissedsmiley on Jan 27, '08 06:06:39AM

oops, there is a 'show all' button that shows the hidden details. But still, I wish we had the list right here where it won't go away.



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: frickster on Jan 28, '08 12:16:05PM

One thing you don't have mentioned here is the Flesch-Kincade readability statistics bug. Take a document and run the test on it in 2008; you'll get a near-100%/<0.5 grade level response for ANY document. Compare to 2004 and you'll see the difference. It's a known bug they've yet to address; I've been in touch with MS about it and I was the first to report the issue!

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Word 2007 vs 2007 compatibility
Authored by: barryjaylevine on Jan 29, '08 09:12:52PM

Create a Word 2007 document and insert a Section Break (Continuous page). Save the document. Now open it in Word 2008. The section break has now become a type of (Next Page). This inserts a blank page into the document at the point of the break.

Well, at least Word 2008 has real menus, eh?

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Word 2007 vs 2007 compatibility
Authored by: cwroton on Feb 10, '08 06:29:02PM

Nothing new there. Word 2004 does the same thing, even when copying and pasting within Word 2004 documents.

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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: zo219 on Feb 11, '08 03:53:50AM

How's the new Entourage?

Mail *infuriatingly* closes the original when you begin a reply. And the labor of making a working link? I could strangle somebody. Entourage 2004, at least, does not of these silly things. Oh, Apple, why must you fail so on Mail.



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A list of known issues with Microsoft Office 2008
Authored by: chaddy on Mar 30, '08 09:50:58AM

The disappearing cursor is driving me crazy!



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