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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

WTF is the deal? Office 2008 (Mac)

Okay, my company is 90% PC's, I have a couple of Mac-heads and unfortunately they are the Pres & VP. Now they want to know if they should be upgrading to office 2008 because of the Exchange support. Our mail server is Exchange, so it is a valid question. Well we have been down this "Exchange Support" crap before, 2004 was supposed to have great Exchange support, well it turned out to be a crappy OWA or IMAP product. The public folder action was crappy and overall it sucked. Well I was able to find that out using the trial version of 2004, but Microsoft has gotten smart and muck like not giving a preview to critics before the release of a crappy movie...they do not have any evaluation or trial version of 2008.

How the hell am I supposed to evaluate Entourage? (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/Office2008) I am a MSDN subscriber, but no Mac software is included. Microsoft has really screwed the pooch when it comes to Office for Mac. The freaking own part of Apple, why the hell wouldn't they have the Office for Mac product equal to the PC version. Especially the Exchange support, it is their own mail product! If you make the stuff work together without workarounds or changing the way a person works, they could have office an all PC's and Mac's in an office.

It really has to be a huge example of the right hand not knowing what the hell the other hand is doing. It is really disappointing. I am not a Mac-Head, I am a PC-user, but even I see the inherent value in making it work and available to people to try.

I am so freaking frustrated right now. It just isn't right and there is no one to complain to. Telling a CSR that you won't be purchasing because you can evaluate the software...well, you might as well be talking to a wall, they could give a f**k if you buy it or not.

Argh.

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