Can Office 2008 and Office 2004 co-exist?

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    luxor1275bc Guest

    I recently purchased Office 2008 for a Mac Lab of 25 iMacs and then
    learned that Excel 2008 has been lobotomized by Microsoft so that it
    no longer includes VBA/Data Analysis and Solver. So I'm wondering if
    its possible to have Office 2008 and Office 2004 installed at the same
    time and have Word documents fire-up Word 2008, PowerPoint
    presentations launch PPT 2008 and Excel spreadsheets open Excel 2004
    -- is this possible? And, if so, I'd love some pointers on how to do
    it? Thanks a bunch.
    luxor1275bc, Jun 27, 2008
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    Tim McNamara Guest

    The possible fly in the ointment being whether .xls files created in
    Excel 2008 can be opened by Excel 2004. (I don't know, I don't use
    either). There have already been problems with the Word 2008 file
    format and Word 2004 (the Windows version of Office 2008 has been out a
    while already- interestingly enough, NeoOffice/OpenOffice could read
    that file format while the older Word application couldn't).
    Tim McNamara, Jun 27, 2008
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    Ted Lee Guest

    Yup. I was amused that I had no problem reading a Word 2008 document
    someone sent me on my Mac (using NeoOffice) at home but couldn't read it at
    work because we're on Office 2003 under XP and because I don't have admin
    rights on my machine I couldn't install the converter (as I recall.)
    Ted Lee, Jun 27, 2008
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    Tim McNamara Guest

    That's pretty funny. I've been so pleased with NeoOffice that I have no
    use for Microsoft Office. Although NeoOffice doesn't seem to handle
    Excel macros very well.
    Tim McNamara, Jun 27, 2008
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