Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Office 2011 not worth the price, save your money!"

    December 11, 2010  |   By drdanelliott

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.0.1

    Pros

    I found nothing in the new system to like and lots to hate.

    Cons

    Word still crashes. Entourage is no longer included so if your work place uses it, you have to keep that from the previous version. PowerPoint no longer will save as html so if you use that frequently as I do then you would be out of luck.

    Summary

    Microsoft falsely advertised this product as bringing the Mac version up to par with the PC version. Not only does it NOT do that, it has lost other functionalities that PC version has enhanced in its 2010 edition. The Excel program still does not include all the tools found in a PC version.

    When I tried to get answers from Microsoft, just after downloading and purchasing this program, I found nothing but a brick wall. The phone numbers given do not work and the emails are left unanswered. The online help is automated and takes you into a circular loop that never gives real answers to the problems. This, of course, is nothing new with Microsoft where Mac users are concerned. I challenge CNET to correct their attempt in their initial review above to make Mac users believe that Microsoft has any good intentions where the Mac community is concerned, except, for taking our money without giving us an equivalent quality product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No MathType and no EndNote support"

    December 3, 2010  |   By ttjjcoutts

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.0.1

    Pros

    Nothing to commend this whatsoever.

    Cons

    I can't think of any strength that this offers. I have immediately begun to migrate to i-Work, which works perfectly. I wasted my $160 for a Home and Student edition.

    Summary

    Without MathType and EndNote support, this is useless to me. It doesn't even open Word 2008 documents properly. After a second or two the document disappears and I am asked to approve an error report because Word has unexpectedly closed. I dislike MS as a company and feel I have been cheated of the $160 it cost me for a Home/Student edition for 3 machines. I have avoided profanity in writing but not in my mind!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best change for the Mac. No need for Parallels anymore"

    November 28, 2010  |   By alex_sch

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.0.1

    Pros

    Fast, solid, finally turns Mac into business machine

    Cons

    Outlook does not do delivery confirmation

    Summary

    We've all been waiting for this. Finally we can get all the bells and whistles our PC friends have had. Excel is incredible: the prior version seemed identical to the one i used when I left grad school in 1994. This is an excellent change. I've not opened Parallels once since the day I installed -- which was the day it came on the market.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Outlook pathetic"

    November 28, 2010  |   By cowgirl1313

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 13.0

    Pros

    W/EX/PPT getting better

    Cons

    Outlook terrible - Can't sync calendar with mobileme or anything including iPhone. Really? REALLY?
    Outlook crashes constantly

    Summary

    Get home/student version - do NOT buy Outlook. A calendar app that doesn't sync with iPhone or laptop or google cal? Unbelievable waste of money and a huge disappointment.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No WORK menu; doesn't read archived files from old WORD"

    November 18, 2010  |   By profeloco

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.0.1

    Pros

    NOTHING AT ALL!

    Cons

    I had loved and relied on the "WORK" menu in previous versions of WORD to allow me easy access to useful files that were otherwise deeply embedded in folders on my hard drive. Now, it's GONE... Files created in previous WORD versions are unreadable.

    Summary

    I hate this program. It is a waste of good money. I wish there were a way to return it for a refund, but my new MacBook Air came with it installed. I cannot believe they took the WORK menu off the toolbar. This WORK menu "WORK" menu in previous versions of WORD allows easy access to useful files that are deeply embedded in folders on one's hard drive. I had been wondering for years why the Windows version didn't have it! Totally stupid decision. Much, much worse is that all the files I created in previous versions of WORD are completely unreadable. Either the formatting is wacky or the pages are actually blank. WHAT were they thinking?? I almost wonder if my own, personal copy was somehow corrupted. I am also wondering why virtually all the reviews by "professional" reviewers writing in computing magazines and web sites are five star reviews. Are they receiving bribes or travel junkets to fancy resorts by Microsoft? Hmmmmm... Maybe there ought to be a Congressional investigation...? Don't buy this product.

    My husband has been singing the praises of Pages for years. He abandoned Office years ago. Now might be the time to switch, Mac Users!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Make my Mac work like Windows? Now that's just wrong !"

    November 15, 2010  |   By 2C

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.0.1

    Pros

    Nothing special. Unless you're a windows user trying to drag your baggage onto your new Mac.

    Cons

    The major issue encountered day 1 after my "upgrade" is that Office 2011 requires you to use DOS-type file names - that is no "special" characters - not only files but the folders they are contained in.

    Summary

    I've used only Mac and Excel & Word since they first came out in the early 80s. They always conformed to the Mac's freedom to name files and folders using what MS calls "special characters" I have thousands (or more) archived files. This freedom existed up to and including Office 2008. Now it's gone. MS Tech support (the first time I've ever had to call them) says the developers tried to make 2011 Mac version more compatible with the Windows version. This after years of trying to make Windows operate more like a Mac! I bridled at first when MS forced me to buy Word & Excel in a suite - I've never used Entourage or Power Point. Now there's even more garbage bundled up with it, all about Windows compatibility. This is no longer a Mac product. GARBAGE !!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless programme and even more incompetent support"

    November 10, 2010  |   By c.j.vr

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.0.1

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing

    Cons

    Downloaded the software - unable to open a single application despite an activated product. Support from Microsoft after seven business days from clearly an incompetent adviser.

    Summary

    Not worth the frustration. Microsoft is not capable of supporting this product. They advocate that they would contact you within one business day. I had to wait a week to get an e-mail from a technician unable to understand what it means to a user that cannot open a single application from an activated product. Avoid this product at all cost. There does not appear to be a solution to the problem ? they avoid to come back to you!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Lethal update"

    November 10, 2010  |   By AustinLawDog

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.0.1

    Pros

    No pros. This update is lethal.

    Cons

    Once installed on a MacBookPro i7, running OS X version 10.6.4, Outlook crashed immediately upon startup. No troubleshooting resolved the problem.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can't Update"

    November 10, 2010  |   By linfeld

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 14.0.1

    Pros

    There are no pros.

    Cons

    Update does not work.

    Summary

    This update does not work because it can't find my Office 2011 14.0 software. Maybe because I also have Office 2004 on my drive.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Sticker Shock"

    October 30, 2010  |   By donlevy--2008

    Version: Microsoft Office 2011 13.0

    Pros

    Very little...

    Cons

    The Student/Teacher version is MANY times more expensive that 2008 version, with a reported by others here as far less functionality and ability to work with Apple's own software.

    Summary

    Version 2008 with three licenses cost approximately $150 and included Entourage for email, a very robust and possibly even better than Outlook for Windows users. That's $50 a license. Now, parents will have to pay $450 to get the same number of licenses. And even if the "upgrade" price were in tune with the price for 2004 and 2008 (student/teacher). Excuse me, but that's a 300% increase. Makes one want to stay with 2008 or switch to Apple's Mail, etc. Makes no sense. Am I missing something? Curious minds want to know.

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