MS Office for Mac - Any good?

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  1. Ma2k5 macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought a Macbook Pro which is due to be delivered in a couple of days.

    I am wondering, are there any shortcomings of the Mac version of Office?

    I already have a Windows version of Office, should I just use that in Parallel instead or is there good reasons to buy the Mac version?

    Secondly, has anyone noticed any performance improvement of virtualising Windows 8 as opposed to Windows 7?

    Thank you all.
     
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  3. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    If you have a Windows version of Microsoft Office, stick with it. No reason to buy the Mac version in that case for 139.99$
     
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  5. Ma2k5 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    2010.

    I used open office a few years ago and hated it.

    Due to student discount I am able to get office 365 for only £50.

    If the functionality is better on windows, then I guess I would just use parallels.

    If they is no functional shortcomings, it would be convenient not to have to run parallels every time I want to use office.

    This is my first mac so anyone with experience of both who can give an insight would be helpful.
     
  6. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    To be very honest with you and it is just my personal opinion:
    I would not use parallels just to employ Microsoft Office (plus you have to buy it as well, if I understand it correctly). The Mac version is very good (my experience), I don't miss anything from the Windows version. Secondly, I would buy the Home & Student version. But that's me.
    I was happy to get rid of Windows. The Mac Office is fully functional.
     
  7. Ralphalph macrumors member

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    The Mac version is great, but they are coming out with a new version soon. You might be best waiting for that and using parallels till then.
     
  8. Ma2k5 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I believe having office 365 will entitle me to any updates that come about (ie office 2014).

    I have to get parallels anyway to run VisualStudio and some other Window only programs.

    Thanks guys.
     
  9. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

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    I use Office on the Mac and on Windows all the time. I also use Apple's iWork suite, and OpenOffice/LibreOffice provides needed utility for me on occasion.

    iWorks and OpenOffice/LibreOffice are free. iWork is more polished than the others in terms of look and feel and is a joy to work with. iWork's Keynote is the best presentation software in the business by a long mile. iWork's Pages has great page-layout functionality and is my go-to tool for making technical posters and such. OO/LO has benefits when you need to work with postscript and other exotic applications. And Word still has an edge for some applications, such as multi-column/auto-flowed documents, documents with footnotes and cross-references, etc., but its user interface (that horrible ribbon! that festoons a quarter of the screen with garish incomprehensible icons!) grows more abysmal with each version Microsoft releases.

    So, why not have 'em all at your disposal. A carpenter has more than one saw and screwdriver, why shouldn't you?
     
  10. Ma2k5 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll just be using Word and Excel, which from my understanding, nothing comes close to Microsofts offering on these (iWorks excel is attrocious). Secondly, there is no point having mutiple tools when one of them does what the others do better imo (open office would just be a waste of space..). So yes, my query was just more so checking MS Office for Mac isnt a basterdised version lacking features, as Open Office is.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I've used Office for Mac for as long as I've had a Mac. It does the job quite well. It's not perfect, but neither is the Windows version. I prefer it for compatibility with other Office users, and no other alternatives measure up to Excel, IMO.
     
  12. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    My main use of Office is Word and Excel with an occasional PowerPoint. Never had a problem but I don't push it that hard. Only time I need the Windows version is for running Access. I prefer sticking with the Mac interface whenever possible.
     
  13. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

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    Excel on the Mac lacks the keyboard shortcuts found in the Windows version, and I'm not sure about its macro capabilities, but otherwise it's comparable in functionality to the Windows version.

    I wouldn't call Numbers "atrocious". It's actually better at some things than Excel, such as making really nice-looking tabular documents. And frankly, Excel drives me nuts quite often, on both PC and Mac. Just a host of little things (graphs, data manipulation) that are way more difficult than they used to be, thanks to Microsoft's user-interface decisions.

    I wouldn't bar the door against Numbers for some things, then. But most Excel users will probably want to stick with Excel.

    Word users are another matter. It depends on what you want to do. Pages is nicer to work with and certainly nicer to look at, but if you need multicolumn formats with auto-flow, advanced footnoting/captioning/cross-referencing functionality, etc., then Word's still the way to go. But Pages is better (way, way better) for laying out things like posters and flyers. I think of it as more of a page-layout package than a word-processor. And it's much more stable than Word, which for me is crashy on both PC and Mac.

    There's another option that we haven't discussed: Scrivener. If you're into hardcore content creation and might want to separate storytelling from word processing, it's especially great. I love how I can drag web-based information, pdfs, etc into a Scrivener project's Research binder and have it all available at my fingertips, even if I'm somewhere without WiFi. Meanwhile my actual wordsmithing is greatly facilitated by Scrivener's cork-board paradigm and uncluttered writing area. Nothing else comes close, if writing is your gig. Just a thought.
     
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    I have used Office for Mac ever since I switched to Apple in 2008 for the simple reason that my entire work universe uses Word (on casino, on rather old office computers) and I needed to ensure that there were no issues of compatibility.

    I have never had any issues with it, and indeed, for me, it is an absolute must have, as I use my own MBA as my prime computer, including for work purposes.

    Now, I don't doubt that some of Apple's own offerings (iWork, Pages, etc), are possibly better, but that is not what most of the world uses. Therefore, as long as most of the work world continues to use Office, I shall do so too.
     
  15. Meister Suspended

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    Nothing special about Office for Mac. It's the 2011 version, that's all.
     
  16. AndrewMRiv macrumors regular

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    I have Office Mac but hardly use it. 99% of the time, iWork does most of what I need.
     

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