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Office 2008: Macintosh Download for Personally Owned Computers

Use Microsoft Office, a productivity suite of software for editing documents, creating spreadsheets, making computer slide shows, reading email and more.

Note: This software can be downloaded multiple times and does not limit the number of downloads.

We recommend that students stay consistent with the version of Office that their professors use. We do not recommend upgrading before the end of the semester.

About Office 2008

Components of Office 2008

Microsoft Office includes:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Entourage
  • PowerPoint

Microsoft does not manufacture a version of Access for Macintosh. If you need to use Access, try running Office through My Virtual Computing Lab.


This software is available to:

  • UB students who have paid the Comprehensive fee
  • UB Faculty paid by UB
  • UB Faculty Student Association employees
  • UB Geographic Full time Faculty
  • UB State employees (UUP, CSEA, MC, PEF)
  • UB Sub-Board I (SBO) employees
  • UB Research Foundation employees at UB
  • UB Foundation employees

This software is NOT available to:

  • Retirees
  • UB students who have not paid the Comprehensive fee
  • Employees on volunteer appointments with UB (paid by someone other than UB)
  • Alumni
  • Faculty, staff or students from SUNY schools other than UB
  • Senior Auditors

System Requirements

  • A Mac computer that has an Intel PowerPC G5 or a PowerPC G4 (500MHz or faster) processor
  • Mac OS X version 10.4.9 or a later version
  • 512 MB or more of RAM
  • 1 GB or more of available hard disk space
  • Mac OS Extended hard disc format (which is also known as HFS+ or HFS Plus)
    • To determine the format of the hard-disk, click About this Mac on the Apple menu, and then click More Info.
  • A DVD drive or a connection to a local area network
  • 1024 x 768 or higher resolution monitor

Downloading Office 2008

You cannot purchase a copy of Office through UB.

Terms and Conditions of Use

Microsoft Campus Agreement 3.5

Work at Home Acknowledgment

This acceptance form is valid for the Microsoft software products you intend to download, which shall be referred to collectively herein as the “Software”. Software is made available to you because The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) has purchased license coverage for the Software through its Microsoft Campus Subscription Enrollment effective October 1, 2010. UB is ordering the right for you to use the Software for Work-related purposes at home under its Microsoft Campus Subscription Enrollment. You are not licensed to use the Software at home for personal purposes. You do not own the license, rather you are authorized to use the Software pursuant to the terms and conditions of the licensing agreement. You will be required to remove the Software from your home machine immediately if UB decides to no longer participate, or earlier if your UB employment ends. Please note that non-knowledge workers such as maintenance, groundskeepers, cafeteria and mailroom, etc. are ineligible for Work at Home rights if they were not included in the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employee calculation for UB.

You will adhere to the following policies:

  • Read and abide by the license agreement(s) associated with this Software. Understand that Microsoft provides no technical support in association with your work-at-home use.
  • Understand the minimum specifications to run the Software are listed at Microsoft's Website.
  • Remove the Software from your home machine immediately upon the earlier of (a) expiration of the licensed period specified above or (b) the end of your employment with UB.
  • Understand that you are not licensed to use the Software for personal purposes.

By clicking on the button below and proceeding with your download, you are acknowledging acceptance of the terms and conditions of the Microsoft Work at Home Agreement listed above.


  • By downloading the software, you confirm you have read the Terms and Conditions and agree to and acknowledge the terms of the license agreement and terms and conditions.
  • You understand that sharing the software with others is an offense.
  • This software cannot be downloaded and stored in a shared file space.
  • This software is licensed for work-related purposes.

Prompted for a product key?

Uninstall any trial versions of Office before you download and install Office 2008. Installing over a trial or demo version will prompt you for a product key.

Unidentified Developer Error?

See how to fix the "Unidentified Developer" error when installing.

Automatically Checking for Office Updates

You should set Office to check for Office updates automatically. Updates will only be checked when you are connected to the Internet:

  1. Launch a Microsoft Office application
  2. From the Help menu select Check for Updates
  3. Under How would you like to check for software updates select Automatically
  4. On the Check for Updates pop-up menu select the frequency you want AutoUpdate to check for updates

Vendor Support

Contact the UBIT Help Center

Have a UBITName? You may also use the UBIT Help Center Online (login required).

(xxx) xxx-xxxx
Use your email, if known