Microsoft Fully Drops Support for Office for Mac 2011

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    I still use 2008. I wish the world would drift away from being so dependent on Office. I prefer Pages and the Apple suite. Or even Google docs are great. But there are still too many things I need actual office for.
  2. OneDunya macrumors newbie


    Apr 24, 2016
    No I use Office 2008 daily it was a new security update.
  3. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    how many licenses do you get? I think you only get one license? I need at least 3
  4. OneDunya macrumors newbie


    Apr 24, 2016
    Well the Version I have I received at the MS headquarters in Redmond for participating in focus group in ‘08. Btw I love Office 2008.
  5. Bigsk8r macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2011
    Austin, Texas
    I have the family version of Office 365 and love it. 5 accounts that each get a mobile device, a computer, and 1 TB of OneDrive storage for $9.99 a month. As well as upgrades as they come. Easy decision to make to always be up to date.
  6. autrefois macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    I'm not surprised at all. Just because Microsoft is cheap and doesn't want to bother maintaining their software unless they feel they absolutely have to, and wants to charge tons of money for a laggy upgrade, isn't the fault of the consumers who are upset by this.
  7. mmm1345 Suspended


    Aug 8, 2017
    I wish Mac Apps supported Office (meaning file extension and importing exporting), I would get rid of office in a heartbeat. I LOATHE subscription software. Unfortunately, 100% of businesses that I deal with and work for use MS Office.
  8. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    I'm not Microsoft fan but show me another developer that actively updates their 7+ year old software, even when they have a newer version available. Apple, Adobe, and others don't.

    Businesses rely on this software every day to help them generate billions of dollars in value. It's silly to think they can't be bothered to pay a small fee once every 7 or so years for something so critical to their business.
  9. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    It was probably an update to the Autoupdater application which was released yesterday. Aside from that, Microsoft has not released an update for Office 2008 in years. The autoupdate application is separate from Office itself.
  10. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Don’t you mean ~5 year copy?
  11. wikiverse macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2012
    They do.
    Pages can open, edit, and save .doc and .docx extensions.
    Numbers can open, edit and save .xls and .xlsx extensions.
    Keynote can open, edit and save .ppt and .pptx extensions.

    You're really only going to have problems if your documents are extremely complicated in terms of layout. The commenting and track change functions don't always import/export correctly, but if you're just opening and editing basic text documents or spreadsheets, iWork apps are fine.
  12. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Running office 2011 here too. A long way from perfect but I don’t want to be paying £10 a month to open a few word docs.

    Slightly concerned how i’m going to reinstall it if I ever decide to do a system nuke and re-install OS from scratch. (Or when I upgrade to a new(er) Mac)
  13. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2012
    lync is fine, but skype for biz is a laggy mess. they need to fix that ASAP
  14. techwhiz, Oct 11, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2017

    techwhiz macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2010
    Northern Ca.
    I'll stick with 2011 for my machines. It works and did not stop working when they introduced 2016.
    And let's not forget the new version as far as I can tell is a subscription model.

    Subscription models are a plague.
    I stopped upgrading Adobe CS for the same reason.
  15. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Same. I did a clean install when I upgraded to HS a few weeks ago and had to re-download 2011 from MS. The link didn't work, and I had to contact tech support. Guess that wouldn't be an option anymore.
  16. Winni macrumors 68030


    Oct 15, 2008
    Don't we all hate subscription based software? The good news in this case is that there is an extremely simple solution for that problem: Don't buy an Office 365 subscription, buy a perpetual license of Office 2016 instead. They are available, you know.
  17. Hater Suspended


    Sep 20, 2017
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Companies have enterprise agreements. This enables them to use any currently supported version of software. It's a migration issue, not a software licensing issue.
  18. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    Using Office for MAC 2011 as well.
    No problems at all.
  19. joueboy macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2008
    Actually some of this computers are so old enough that hackers don’t care anymore. When was the last time you heard in the news an old computer being hacked. Besides it’s Windows it doesn’t matter if it’s new they’re always a target.
  20. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2015
    Our actions define our legacy
    I have Office 2016 on my MBA 2015 1.6ghz i5 and it runs great, what Mac are you using?
  21. loby macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2010
    I am also wondering if when we install from scratch it will activate, including getting the service packs up to the last one released 14.7.7.

    With each service pack, do we have to install each of the older ones first (separately) or does 14.7.7 (last) have all of them bundled together so we only have to install the last one?
  22. mmm1345 Suspended


    Aug 8, 2017
    thanks! I did not know that. My docs usually aren't that complicated, although I do use Track Changes sometimes during my day job.
  23. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Good points. I wonder if one were to obtain install packs from 'alternative' sources, if you would still be covered by your pre-existing licence. I think that would be the case, as long as the licence terms were still met.

    Regarding service packs, I (as a lightweight user) haven't seen much benefit from the later service packs*, so it seems if you can get your hands on a relatively late version install pack, I wouldn't worry about updating to the very latest 14.7.7 version.

    If you're such a heavy user of Office that you need something from a missing service pack, that's a strong case for biting the bullet and updating to a newer Office.

    *famously most users only use 10% of the features, but each user uses a different 10%.

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