MacPro 1,1 - OK to go to MS Office 2011?

elvisbubba

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Have Mac Pro 2006 1,1 w/ 8mg ram, running OSX 10.6.8.

I want to upgrade MS Office Mac from 2004 to 2011.

Any issues which I need to be aware of?

Thanks

John
 

bizzle

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If you consider a sizable performance increase an issue, than you're in for a world of trouble!
 

elvisbubba

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Aug 27, 2012
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Bizzle,

Your dry wit almost got me. Had to read it twice.

Was assuming it would be faster.

What is it that they did with 2011 to improve over 2004?

Thanks!
 

bizzle

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Jun 29, 2008
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Bizzle,

Your dry wit almost got me. Had to read it twice.

Was assuming it would be faster.

What is it that they did with 2011 to improve over 2004?

Thanks!
The performance increase is due to the fact that 2004 runs in Rosetta (it's a PPC application) and 2011 is native.
 

PowerPCMacMan

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You could use monolingual to remove the PPC binaries from OFFICE 2008 and still use it if you desire. I don't see much of a difference between 11 and 08, except for bloatware in 2011 version.


The performance increase is due to the fact that 2004 runs in Rosetta (it's a PPC application) and 2011 is native.
 

ssgbryan

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Jul 18, 2002
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Bizzle,

Your dry wit almost got me. Had to read it twice.

Was assuming it would be faster.

What is it that they did with 2011 to improve over 2004?

Thanks!
I can now move office documents back and forth between my mac version at home and my windows version at work with no issues.


I view this as a sign of the impending zombie apocalypse.
 

ssgbryan

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Office 2008 can do the same thing :)
Not in my experience. 2011 is the first time the ms office suites appear to have the same features.

The cost saving between purchasing 2008 and 2011 isn't worth it in my experience. Excel had some major improvements (aka visual basic is back - it might not matter for you, but the business community considers it important.)
 

PowerPCMacMan

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Oh yeah.. forgot about VB. For my purposes, that is, resume writing and touching up my resume, 2008 works good for me. My PB G4 uses 2004 version which for basics is good. I do have 2011 on my Mac Pro and like the 2004 version I only use it for resume writing.

I suppose for businesses 2011 would be much better as it has much built in.

Not in my experience. 2011 is the first time the ms office suites appear to have the same features.

The cost saving between purchasing 2008 and 2011 isn't worth it in my experience. Excel had some major improvements (aka visual basic is back - it might not matter for you, but the business community considers it important.)