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Mac's Back!

The long-awaited Microsoft Office 98 upgrade brings Macintosh users up to speed.

An upgrade of Microsoft Office 98 has been a long time coming for Macintosh users. Until now, Microsoft had left the Macintosh user languishing in the dark ages when it came to its popular software suite. This has had a debilitating effect on the Macintosh in corporate America, as it fell hopelessly behind the upgraded Windows version of Office.

Well, fret no more, Macintosh users: Feast your eyes on a well-rounded Office suite made just for you.

Office 98 Macintosh Edition includes major revamps of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and includes extras like Internet Explorer 4.0 for browsing the Web and Outlook Express for Mac, Microsoft's newsgroup reader and e-mail client. To take advantage of all Office 98 has to offer, your Macintosh will need to be equipped with a PowerPC processor--which means those older Macs won't be making the upgrade.

The installation process is a breeze. Forget all the prompts you get when installing a Windows program. With Office 98 for the Mac, you just drag and drop the appropriate folder onto your hard drive and watch the files quickly copy from the CD. It took me about a minute to do the full transfer of the core products--Word, Excel and PowerPoint. That's fairly amazing considering they take up 90MB of hard-drive space. If you want to install any of the other extras (and there are lots of them), you'll have to run an installer. But the nice part is, you don't have to clutter your hard drive with features you may never use. Instead, Office allows you to select only those you want. There's also a custom installer for loading the three core products, giving advanced users the ability to pick and choose only the files they need.


Cassandra Cavanah is a contributing editor of Portable Computing Direct Shopper magazine and has reported on the computer industry for nine years.

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This article was originally published in the June 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Mac's Back!.

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