Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Applications > Mac Applications and Mac App Store

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jan 21, 2013, 11:21 PM   #1
purplekush604
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Best version office that is closest to windows office.

Hey guys like the title says im looking to purchase a copy of microsoft office for my macbook air i5 that is yet to arrive. My wife will be using it for school, and like me has never used a mac since we were kids, so looking for something close to the windows version.

Thanks
purplekush604 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2013, 11:35 PM   #2
MisterMe
macrumors G4
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: USA
Quote:
Originally Posted by purplekush604 View Post
Hey guys like the title says im looking to purchase a copy of microsoft office for my macbook air i5 that is yet to arrive. My wife will be using it for school, and like me has never used a mac since we were kids, so looking for something close to the windows version.

Thanks
In my humble opinion, the Windows version of Office sucks. Unfortunately, Office also has compatibility issues among its siblings. These issues do not arise so much among documents shared among colleagues at school as they do with Government forms distributed as macro-enabled Office files.

I'm betting dollars to donuts that your wife is not required to complete Government forms as macro-enabled Office files. If this is the case, then buy Office 2011. This is the most recent OS X version of Office. If your wife is an instructor, then this version will handle all Office files that her student submit to her. If she is a student, then this version will handle all Office files that her professors distribute to their classes.
__________________
Neither a borrower nor a lender be
For loan oft loses both itself and friend
William Shakespeare from Hamlet
MisterMe is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2013, 11:45 PM   #3
kylera
macrumors 6502a
 
kylera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Seoul
Unless you need macros, the 2011 version should fit the bill easily. The interface may be a bit different from the Windows versions, but most files will open with aplomb.

You can also download a trial version off of Microsoft's site - it's good for 30 days.
__________________
Current Macs: 2012 13" MBA | 2011 27" iMac | PowerBook G4 12" | eMac 700Mhz
Current iOS: iPad 4 3G 64GB | iPhone 4S 16GB
kylera is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2013, 04:53 PM   #4
purplekush604
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by kylera View Post
Unless you need macros, the 2011 version should fit the bill easily. The interface may be a bit different from the Windows versions, but most files will open with aplomb.

You can also download a trial version off of Microsoft's site - it's good for 30 days.
Will definitely download the trial, and not sure what a macro is lol
purplekush604 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2013, 05:43 PM   #5
Miguel Cunha
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Braga, Portugal
Quote:
Originally Posted by MisterMe View Post
In my humble opinion, the Windows version of Office sucks.
Office for Mac 2011 doesn't get even close to Office 2010. It only comes in few languages, the spelling checker is awful, outlook cannot connect to several exchange servers, using specific filters, no delivery or reading receipts (a lot of people use them), just to name a few.

I use Office 2010 in a VM and it's far better.

Stiil, Office for Mac 2011 is the closest version to Office 2010.

With the arrival of Office 2013, let's hope for a new edition of Office for Mac (2014?) to adress these and other issues, and make it as good as the Windows version.
When that happens, I'll go for it.

Last edited by Miguel Cunha; Jan 22, 2013 at 05:45 PM. Reason: Misspelling
Miguel Cunha is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:01 PM   #6
BrianBaughn
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
They've had MS Office apps for Mac since 1985 and the PC versions since 1990.

Yeah, maybe the next versions will iron out all the differences.
__________________
Brian Baughn
Baughn Consulting
Baltimore, MD
BrianBaughn is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2013, 08:12 AM   #7
MisterMe
macrumors G4
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: USA
Quote:
Originally Posted by kylera View Post
Unless you need macros, the 2011 version should fit the bill easily. ...
Lest there be any confusion, Office 2011 supports macros. This is a major reason if not the reason to upgrade from Office 2008 to Office 20011.
__________________
Neither a borrower nor a lender be
For loan oft loses both itself and friend
William Shakespeare from Hamlet
MisterMe is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2013, 08:19 AM   #8
kylera
macrumors 6502a
 
kylera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Seoul
Quote:
Originally Posted by MisterMe View Post
Lest there be any confusion, Office 2011 supports macros. This is a major reason if not the reason to upgrade from Office 2008 to Office 20011.
Good point. I should've said "complex" macros the first time around.
__________________
Current Macs: 2012 13" MBA | 2011 27" iMac | PowerBook G4 12" | eMac 700Mhz
Current iOS: iPad 4 3G 64GB | iPhone 4S 16GB
kylera is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2013, 08:50 AM   #9
960design
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Destin, FL
BEST? Pages,Numbers,Keynote. The Mac version of the Office Suite really is horrible. It is also different enough to the windows version that you will be learning something new anyway, why not learn Mac specific programs?

Yes, it will be a little bit of a learning curve ( anything causes you trouble, just google it, it surely has caused the other millions of windows users the same trouble and probably well documented ). Once you start playing around with cloud storage, you will be hooked. I work on documents at work, save them, work on them at home without any thumb drives or emaily stuffy, stuff. I also work on them on my iPad when that is more convenient. All my documents are available and changes or updates are instantly available to all devices.

Yeah!
__________________
TI-99/4A, tape cassette, 12" B&W Zenith
960design is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2013, 09:40 AM   #10
Panch0
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Northern Virginia, USA
Quote:
Originally Posted by purplekush604 View Post
Will definitely download the trial, and not sure what a macro is lol
Also consider LibreOffice.org, which is a free alternative office suite. It's not going to be as full featured MS Office, but it works fine for simple documents and usually does a good job of reading other formats (.doc, etc...)

LibreOffice branched from OpenOffice.org a while ago when Oracle bought Sun. OpenOffice is still available, but it's under Oracle's control and may not always be free.

There is also NeoOffice, which branched from openOffice long ago to provide a native Mac version of the suite.

Anyway, all of the above are free and perfectly capable of handling any school work that doesn't specify a specific package.
Panch0 is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Applications > Mac Applications and Mac App Store

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Microsoft Launches Office 365 Subscriptions Alongside Office 2013, But Macs Still Stuck on Office 2011 MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 302 Apr 15, 2014 04:15 PM
Need Office now, but it's Office 2011 and Office 2014 is coming in March... msallin Mac Applications and Mac App Store 3 Jan 9, 2014 10:27 PM
Microsoft Office for iPad Awaiting Completion of 'Touch First' Interface for Windows Version MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 161 Oct 12, 2013 09:18 AM
Is a new MS office version coming soon? MrMister111 Mac Applications and Mac App Store 23 Nov 10, 2012 10:44 AM
Office 2013 for Windows announced - How it impacts Office for Mac iFanboy Mac Applications and Mac App Store 18 Aug 31, 2012 11:53 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:17 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC