Office for Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Eeden, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. Eeden macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2008
    Hi Everyone,

    I'm a current PC user and I would like to switch to Mac. (I'm sick of Windows) I'm looking for a Macbook Pro. There is still one thing that holds me of from buying a Mac and that is the compability with Microsoft office.
    I'm a business student and I would like to use my Mac for graphic as well as office applications. Ofcourse the mac is superb for graphic design.
    But I work alot in excel for my study and probably later at work. In the business industry windows is the standard. I don't want to learn a application on Mac that is not the same as in windows, because I'm affraid the will force me to work on a PC.

    Can somebody take my worries away or is a switch to mac not that smart in my situation?

    Thank you in advance
  2. Eeden thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2008
    I know but I heard that the functions are not the same, and that there are problems with opening mac excel documents on a PC :confused:
  3. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    I swap between PC and Mac fairly often and haven't hit many issues.
    The Office for Mac site has loads of info about compatibility.
  4. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
    In my experience MS Office 07 runs annoyingly slow on a mac (and I have a macbook with 4GB's of ram). I would not recommend it. If you're serious about using MS Office, dual boot and run it on the Windows partition. Can't say much for spreadsheets as I haven't worked with them yet, but I have heard the whole suite is a bit sluggish. There have also been problems with MS Office upgrades on the mac.

    Don't get me wrong, you'll live, I just thought I'd point those two things out, because that's what frustrated me when I used MS Office on my macbook. I now use my PC for all word processing tasks.

    EDIT: Having said that, I'm sure there's plenty of users out there who haven't experienced a single issue with Office on a Mac.
  5. redwarrior macrumors 603


    Apr 7, 2008
    in the Dawg house
    Office for Mac isn't too bad or expensive, but it does not equal Office for Windows, that's for sure.

    I haven't had any problems opening my osx documents on the windows side.

    I wouldn't let something like that keep you from getting a mac. Just use Fusion or Parallels and continue to run windows applications when you feel the need. I think you'll find that you'll use it less and less. I've been on a mac for 7 months, after spending a lifetime (seems like) on Windows, and I only bring up Windows to run Quicken.
  6. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008
    You could buy Parallels or VM Fusion or use Boot Camp to use Windows and then switch back to OS X when you want to relax.
  7. telecomm macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    Since you've probably already got a PC, I'd just keep that around for Excel stuff, and get Office on the Mac for everything else. In fact, if you can find a copy of Office 2004 for the Mac, that'd probably be the one to get.

    Many serious Excel users use macros, and they aren't supported on the current Mac Office (though they'll be back in the next version :rolleyes:).

    Edit: Oh, and there's always the Parallels/VMware route as suggested above, though you might find getting a copy of Windows XP/Vista and Office 2007 is all you need.
  8. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
  9. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2007
    Not where you live.
    You need to know that Macros don't run in Office 2008 for the Mac. So if Macros are important to you (and in a lot of office environments, they are) then Office 2008 is a show stopper. Microsoft are bringing macros back in the next version, but that's years away.

    I work in a mixed environment, and I'm on a Mac all day, and I have not run into any problems opening other users Office documents once. A lot of the documents I get are from PC users and I've not had one problem.

    Like others have said, don't let Office be a block for your move to a Mac, you can always run Parallels or VMWare.

    Good luck.
  10. Gentile macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2007
    What about Word in particular? Besides the who .docx to .doc issue, are there any compatibility issues going back and forth with Word on PCs?

    I will also check out the Mac Office site.
  11. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502


    Jun 2, 2008
    Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK
    I concurr with most of the posters above; don't let Excel alone dictate whether you buy a Mac. For a power Excel user, Office 2008 Excel on the Mac will not be the same as Excel 2007 on Windows, just run it via virtualisation (the free option of VirtualBox works well for me) or Boot Camp.
  12. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I haven't had any issues moving from a Mac to a PC and back. Everything works well. If you have Office 2003 or older on your PC, be sure to save everything in compatibility mode. However if you have Office 2007, you can't use the XML .docx format. Just a heads up that macros do not work on Mac Office.
  13. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    You should be fine, just try something to Fusion or Parallels Unity/Coherence mode. But if you don't touch macros at all, Office for Mac is all good. An app from Codeweaver, forgot what its called, also does something like Unity/Coherence. CrossOver! That's what its called. It installs Windows programs on Mac. VirtualBox/Q Emulator are free alternatives to Fusion/Parallels both of which cost $50-$80.
  14. avanrotciv macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2008
    I've been using NeoOffice is the Mac version of Open Office which is a Free Open Source alternative to MS office. It works well for me (not a heavy exel user though). You can open files from MS Office. It's slow but hey is free.
  15. thomahawk macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Osaka, Japan
    my advice is just buy iWorks

    iWorks can edit and use docs, exels, powerpoints.
    and they can also export your works into docs, excel or pp if you want

    on the other hand regular MS Office 08 for macs doesnt import or export iWork formats

    my suggestion is get iWorks the program can go both ways mac and microsoft

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