Office for mac compatibility?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by KMC1993, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. KMC1993 macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2012
    Has anyone ever come across compatibility issues with Office for mac?
    Will power points documents from windows load perfectly with office for mac?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    The compatibility is pretty good, but not perfect

    I have found Powerpoint to be the least reliable in my experience
    Most things are seamless, but not always
    Some may be due to differences in fonts, etc.
    But there are other quirks from time to time as well
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    As the complexity of the document goes up, compatibility goes down. This is true even for different versions of Office on Windows.
  4. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I have not had any issues with compatibility with Office documents when using the latest versions (Office:mac 2011 or Office 2010 on Windows)
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    I have not been so lucky. The documents in question relied heavily upon VBA. They work perfectly in Word 2010 (Windows 7), but very poorly in Word 2011 (MacOS X 10.7).

    Definitive word from MisterMe: Prior to Office 2007, the most compatible version of Office on any platform was Office 2004 (MacOS X). With Office 2007, Microsoft introduced new levels of incompatibility across platforms and within its Windows platform. Office 2011 walked this back somewhat, but compatibility among various versions of Office continues to be a significant issue except in simple cases.
  6. rbrian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    Office is barely compatible in my experience, across 2003, 2010, and 2011.

    Even documents that look very simple, like a Word document with a picture, would open perfectly in 2010; open with a blank space where the picture should be in 2011; and not open at all in 2003 even with the compatibility pack installed.

    Excel files work fine, so long as they don't use macros. Stuff created in 2003 doesn't work at all in 2011, but it does in 2010; stuff made in 2010 sometimes works in 2011, but not 2003; stuff made in 2011 doesn't work anywhere else.

    After these problems, I didn't even try Powerpoint. If my work makes me use that, I'll use it exclusively at work, and watch telly when I'm at home.
  7. KMC1993 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2012
    Thanks for the replies.
    The only reason I was considering Office was because of the awful compatibility of powerpoint and open office. If it is still bad i don't think i will bother.
  8. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Your odds are probably better with Office for Mac but you'd have to try it for yourself to confirm. It's impossible for us to definitively answer for you without having your PowerPoint files to test.

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