After upgrading to the latest Mac Office 2008, I think I’m about to revert back to the older 2004 version. The latest Office suite is sooo slow on my MacBook Pro (2 GHz Core Duo and 2 GB RAM). Word, Excel, and PowerPoint take forever to start up.
And even once started, performance of these apps is sluggish. I’ve also come across memory issues running 2008. In Excel, I’ve actually had low memory errors several times. No problems with Excel 2004. This is the first time I’ve had memory issues on my MBP.
The only app I might keep around is the newest Entourage. It’s still slow, but seems better able to handle my gigs of email that I’ve collected over the years. Entourage 2004 kept stalling and occasionally crapping out, but so far so good with Entourage 2008.
I also have Office 2008 installed (legitimately) on my home iMac and that feels slow as well, but that’s a new machine!