A Mac alternative to the Microsoft Office 2008 upgrade...NeoOffice
By tls on Jan 04, 2008
As Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols point out in his eWeek article yesterday, you do have an alternative to shelling out some bucks for the new Microsoft Office 2008 upgrade, due out the next couple of weeks.
If you get a chance, try out NeoOffice, now version 2.2.2. This is a Mac OS X version, of the popular OpenOffice.org suite. It uses the Mac OS X Aqua interface as opposed to the X11 requirements of OpenOffice.
Although I have Microsoft Office 2004 on my Macs and agree that it's one of the better running apps on my Mac, I honestly haven't used it since I've installed NeoOffice over 2 years ago. Yes, NeoOffice is a bit slower, yes, it is a bit buggy, but I can edit any Microsoft Office document, presentation or spreadsheet all for the price of $0.
So, before you shell out $150-$300 for Microsoft Office 2008, just give NeoOffice 2.2.2 a test drive. It might surprise you.