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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Apr 30, 2014
I am waiting for my new MacBook to come in the mail – so excited.

Anyways, I am going to be putting Windows 7 on it since I have 2 programs for work that require Windows. I have Office 2007 that I can also load on the new Macbook as well and use it when in Windows mode.

Ideally, I want Office for Mac but since they only have Office 11 for Mac, I am stuck: do I wait and use ’07 through Windows until Lord knows when the new version of Office for Mac is released OR just buy Office 11 and be done with it…?


I keep hearing that the new Office keeps being pushed further and further back so who knows. I refuse to use Office 365 (cash grab by Microsoft).


macrumors 6502a
Jun 28, 2012
I would wait. I'm using Office 2008. I have one license remaining, and I'll use that on my next Mac because 2008 does everything I need. But YMMV if your work requires features found in later versions.

BTW, if you're using the MB and Office partly for work, and your employer didn't reimburse you, be sure to check with your accountant at tax time to see how much of that you can write off as a business expense.


macrumors 68030
Oct 23, 2003
Brunswick, MD
Or Office 365, maybe?

I noticed even my local Apple store is selling Office 365 on the shelves, right next to Office 2011 for Mac.

My workplace has been battling this "Upgrade or wait?" question for the last year or so, too. We have 40 or 50 Macs in use here and almost all have Office 2008 still on them. Problem is, people are starting to receive documents created with Office 2011 that it has problems opening, and Outlook 2011 at least is far superior in its corporate mail/scheduling capabilities.

We all know Microsoft has a new Office for Mac in the wings ... but we've got new employees starting in the next month or so. We've got to buy licenses of something for them.

Office 365 appears to be a viable option. Yes, it's an annual subscription fee to keep using it -- but it seems to work a lot like the Adobe Creative Cloud, where you still download and install the software apps locally on your machine. Plus, you get the added ability to use Office on iOS devices as part of it.


macrumors regular
Jul 5, 2009
Office 365

That is what we use in our office. I think the subscription system has many advantages...namely you get the latest versions of Windows Office software for whatever platform you are using. Licenses can be moved from computer to computer. You just can't use the same license at the same time on two computers.
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