Here is what I know about it. I bought my copy of Office for Mac 2008 the week it was released, which would have made it in Jan. 2008. The date stamp on the installer on my disc is 1st December 2007. It is not a "PPC installer." I have successfully used this retail disc to install Office for Mac 2008 to multiple installs of Lion, since I was in the customer seed program.
Thanks for the feedback, I haven't even tried installing 2008 on Lion because of all this cahhter about it and when I install 2008 on Snow Leopard, it says it needs to install Rosetta before it can proceed.
But, I wil try it out and install 2008 on a brand new copy of Lion on a new MBP Laptop and see what happens.
Installing Office 2008 on Lion worked for me, with a couple of hiccups. the process I used was:
1) Installed Office 2008 from an installer image like yours, from Dec 1st 2007 it is office version 12.0.0 (that installed without an issue or requesting to install Rosetta)
2) AutoUpdate launched automatically (like it normally does) and found "autoupdate 2.0" that it wanted to install, but couldn't. Which is normal for this update.
3) located Autoupdate 2.1.1 from the MS Site and downloaded it.
4) tried to run that 2.1.1 Autoupdate, but it wouldn't run, saying that it is a PPC Program and couldn't launch
5) then I installed Office 2008 Update 12.1.0 (which I already had as a separate download), it installed without a problem.
6) then I installed Office 2008 Update 12.2.6 (which I already had as a separate download), it installed without a problem.
7) then I launched Word and asked it to Check for Updates. it found Autoupdate 2.3.3, which it downloaded and installed without an issue.
8) then I launched Word and asked it to Check for Updates. it found Office 2008 12.3.1 update, which it downloaded and installed without an issue.
9) then I restarted
10) After restart, launched Word and asked it to Check for Updates. it found Autoupdate 2.2.7 (it reported an error, basically saying that Autoupdate 2.2.7 was not installed), but it downloaded and installed it without an issue.
11) Restarted again
12) launched Word and asked it to Check for Updates, it said there were no more updates available.
so, you are right, Office 2008 is able to be installed on a fresh install of Lion on a brand new MBP 2GHz (even the 1st version of the Installer). So, for anyone else out there trying to install Office 2008 on Lion, this is the process that worked for me.
Just wanted to pass this along.
We had a discussion on this in the Lounge. Never did come to a consensus there. If you search around the forums for Lion, people have said that they cannot install Office 2008 in Lion. They've even posted screen shots of the message that you cannot run a PowerPC app.
So they do appear to be out there, but must be pretty rare.
Rare indeed, I have used 4 different copies of varying ages on clients machines plus 1 copy (admittedly newer) on my own, a default installation proceeds normally,I tried to install MS Query (which is the only PPC part of Office) but never found an option to do so.
And unlike Office 2011 it can connect to 2003 Exchange Servers (and 2007-2010), I'll never understand Microsoft I guess.