why I still don't like Microsoft, thanks Office Installaion

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by NewGenAdam, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. NewGenAdam, Feb 2, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2011

    NewGenAdam macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    Installing the free 30 day trial of Microsoft Office, the company gently reminds me several times why I don't like it.

    it starts by freezing up the OS with this weird black and white beach ball that I've literally never seen before

    then it obstinately demands that I close EVERYTHING I have running so it can have some peace; hubristically thinking itself more important than almost all other Apps

    and not content with its achievements so far it presumptuously vomits half a dozen Apps straight into my dock, thinking I like it enough to want it splayed all across my nicely organised desktop

    No, Microsoft, these examples may be excusable but I take them as indications of how the company likes its products: obtrusive, demanding, and self-important.

    I must say this post sounds troll-y in tone but the content is quite accurate, it represents my sentiments, and I'm not shouting to cause controversy, merely to express my opinions...

    p.s. and then, despite having downloaded the newest version from the website, it immediately demands an update and I go through the entire process all over again.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    The legacy beachball.

    Lots of applications need to have everything else closed, including several Apple applications.

    It's so difficult to remove things from the Dock; I understand complaining about it. :rolleyes:

    Sure does!
  3. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    D'ya think?

    The installation is over and done with very quickly. All I did afterwards was drag a few icons off the Dock, move a couple of others over to where I wanted them, then fired up the programs themselves. Pretty small on the inconvenience front IMO, and hardly a massive obstruction to my workflow.
  4. NewGenAdam thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    To be fair, my irritation is disproportionate, sorry. I suppose I'm spoilt by the ease of Apple products.

    That said, Apple products are only easy when you're using them EXACTLY as Apple wants you to. I daren't think how Apple software in general would work on Windows if they were kind enough to port it. iTunes is bad enough
  5. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I installed the full version with no trouble. It was more painful than installing something small like Firefox or Adium, but it was no more difficult than installing Photoshop, iLife or any other large application or suite.
  6. mheidt macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2005
    Besides installing MS Office 2011.
    I find this office with the new toolbar really good. Fortunately I got the licence for almost free, but if it would cost the same as iWork it would be hard to decide which to choose.
  7. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    I kinda miss the legacy beachball, pointer, hand . . . good ole days. I remember Myst made good use of the hand-pointer.
  8. Yvan256 macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    If you want to see intrusive software, try installing Adobe FireWorks CS5.

    When I installed it, I de-selected everything I didn't want.

    Then it proceeded to install everything anyway and added another program running in the background (Growl) without ever telling me about it. Even the company that makes Growl are furious about the way Adobe behaves.

    I won't even talk about how much FireWorks CS5 differs so much from ImageReady CS2. From keyboard shortcuts to the way the program works, learning another non-Adobe program might be more efficient. :rolleyes:
  9. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    7th Guest also had an interesting pointer.

    On topic, I installed Office 2011 and then the updates without issue. OP, almost all software installs the version on the disc and then updates later. iLife and iWork both do this too.
  10. Ubuntu macrumors 68000


    Jul 3, 2005
    I'd have agreed with others that you're merely trolling but I'm honestly not too sure. It just seems like you're exaggerating and reading too much into the issues you've had. Who is to say its not the mac at fault? You'd argue its not as many other apps work fine on your mac - but then as the responses have proven, MS Office works fine on many macs.

    Hell I've installed it on my hackintosh netbook without a hitch, so I'm really inclined to think there's something really wrong with your machine, because even an old intel mac with atleast 10.5.8 should run it if an atom processor 2GB hackintosh netbook can install it and run it fine.

    One thing I will agree with is how it automatically put the apps on the dock - would have just preferred it if they put the folder. Is this really going to ruin your day, though?
  11. sim667 macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
    I installed it using my VNC client, was pretty good, although i didnt really want the apps in my dock..... when i got back to my comp, clouded them, and dragged the folder in....

    job done, didnt even have to be at my comp for most of it...

    Did the same with plex today, although the VNC has suddenly stopped working, so i cant see what its doing til i get home :eek:

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