I am looking to run office apps on my mac for text documents, spreadsheets, and powerpoints.
I see ms office has a version for mac, but is it much better than the free versions like open office, neo office or libre office.
I need something that is reliable, and which makes compatible formats that I can use in the windows version of office.
I know one can make virtual machines, but for my laptop, I would like to just run the app itself.
I have been a long time Unix/Linux user in my personal systems and have used OpenOffice/LibreOffice however I have never been happy with the compatability with MS Word & Excel when having to move documents back and forth between my systems at my client's offices. Especially the markup and comments features as I often have to trade documents with my clients a number of times.
I recently had my old laptop (running Linux) finally go to the laptop burial ground and I bit the bullet and went with a rMBP which I am loving as what I consider to be the best of both worlds.
I have added in a copy of MS Office 2011 and while there are a couple of issues between the two different platforms it is less than colleagues I work with who complain about 2010 and 2013 incompatibilities most of which just turn out to be just differences in the way the two versions display options and menus. Certainly not the formatting or macro issues I have had with documents and spreadsheets that move back and forth from OpenOffice/LibreOffice and MS Office.
For me I have had no real problems, most documents are requirements documents so not really complex and I have would rarely get over 100 to 150 pages, most spreadsheets would have 10 or so sheets so I guess I am only a medium user.
I am happier with MS Office than OpenOffice/LibreOfice because of the ability to swap back and forth with my clients. Often a detailed requirements specification or contract document could get 20 to 30 revisions by each party across a month and for me compatibility is most important.
Having posted the above I remembered a problem with one client who had one of these massively complex templates and their document got to the point of actually crashing their Windows 7 environment when the document was opened.
I was able to just load it up in OpenOffice strip out most of the crazy formatting/sections and watermarks they had put in it and send it back to them where it was able to be used again.
Sometimes the other tools can just be handy.