New version of MS Office

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  1. jwolf6589 macrumors 65816

    jwolf6589

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    What is the advantages of MS office over iWorks for basic usage? I use Office all the time at work and it has loads of features, however at home I have chosen to use iWorks and Apple Mail instead for a variety of reasons.

    1. iWorks launches faster and does not crash as often with an older HDD based Mac.
    2. Since my usage at home is basic I see no reason to upgrade my Mac version of Office that I hardly use.
    3. I use Numbers for my Budget which does the job and launches faster on my older Mac over Excel.

    MS Office does have more features that I do not use at home however. Outlook especially is nice but it sometimes has database corruption issues which Apple Mail does not have.
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68030

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    MS Office is still the de facto standard in the business world, education, legal, and governments. If you have to exchange documents with others or if you do a lot of writing that requires publishing and so forth, then the choice should be MS Office. For personal use at home or documents for yourself, the iWork apps work well.

    I'm no longer an Outlook user since I retired, so I can't comment on the newer versions. I use Apple Mail.
     
  3. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No I am not doing any of those things but if I was I would be using Office.
     
  4. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    I'm going to pile on with @chscag here. There's little reason to spend on MS's products in your enclosed environment. I pay for Office only because I need to exchange documentation with others in a business environment. Numbers does a decent job as does Pages.

    FYI, if you need or want more "power" MS is unifying its code base for Office apps across all OS and web platforms. Their web "apps", announced around June this year - available via Outlook.com accounts - are including options before the desktop and mobile versions. An Outlook.com account gets you access to the main Office apps, including the free Outlook.com accounts.

    I pay for the Home suite although the Personal version works here, no ads and a bunch of added features tied to the associated Outlook.com account, for just a few bucks each month. I pay for additional features and because I hate ads with a white-hot hate (deference here to Ricardo Montalbán's Khan in Star Trek II...) but I get the 1TB storage upgrade that goes with it.

    You can, for the cost of zero dollars, use both Apple's "iWork" apps and MS's Office apps. Cheers!
     
  5. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Actually I used Outlook.com at work and its a joke compared to the desktop version. I would rather use Apple's iWork's on iCloud.com. But I don't need either as I have the desktop versions. Yes if I went back to school or got a job requiring me to use my laptop then I would use MS office more. heck I would probably just buy it for Windows 10 and use my bootcamp partition.
     
  6. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    IMO you've missed my point, but read on. I'm not referring to Outlook.com - I'm alluding to Office Online with an Outlook.com account. As to being a "joke", I'm not going to disagree as I use the Windows suite on a daily basis and try out the Mac suite on the Fast Ring. MS has been pushing updates to their Office online suite first since June 2018 as part of their effort to unify their interface, with Windows following, then iOS, then the macOS platform. The online version of Office is getting updates before any of the desktop options.

    Seriously, I'm sorry I wasted my time here. You use Apple's offerings, I don't. Whatever.
     

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