Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I like Microsoft products"

    September 3, 2012  |   By annabellevi

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.3

    Pros

    Easy to work with

    Cons

    I have to pay :))

    Summary

    Great program

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  • 2.0 stars

    "the Track Changes Feature is NOT what it is for PC"

    August 14, 2012  |   By watterson5

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.3

    Pros

    Please!!! cut, paste, pass this review on. Help save thousands of people heart ache and frustration! Then... if Microsoft sees that the word is out about their product -- maybe they will respond before all of us going to MAC instead of PC finally ditch them because they refuse to address major problems with this product. AND... they mis lead the buyer into thinking their product works with MAC when it doesn't.

    Cons

    Track changes are not recorded in Time Machine
    Will make the program unstable if used in a document for more than 6 or 7 lines!!
    Microsoft office does not take advantage of the Lion Operating system that backs up your data every ten minutes.

    Summary

    I am an author and loyal -- LOYAL Microsoft Word user. So loyal, that when I purchased my first MAC two years ago, it was under the condition that I could use your program.
    While Apple has since added their track changes feature to Pages to try and compete, nothing matches Microsoft Office Word.
    However, it has been 2 years of frustration and heart ache and I have learned all the small print details about Microsoft Office that make it completely unworkable for MAC.
    First... any author's concern is in loosing her work. the Lion operating system has the ability to save your work every ten minutes-- but only if you are using an Apple product..
    Microsoft, however, has NOT taken advantage of this feature. Thus, when Microsoft Word freezes -- as it frequently does, all of your work is lost. If the computer completely shuts down, what you have done in the last ten minutes can be found -- but in a hidden place by pressing GO and library and going go Auto Recovery there. No one knows this. The people at Apple dont know this and so they so into preference and try to set you up a new auto recovery file there which only messes things up even more.
    2. The track Changes feature does not work in MAC the way it works on my desk top PC. Microsoft misleads the customer by not telling them this. In short, if you ask Microsoft they will tell you, track changes should only be sued for about 6 lines total! After a year of frustration, I found out that whatever is done in track changes is held in a temporary state -- unrecognizable by Time Machine. Over and over time machine will try. but then, eventually, your MAC will freeze and all of what you have written is now lost. Please cut and paste this and pass it on! I'd like to help as many people as possible understand the frustration that lies ahead of them with this product if you are an author, using track changes -- or NOT ( I finally gave up on using the feature I loved most) and if you spend hours on a document -- with no hope of recovering it when it is lost.
    FYI, the best back up is Drop Box as Carbonite will only save a document AFTER you close it. THEN.. you can only retrieve it after 24 hours!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "thumbs up for word , that it? where is Publisher?"

    July 22, 2012  |   By gary148

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.3

    Pros

    Nice to use word on my mac directly .

    Cons

    Need Publisher , i hate this Lion , as i could run virtual machine and boot camp. but just cannot afford any more spending on soft ware. lion sucks as you cannot use the programs that run on Snow leapord

    I so with i could , Now i have to buy another PC with windows XP

    Summary

    Mac need to understand our needs And not be in this game to dust fill their pockets, What goes up comes down. If it don't have energy to keep up. We are that energy! So Mac need to get the next OS right for us and mostly affordable or free to make up for their mistakes.

    Microsoft office without publisher is like having a car without seats.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I tried to resist going to MS Office but..."

    July 16, 2012  |   By cdzero

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.2

    Pros

    First let me say that I have worked with other office suites for mac and sincerely avoided going to MS Office for a very long time. But after trying Office for a week I am fully sold and I have purchased the software. Let me just say that Microsoft Office Word and Excel blow out of the water Apple's Pages and Numbers. Not even close. I have also tried in the past other office suites such as Open Office and Libre Office. Those are good attempts to deliver software that is very functional but again, they could not touch Microsoft in this realm. I am not giving here specifics because I believe that there isn't much you cannot do at least with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. I wouldn't buy MS Office if your interest is mainly Outlook. Microsoft offers a 30 day trial. Stop drinking the no-microsoft cool, try this and you'll see what I am talking about.

    Cons

    Can't complain here. I bought Office mainly for Word, Excel and Power Point and they all perform as expected and in my opinion much better than its competitors.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Loss of functionality over its predecessors"

    June 29, 2012  |   By richarddelightful

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.2

    Pros

    None, compared to earlier versions. If you just do the standard stuff it's still OK.

    Cons

    PowerPoint, for me as a professor, is the biggest problem. I used to be able to fly through the process of adding custom graphics. Now it's incredibly time consuming and difficult. It's really very bad and I am looking for an alternative office suite for my home computer and even to replace the version provided by my university on my office computer. That means, to me, it's worth less than $0.00. I've used OpenOffice and it's kind of slow sometimes and there can be compatibility issues with Microsoft Office (that's why the rest of you should stop using Microsoft). But using the latest version of Office makes it imperative for me to find something with more functionality in the creative graphs.

    Summary

    Why pay for this product?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not as good as 2008 or 2004"

    April 14, 2012  |   By oltredding

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.0

    Pros

    I have not found any feature or menu feature that is better than previous editions. If anything, it is worse, not as intuitive nor as powerful. I see no good reason to update to 2011

    Cons

    The word processing tools I have enjoyed for many years with Microsoft word seem to be degraded in this version. Updates are somewhat forced. This morning I received an update alert with compelling rhetoric. I did the update to Microsoft Office 2011 only to discover it broke Outlook 2011 which I had paid an additional $99 for. I used time machine to get back to just before the update, but now most of my archived mail is missing.

    Summary

    After this most recent experience with Microsoft Office I am again actively seeking a permanent alternative.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No problems... ever."

    April 14, 2012  |   By Carl Hansen

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.0

    Pros

    No compatibility issues.

    Cons

    Startup can be slow.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Many Problems with excel after updating"

    April 14, 2012  |   By James Nelson

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.0

    Pros

    Can't think of any Pros.

    Cons

    I went back to 14.1

    Summary

    Next time I hope Microsoft will test Word 2011 before they release their updates. I will just have to wait till this update is fixed.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Still dog-slow in Excel"

    April 14, 2012  |   By dakota.kid_dotmac

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.0

    Pros

    Windows compatibility. As a Mac only user, this ain't terribly useful

    Cons

    Word is okay, although feature-bloated. But Excel stalls at the least provocation. Microsoft claims it's font issues, but following instructions on the MS Mac help site doesn't really fix the interminable beach ball at every calculation, change in format, and sometimes for no reason. It's really inexcusable. If I didn't use a couple of the Excel only features, like the grouping function, for example, I'd use Numbers, even though Numbers has much less in the way of power user features.

    Summary

    Slow as a dog, with no fix in sight.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No Database!"

    April 12, 2012  |   By Kid Mac

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.0

    Pros

    minimal!!!!

    Cons

    I should have stuck with 14.1.

    Summary

    I updated to 14.2 from 14.1x and now Outlook doesn't recognize my database. I had to rebuild from scratch! A terrible journey!

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