Microsoft office 2008
Microsoft office 2008 for Mac
Microsoft Office is an office suite of interrelated desktop applications, servers and services for the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, introduced by Microsoft in 1989. Initially a marketing term for a bundled set of applications, the first version of Office contained Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Additionally, a "Pro" (Professional) version of Office included Microsoft Access and Schedule Plus. Over the years, Office applications have grown substantially closer with shared features such as a common spell checker, OLE data integration and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications scripting language. Microsoft also positions Office as a development platform for line-of-business software under the Office Business Applications (OBA) brand.
The current versions are Office 2010 for Windows which was released on June 15, 2010 and Office 2008 for Mac OS X, released January 15, 2008. Office 2007/Office 2008 introduced a new user interface and new Office Open XML document formats (docx, xlsx, pptx). Consequently, Microsoft has made available, free of charge, an add-on known as the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack to allow Office 2000-2003 for Windows and Office 2004 for Mac editions to open, edit, and save documents created under the new formats for Office 2007.
According to Forrester Research, as of June 2009, some version of Microsoft Office is used in 80% of enterprises, and 64% of enterprises have the 2007 Office version used
As with the previous version, Office 2008 is available in three versions. The "Student and Teacher" edition has been renamed "Home and Student Edition", and still includes three license codes. The standard edition is targeted at business users, and includes nearly a hundred Automator Actions and sample Workflows, plus support for Microsoft Exchange servers.
The most expensive Professional edition has been replaced with "Special Media Edition"; instead of Virtual PC, it includes Microsoft Expression Media, which was formerly iView Media Pro before Microsoft's buyout. iView, a media management and presentation program, had a loyal following among designers and photographers who made it an integral part of their workflow.
All Office 2008 versions also include the free MSN Messenger client.