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Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac

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    14.1.2
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  • Date Added:
    Jun. 15, 2011
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In spite of being viewed as the "other guys" in some Mac users' minds, Microsoft has generally put out an excellent productivity suite for the Mac with Microsoft Office. Though the latest package is still not on par with the Windows version (you get only the four main programs--a big difference when you consider the Windows version has 10), Microsoft made a big leap with this latest version for the Mac in several other ways. Not only has it nearly reached feature parity (and cross compatibility) with the Mac counterparts to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but it has finally added Outlook, the e-mail and scheduling client Mac business fans have been clamoring for for years.

Once we dug deep into the feature set of Office 2011 for Mac, we saw there were several enhancements that made the whole suite better, and some of the niftier tweaks are even Mac-exclusive. Certainly many Mac users will look first at Apple's iWork for a productivity suite, and it is a great office suite in its own right. But if you work with primarily Windows users who use Office, it's tough to beat the automatic compatibility of using the same programs. Add the ease of compatibility with a strong feature set across the entire suite and you have a desktop office package that's almost a must-have in both large and small businesses, and even home productivity settings.

One of the major new changes to the suite (on the Windows side, too) is the ability to collaborate and share your work using Web apps. New Coauthoring requires that you use SharePoint Foundation 2010 for enterprise use, but for personal or small businesses, you can save and access files over SkyDrive (25GB of available online storage) on Windows Live with a free registration.

All of the new tweaks to the interface and each of the apps in the suite make Office 2011 for Mac a great option, but with the rise of cloud-based computing and online office suites like Google Docs, we wonder how long the big desktop apps like Office will remain on top. This latest Office client for Mac is definitely a solid offering, but how long can Microsoft hold on to its dominance?

Office 2011 for Mac editions
We reviewed Office 2011 Home and Business, which costs $199 for a single install or $279 for three installs if you want to put it on three computers at home or work. This suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. If you don't need a business-level desktop e-mail client, you should opt for the Home and Student version (at $119 for a single install and $149 for three installs), which includes just Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Unfortunately, there is no upgrade pricing for Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac because Microsoft found that most people buy Office when they buy a new computer and there was little interest in carrying upgrades at retail outlets.

Setup
The installation for Office 2011 for Mac is quite painless. Just like any other software, you'll be asked for permission to make changes to your system, then it's only about 10 minutes install time (depending on the speed of your Mac). Like a lot of software these days, you'll need to have at least Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to use all the features in the Office 2011 suite.

Interface
The Ribbon has returned as the unifying interface component across all the apps in the suite. Though Microsoft has met some resistance from users on both platforms for this particular feature, we think once people get used to the flexibility of the Ribbon it will save them an enormous amount of time. Rather than digging through menus and scrolling through palettes, the Ribbon uses tabs that display commands relevant to a given task. As an example, clicking on an image in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel will change the tabs in the Ribbon to image-related tasks so you can make changes quickly without having to search through menus. If you still just can't get used to the Ribbon, in Office 2011 for Mac, you can turn it off and use regular drop-down menus (an option that several Windows users probably wish they had). Still, we recommend taking the time to learn the Ribbon as an investment that will save you more time in the future.

Template galleries
One of the great things about today's office suites is that, with most documents, you don't have to start from scratch. Office 2011 for Mac features an enormous number of templates in the Template Galleries for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Choose among great-looking resumes and newsletters, complex photo catalogs, and calendar layouts, which let you fill in your information without the need for extra formatting. Even if the selection in Office 2011 doesn't have what you're looking for, you can browse more than 10,000 user-generated templates and filter by category or keywords to get exactly what you want. From there you can make customizations to your template to make the project your own. We particularly like the ability to mouse-over templates to view multiple-page layouts; it saves you a lot of time to not have to open each template to see what type of elements are used on each page.

Media Browser
Whether you're making a brochure, a newsletter, or a business presentation, you're going to want eye-catching multimedia to make your project pop. In Office 2008 this meant you would be searching through the object palette of the toolbox or sifting through your media folders in the Finder. The new Media Browser gives you a centralized location to browse images, video, iMovie projects, iPhoto libraries, and your music (from iTunes) so you can grab what you need quickly whether you are in Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, or Excel. If you don't have time to sift through each of the categories, you can do a quick search by keyword to get what you want. The suite is filled with time-saving shortcuts like these and we think it shows that the Mac team at Microsoft has been listening to users.

New features
Alongside interface enhancements like the Ribbon across all four Office applications, Microsoft Office 2011 offers a number of features that should reduce the time you spend gathering information so you can spend more time on getting the project done. The new Conversation View in Outlook collapses e-mail threads so you can view the entire conversation without sifting through your in-box, for example. Likewise, new image-editing tools in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are welcome additions for anyone who works with media in documents and presentations, obviating the need for third-party editors in most situations. Many of the new features and tools help you push your presentations and documents away from the usual bullet points and toward more-engaging visual presentations.

Outlook 2011
With Outlook now available in Office 2011, several features are now available to Mac users that used to require separate (and often not fully compatible) software solutions for previous versions. Now, with a connection to Exchange Server (2007 or later), Mac users will be able to use global address books, set up meetings and send meeting requests, and check the availability of attendees on calendars. Like the latest Windows version of Outlook, Conversation View is now available for Mac making it easy to find older messages in a thread by putting them together in one place. You also can click an arrow on the left edge of the in-box item to instantly expand a thread into conversation view. According to Microsoft, this feature has gotten a mixed reaction from users, but we think once people get used to grouping e-mail threads together in Conversation View, it will save them a lot of time.

Outlook for Mac also makes it easy to get messages from all your e-mail accounts in one place. New Unified Folders consolidate your various exchange and online accounts into one in-box folder for easy reading. If you find it overwhelming, you can always browse each account separately by expanding a unified folder for individual account access.

Those who are switching from Windows to Mac in a work environment will appreciate the new ability to seamlessly transfer your Outlook data from a Windows machine. You'll now be able to import your data files (.PST) created in Windows Outlook directly to your Mac. But be aware that you'll only be able to import .PST files from Outlook 2003 or later.

Some of the strengths of using Outlook in the workplace are the scheduling tools that let you map out your workday. In Outlook 2011 for Mac, some helpful new features include the ability to preview your calendar directly from a meeting invitation to see if you're available to attend. A small preview window shows up in the lower right of an invite showing what you have scheduled around that time. You'll also be able to stay on top of your busy schedule with the My Day window that lets you view upcoming appointments. Both of these features are great time-savers because you won't need to open your full calendar each time you need to check your schedule.

PowerPoint 2011
Microsoft's PowerPoint is a mainstay for business meetings and now has added features to make it easy to create engaging visual presentations rather than the usual boring bullet points.

An improved Presenter view in PowerPoint 2011 gives you all the tools you need to pull off a flawless performance. As your audience watches, you'll be able to view the current slide, see what slide is coming up next, view personal notes for each slide, see the elapsed time for your presentation, and stay on target with a progress bar to show where you are in your presentation.

To make your visual projects more portable, you'll now be able to embed movies. In previous versions, you would have needed to include the extra video files when sharing a presentation, but with this new feature, it's easy to deliver your presentation as one complete package. You'll also be able to apply movie styles and effects by clicking on the video and using the appropriate dynamic tools in the Ribbon, all of which will be retained in your embedded movie when you share your presentation.

Better slide transitions and animations in Office 2011 for Mac make it easy to create a pro-level presentation with new 3D effects, and a new tab in the Ribbon dedicated to Transitions keep them close at hand for on-the-spot changes.

Possibly the best-looking feature of all in PowerPoint 2011 is exclusive to the Mac version of Office and very useful for managing complex slides. Now when you create a slide that includes several graphical elements, you'll be able to use Dynamic Reordering to move objects between layers. By choosing Dynamic Reordering in the Arrange menu, you're able to look at graphical elements of your slide in a 3D layered view, allowing you to move elements toward the front or back by clicking and dragging them to your preferred location. These features are available in Word 2011 as well, and will be very useful for managing graphically complex newsletters or brochures with several graphical elements.

Finally, to share your presentation with co-workers or clients remotely, PowerPoint 2011 includes a new feature called Broadcast Slideshow, which is also exclusive to Office 2011 for Mac. Now, as long as you and your target audience have an account with Windows Live, you'll be able to quickly send a URL to up to 50 attendees and run through your presentation all without leaving your desk. Like many of the new features in Office 2011, Broadcast Slideshow makes it easy to get your work in front of clients and colleagues without a lot of extra steps.

Excel 2011
The venerable software for spreadsheet creation and management received a few major improvements in Office 2011. Just like its Windows counterpart, you'll now be able to add Sparklines to your spreadsheet to make your data more visual. Sparklines are tiny charts that sit in a single spreadsheet cell, making it possible to give a visual representation of your data without needing to refer to a separate chart. With only a few clicks, you'll be able to add a Sparkline, and then browse through several different visual styles to give your spreadsheet the exact look you want. It's important to note that Sparklines will only be available to those who have the latest versions of Office for both Windows and Mac, so you'll need to know in advance what version of Office your clients have available.

In keeping with making your projects more visual in Office 2011 for Mac, Excel 2011 now offers conditional formatting tools to make your spreadsheets easier to understand, and not just a wall of data. Now, you'll be able to browse through icon sets to show trends over time and display data bars that make percentage increases or decreases more visual and easy to understand right in the spreadsheet. There are more than 40 built-in formats to choose from, but even if you can't find what you need, you can create your own.

You also will spend less time creating rules for cells with new built-in quick-select rules. A new Manage Rules dialog box makes it easy to quickly modify or change rules so you'll spend less time dealing with complex formulas.

Word 2011
When you need to do some writing, whether it's for a newsletter, a brochure, or a slick-looking resume, Word 2011 now has a number of features to help you get your project done quickly. By using the aforementioned Template Gallery as a starting point, you'll be able to browse through thousands of premade forms, letters, and layouts to get the right template to fit your needs.

A new publishing layout view in Word makes arranging elements of your document much easier, with drag-and-drop functionality that automatically causes your text to wrap around objects you import. Dynamic guides appear automatically when you need them, or you can keep specific guides on the desktop while you work for easy access.

You'll also now be able to manage formatting using a new Visual Styles pane. Helpful for keeping formatting consistent, the Visual Styles pane shows where in your document specific styles are applied using a handy numbered and color-coded system. This is a major improvement over previous versions that often had users struggling to figure out which parts of the document included specific styles. Now style changes in documents are laid out in front of you.

One of our favorite features for keeping focused on your work is the new Full Screen View. With this new Mac-exclusive feature, you'll be able to write or read without distractions, blocking out everything but the specific tools you need. You also can customize your workspace with a large selection of backgrounds and page-turning effects when in reading view. There have been third-party full-screen reading solutions before now, but having the option for a distraction-free workspace within Word 2011 is a welcome addition.

Office Web apps and co-authoring
One of the biggest additions to Office 2010 for Windows was the addition of Web apps that let you work on the go. With Office 2011 for Mac, you'll now be able to easily take your work with you as long as you have an Internet connection. You can save your Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files online, then access them from anywhere--even with proper formatting--and you'll be able to use a slimmed-down, but familiar Office-like feature set. Best of all, it's easy to switch back and forth between your desktop and Web versions of your work. You can create your document on your desktop, for example, then save it to the cloud (via Windows Live SkyDrive or SharePoint 2010), then make small edits on the road via the Web apps, and then open them again on your desktop to continue editing. What sets these apps apart from Google Docs and other services is that your documents and spreadsheets retain their formatting, giving Office 2011's Web apps a leg up against online counterparts.

When you need to work on a project with one or more co-workers, new co-authoring in Word and PowerPoint lets you edit the same document or presentation with someone in another location. Once connected, you'll be able to see who is working on the document and you can quickly communicate with them as long as you have Microsoft Messenger 8 installed on your Mac. Also, with Office 2011's new co-authoring technology, you won't get locked out of a document when your co-worker goes offline; all of your content is still available so you can continue working.

Conclusions
Does Office 2011 for Mac offer enough to make it worth the upgrade from earlier versions? Absolutely. With all the new features that will save you time from quick image edits within the suite to easy sharing of your work, and much more, Office 2011 is a huge improvement over Office 2008. New templates and quick access to video- and image-editing tools are welcome additions for those who create visual presentations of their content. Serious spreadsheet power users will like the new features that tie data together in Excel while making complex data more accessible in the Ribbon and more exciting visually with Sparklines. Outlook's new conversation-view features for saving time managing your e-mail could save daily e-mail users a lot of time, if they're willing to learn the ropes initially.

With it's return in Office 2011, the Ribbon is clearly the preferred method across the entire suite for getting to features quickly. If you didn't like the Ribbon in Office 2008, you probably won't like it now, but we think there's plenty of utility in having a common interface tool across all the apps. If you're still not convinced the Ribbon is worth your time, you can turn it off easily and use familiar drop-downs and palettes.

The new Web apps and co-authoring features make Office 2011 a bit better than Google Docs solutions, letting you easily retain your original formatting and providing an easy way to switch from online to desktop with only a couple of clicks. iWork remains a viable alternative and might be a better choice in an all Mac environment, but if you need compatibility across both Windows and Mac platforms at your workplace, Office 2011 is the way to go.

Office 2011 is a worthy upgrade for those who desire new templates and visual styles, better ways of editing multimedia content in publications and presentations, and easier methods of collaboration. The ability to work from anywhere with the new Web apps is surely a big reason to upgrade if your job requires that kind of flexibility.

 
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5 stars

"genius code for mac home and business 2011"

September 08, 2011  |  By beyond456

 |  Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2

Pros

great deal. cheap price

Cons

free download link will be provided

Summary

looking for a genius code contact yuanmao5566@gmail.com

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1 stars

"Excel 2011 for Mac: Another Microsoft Piece of Junk"

August 24, 2011  |  By billhiltonjr

 |  Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2

Pros

I regret I have nothing nice to say.

Cons

Plenty of bugs, with an over-bloated "ribbon" that is very non-intutive. As others have said, this product apparently was rushed into the market long before it was ready.

Summary

I purchased this product because it is compatible with the latest OS for Mac (Lion). When I try to open many of my Excel files created in Office 2004 for Mac, I typically get a prompt saying some data are missing. Worse yet, when I try to look at many of the hundreds of charts I have painstakingly created through the years, those charts are no longer legible.

I called Microsoft tech support to report this problem and learned that MS changed the way charts are rendered in Excel 2011 for Mac and that larger charts are reduced to gibberish.

This is an unacceptable aspect of the "upgrade." I have spent literally thousands of hours creating high quality Excel charts I use in my research, publications, and public presentations. The tech support person tells me the only options are 1) for me to re-do all these charts, or 2) for MS to write code that offers a fix. Since the problem is created not by me but by a change to the application, I would hope MS will do the latter and provide an upgrade or some conversion code. Until then I can't offer very high praise for a faulty product.

ADDENDUM

I've been trying to re-build those charts only to find I can't even build similar replacement charts in 2011. In my latest call to Microsoft tech support, I learned that there is no way to add text to a chart except as an uneditable image, which means you can't add and format any explanatory labels within a chart area. Furthermore, 2011 no longer has a way to add equations to a chart, which means you can no longer have a number within the chart area or in an axis label or title that will update automatically when the number changes on the related spreadsheet. These and other shortcomings are just plain unacceptable and Microsoft should be ashamed of such glaring omissions. Who knows what other problems lurk in the shadows?

The tech support person says the ability to add text and equations to charts was probably deleted from Excel 2011 because not enough users said it was needed. Obviously, if Microsoft did any product research they didn't ask me--a long-time user of Excel for Mac. Guess I'll be using iWorks and Numbers more and more in the future.

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1 stars

"Absolutely No Comparison Yet and Unstable"

August 23, 2011  |  By Watch-This-Space

 |  Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2

Pros

Use of Spotlight in Outlook

Cons

Crashes a lot still, even with all updates.
Very poor functionality compared to Windows Office 2007 - amazing lack of correlation to features that Windows users have come to rely upon, especially for business users.
Exceptionally poor support.

Summary

I am rarely moved to write a review of anything, but this product has been so carelessly designed and launched that it boggles the mind as to how a 'professional' organization can consider launching in the state it was/is in.

Generally I am a MS fan having used Office on Windows for longer than I care to remember, latterly 2007 version. The suite is an essential business tool. Having converted to Mac 2 years ago (for various reasons) I had to maintain a Windows platform on the Mac (via Parallels) for business as document compatibility issues and the less adequate e-mail, calendar and contact management capability on a Mac does not really cut it out to be a mainstream business office suite. So I was very pleased to have purchased the Office for Mac 2011 on the day it was released; listening to the marketing blurb it was my dream come true to save my battery and speed things up by not having to run a virtual machine. How wrong could I have been?

In a nutshell, this product is simply not fit for release. I'm sure that MS are working hard to correct the MANY bugs and functionality issues that I have happened across in my pretty solid use of the suite since I loaded it up. Having converted all my e-mails to the new format (which worked pretty well) I am now stuck with it - there is no return path. Frankly, I wish I'd carried on with my virtual machine for another 12 months or so.

Some examples to help you understand my frustrations and to warn others who are serious office suite users and will surely suffer too:

1. We all know about the synchronization issues for calendar in Office 2011, but what you may not know is that there was also a serious issue with contact sync. I have over 4000 legitimate contacts and so activated the sync to ensure my iPhone and laptop were aligned from Outlook. Turns out that through some odd quirk blank contacts are generated and I ended up with almost 60,000 false (blank) entries over time (you don't spot them as you don't search for blanks) and they are impossible to delete without crashing Address Book. It's a known issue according to the MS support team. Their advice: "turn off sync". Thanks MS; very useful advice. 'Stable door, horse bolted' springs to mind. I fixed it in my own way after a lot of web-searches, but had to wait until patches were released to turn sync on again (currently back off again as the Lion upgrade has caused more calendar issues).

2. Apart from Outlook, Word is probably the tool I use most for reports etc. but I am also a reasonably heavy user of PowerPoint and Excel. At first glance they all seem fine, which is why many reviews rate them quite highly. They are quite pretty, although some useful and rather essential features from Windows have not come through to Mac, such as being able to navigate through a document using forward and back controls (which is essential when you use link tools). When it comes to 'industrial use' the products fail miserably. Regular crashes (sound familiar?) and hanging, combined with some weird adaptation of features that is simply not logical from a user perspective (and certainly do not match the Windows version) all adds up to a 'wait until it's fixed before you buy' recommendation. Who knows when that will be though. Trying to get any decent interaction with the support team was also a chore.

Microsoft have clearly not tested this product with serious users. If they had, I am sure they would not have had the nerve to release the product as it currently is. For those wishing to 'upgrade' to Office 2011 for Mac, consider whether you really want the headaches. So far I have probably wasted about 4 or 5 days of my life trying to compensate for the issues that this 'upgrade' has brought me. And as a self-employed consultant, that is time I can ill-afford.

In their defense, MS did finally offer to refund my purchase. But the "only way" that would do it would cost me more in my own time and effort than the purchase price. Great customer experience!

It's a real shame as there's a significant market of Mac productivity suite and virtual machine users to win over. Now I wonder if too much damage has already been done to seriously affect the market. Maybe MS is simply not that bothered?

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1 stars

"No Stars. Beach Ball forever."

August 21, 2011  |  By Hoffmnron

 |  Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2

Pros

None. Loved Office in Windows.

Cons

Beach Balls forever. Takes 10 minutes to open Outlook. Slightly less for excel

Summary

Sorry lost there for a moment waiting for the beach ball to diapers ven on input to internet forms like this one. I am so frustrated with the poor performance of Office on the MAC. Of course, the Genious Bar says, "Well, we don't support MicroSoft." My guess is this might be a LION issue, but right now I am about to give up on the MAC. Huge cost to learn that Office does not work well on the MAC. I was told by the apple sales guy, there was a seamless transition. Horse crap. Watch out for this product on the MAC.

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1 stars

"What a mess"

August 12, 2011  |  By anumanum

 |  Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2

Pros

Very hard to make a call on anything positive. After reading, I can say, I haven't crashed thus far, and I have the ability to mouse scroll back (something I have painfully missed due to incompatibility with my mac and the older version)

Cons

Everything that was at your doorstep is now buried in multiple clicks and in icons you just don't need on a regular basis.

Summary

Just awful.
No more quick double clicking a picture to resizing. Have to keep the massive ribbon/tools available on the top bit of the page because I need bits from everywhere.
Can't float what I need anymore - (I can float tools but only some) Each file has to have it's own tools at the top.
I have to change my display preference so I can get to the page resize (bottom right corner) and tabs because they disappear off the bottom of my computer screen.
The print preview that was nicely located next to the print button is now buried. Making headers lost the doubleclick quickness.
The preview icon looks the same as the page layout icon and you find yourself clicking that instead constantly.
At least 90% of the icons I never use in day to day management. But I'm stuck with them. I've tried to configure it to what I need only, but there is no way. I'm just a dumb user.
Someone in excel upgrade land has been told some pretty strange demographics on it's users. I reckon most of us out here on the coal face don't need or use all the crap on a day to day basis. Options are not about stuffing them all statically in our face. They are about giving us a choice. Even letting us right click and delete icons out of each area would be a start. We all know how to go in and retrieve the ones we use once a year just fine. If you allowed this on every feature, then you would find you didn't need to create 7 (with probably more on the way) tabs to search through. I'm not an excel expert. but I am probably as proficient most general users... and 75% of my workload uses excel. I'm praying someone will call me a stupid newbie and let me in on all the secrets to fix this. For now, I think they are trying to be really clever and dissappearing up the proverbial. Time to consider alternatives. Blaaah.

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1 stars

"May have some good features, but doesn't work well."

August 09, 2011  |  By emyulick

 |  Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2

Pros

The last two months of trying to work with this suite have been too frustrating for me to have found any real "pros". Seriously.

Cons

Difficult to sync with 2004 version's mail. Retrieving and importing my whole "identity" into Outlook took half a day and many attempts, and it still didn't do it all. Powerpoint just keeps crashing when I try to open a previous version's file.

Summary

So sad, really, that Apple had to "get into bed" with Microsoft. I understand the "need" when part of a company is PC-based and part is Mac-based, but, wow, the two sides still don't mesh well. I'm running a new MacPro with OS 10.6.8 and was having a problem with Office 2004 (yes, that's right) in that the body of my emails were disappearing and could only be read in the "source" code! Enter Office 2011, supposed to "fix" that problem. It didn't. Our mail server is Exchange 2003 (uh huh) and Outlook 2011 doesn't support it. I have Powerpoint files that were created 2 years ago, saved both as .ppt and .pps, that will only crash on opening. Office in general doesn't seem to be compatible with its own previous products. Haven't really worked with Word (because I use InDesign instead). Excel seems to be okay, but this whole package only gets 1 Star because it's mostly a waste of time and money.

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4 stars

"Simply excellent"

July 26, 2011  |  By Piotr Grella-Mozejko

 |  Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2

Pros

Intuitive, stable, many good features. The Office components are much faster than their 2008 counterparts. On my 2010 27" iMac with Core 2 Duo 3.33 GHz with 12 GB of RAM (Mac OS X Lion) the Office runs like a charm. Same on my old 2007 MacBook Pro.

Cons

None significant, really, except for pasting text into MS Word (see below).

Summary

I have used MS software for Mac for well over 20 years and - with very few exceptions to the rule like MS Word 6 - I have always been impressed by the overall performance of these programmes and the level of compatibility with Windows. Office 2011 is no different. And contrary to some opinions, I think that Outlook is excellent although I must admit I do not use the Exchange server (BTW, why is this option not included?).

Office 2011 is a bit of a bloat-ware (is Office 2010 for Windows not?), but where does it say you should or should not use all the features? Like with many modular programmes just use what you need. My main complaint: pasting text into Word invariably cancels the default language. I am very uncomfortable with this flaw - I do consider it a flaw - because it costs me a lot of time to go back to the Language tool and reset it to my favourite UK English every time I paste text into the document I am working on.

One advice, if you permit me: Do not hesitate to explore the programmes constituting the Office suite. Play with them and you shall understand how useful and well-designed they are. My experience is the harshest complaints often come from people who may not necessarily have learned how to use software properly. Also, the general condition of the operating system on the given machine will always play a significant role in how software performs.

As always: RTFM and you'll be much happier.

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1 stars

"Hope springs eternal."

July 06, 2011  |  By WeebNYJ

 |  Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2

Pros

You will feel great joy imagining a seamless port of your legacy Outlook and Office files to a slick and gorgeous Mac. Enjoy that felling.

Cons

Buyer's remorse will set in as you experience Outlook crashes in pst file imports and numerous other rough edges. Save your money and take no comfort in Apple's One to One program promise -- you will soon learn it only applies to APPLE software.

Summary

Great idea but poor execution. You will spend countless hours going over Knowledge Base websites and/or shelling out $s for premium support. Disappointing

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4 stars

"A program in very wide use, esp. the Windows version"

June 26, 2011  |  By EISEISEIS

 |  Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2

Pros

If you have used it for a long time, you probably know your way around
in it. Most businesses use it.

Cons

I will never master its complexities and will always need a printed manual to consult for help when I'm in over my head.

Summary

While it is an enormously useful suite of programs. and is well integrated in its various parts, for a simple Mac user like me. I'd like it to be more user friendly.

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1 stars

"Very poor development. An exercise in frustration."

June 16, 2011  |  By manny khool

 |  Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2

Pros

Compatible with MS docs around the world.

Cons

I feel I've been taken for a ride in purchasing this software. It's clunky, buggy and feels like the developers rushed it to get it out the door. Outlook still offers no syncing ability with the Mac and I've already had a corrupt database.

Summary

Makes me wonder what the reviewer at cnet actually reviewed. I just can't see how this is a 4-Star product. Every Excel spreadsheet I open and try to save gives me warnings. Word refuses to maintain formatting when I cut and paste and Outlook is simply a joke gone wrong. Stay away from this insult.

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What's new in version 14.1.2
This update fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security. It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code.
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date June 15, 2011
Date Added June 15, 2011
Version 14.1.2
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Office Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel/10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 113.63MB
File Name Office2011-1451Update_EN-US.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,607,193
Downloads Last Week 15,172
Pricing
License Model Update
Limitations Not available
Price $199

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