Microsoft ends official Office for Mac 2008 support Tuesday

Tuesday is looking like it is going to be a big day for Microsoft. The company has already announced it will release nine security software updates as part of its monthly "Patch Tuesday" event on April 9th. Now there's word that Microsoft plans to end official support for one of its software products made for Apple's Mac users.

Today, the Office for Mac blog confirmed that Microsoft will end support for Office for Mac 2008 on Tuesday. The blog added that users can still download any available updates made for Office for Mac 2008 from now until April 19, 2014. However, the end of support date on Tuesday means that Microsoft won't release any new software updates for Office for Mac 2008 after April 9th.

Microsoft has already moved on to Office for Mac 2011, which was launched in the fall of 2010. In February, the software got an update that allowed its owners to designate it as one of their five installs for the Office 365 Home Premium subscription, if they signed up for the service. The next major version of Office for Mac is expected to be released sometime in January 2014.

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It was a pointless release. It included a weird concoction of an interface, lack VB, buggy Entourage with no decent Exchange support. It shold not have been released, since Office 2004 and X worked on Intel Macs just fine with Rosetta.

Humm that's pretty bad, 5 years support for office . Doesn't affect me but might affect businesses if more security flaws are found.

The funny thing is - Microsoft supported my Mac with Office 2008 better than Apple supported it. I bought my Mac Mini in June of 2008, and bought Mac Office 2008. Apple ended support of that computer, not allowing me to upgrade to the latest OS (ML). Since I cannot upgrade the OS, I cannot upgrade to other software that Apple has released. However, I still can get updates for Office 2008. Microsoft - supporting Apple products better than Apple does.

I agree MS has great support and apple's is terrible but if they support windows for cycles of 10 years, why is office a mere 5 ? .
Apple should be investigated by the EU or whatnot, intel and dell and some other companies goes done a few years ago and told to make their products last longer to produce less e-waste, why is apple allowed to escape from that?

SoylentG said,
Apple ended support of that computer, not allowing me to upgrade to the latest OS (ML). However, I still can get updates for Office 2008. Microsoft - supporting Apple products better than Apple does.

I'm in the same boat.

n_K said,
I agree MS has great support and apple's is terrible but if they support windows for cycles of 10 years, why is office a mere 5 ? .
Apple should be investigated by the EU or whatnot, intel and dell and some other companies goes done a few years ago and told to make their products last longer to produce less e-waste, why is apple allowed to escape from that?

No, they should not be investigated. There is no guarantee that a computer will get updates, and to force companies to do it is not something governments should be involved in. However, that does not mean that the consumer should not take it into account when purchasing a computer. If a company has a track record of not supporting their computers through software, vote your displeasure with your pocketbook. There has to be a limit to how far support can be given, for example there is some guy in the forums that is upset because his 12 year old P4 processor will not work with Win8. Win Vista did not ship out of the box with support for some 10 year old video cards, but still received the update later. But then there were some computers that did not support glass on Vista, while it is understandable they were not happy, the computer still ran but without one feature.

SoylentG said,

No, they should not be investigated. There is no guarantee that a computer will get updates, and to force companies to do it is not something governments should be involved in. However, that does not mean that the consumer should not take it into account when purchasing a computer. If a company has a track record of not supporting their computers through software, vote your displeasure with your pocketbook. There has to be a limit to how far support can be given, for example there is some guy in the forums that is upset because his 12 year old P4 processor will not work with Win8. Win Vista did not ship out of the box with support for some 10 year old video cards, but still received the update later. But then there were some computers that did not support glass on Vista, while it is understandable they were not happy, the computer still ran but without one feature.


Actually you are wrong; under EU law the price of a product is reflective upon the number of years service and support you are expected to get, no-ones bothered about it but I'm pretty sure if someone went far enough they could make a very large issue about it. This is how when expensive washing machines, etc. all failed within 3 or so years, the companies got told to replace any machine claimed against with a brand new one free of charge.
Anyway I digress, this isn't about apple, it's about office 2008 support.

SoylentG said,
The funny thing is - Microsoft supported my Mac with Office 2008 better than Apple supported it. I bought my Mac Mini in June of 2008, and bought Mac Office 2008. Apple ended support of that computer, not allowing me to upgrade to the latest OS (ML). Since I cannot upgrade the OS, I cannot upgrade to other software that Apple has released. However, I still can get updates for Office 2008. Microsoft - supporting Apple products better than Apple does.

My 2007 macbook pro has mountain lion on it but I guess that's a lie? I also guess apple doesn't support it although I had to do nothing and it install by itself.

But that can't be true. Anyway this is about office.

n_K said,
I agree MS has great support and apple's is terrible but if they support windows for cycles of 10 years, why is office a mere 5 ? .
Apple should be investigated by the EU or whatnot, intel and dell and some other companies goes done a few years ago and told to make their products last longer to produce less e-waste, why is apple allowed to escape from that?
What? They only support XP this long bec people wouldn't stop using it. They don't normally support an OS 10 years. Its always 5 free and pay after that.