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909 of 941 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2012
There has been enough written about using Microsoft's office apps versus Apple's on the iMac. I'll not rehash that here. I need every feature I can get my hands on so I checked Amazon today for the best price on Office 2011 for the Mac. Given that I only have one Mac in the house I was happy to see I could save a few bucks on the 1 license/1 mac version.

Then I saw the download version available and wondered if I should do that or wait the two days for the disks. The item description said it could take from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 5 hours to download. One of the reviewers said the download didn't work. I thought I'd take the risk anyway given I have all the latest hardware and software, fast cable internet connection, a little bit of tech knowledge, trust Amazon to take care of its customers, and am increasingly enjoying the new world of online availability of everything without having to store disks.

So here's my take: It took me 8 minutes to download the software and 4 minutes to install it. Then I had to get back on Amazon for the software key, as you need to quit Safari to finish the install. Upon starting the software it checked for updates and I needed to install service pack 1 which took another couple of minutes. All in all the process was completely error free and under 20 minutes. It doesn't get any better than this! Highly recommend!

The only reason I might reconsider the digital download is if I was unsure about my internet or hardware/software setup. But if that was the case, then I wouldn't be looking at Office 2011 anyway, as it might not work well on my setup anyway. The thing people need to remember is that upgrading necessitates upgrading -- the best way to keep your old hardware is to keep your old software, but when you want the latest and greatest, be prepared for the costs for all the latest to go with it.
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442 of 478 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2012
This software reminds me of why I recently gave up the PC and moved to the Mac.

All I wanted for work was Word and Excel. I am a pretty advanced user and did not want to start experimenting with Mac productivity suites. So I just decided to buy this, the cheapest version of Office I could find and download onto my 2012 MacBook Air.

Now I may have missed the avoid bloatware button when I installed this software but I was very annoyed to see completely unnecessary garbage installed on my computer without my permission. Microsoft Instant Messenger, a dozen tiny programs I am never going to use. Microsoft even had the audacity to install an Outlook icon on my task tray. Since this package does not come with Outlook I was intrigued (as well as annoyed that so many icons had just been installed) so I clicked it. Nothing but a message telling me I had to buy Outlook if I wanted to use it. Seriously? One of the biggest software companies in the world using adware like a cheap shareware program?

It's especially annoying to have unnecessary junk like that on a machine with only 256Gb of hard drive space. So consider that when installing, maybe there is an option to be more selective and I skipped over it by mistake.

So annoying hard drive wasting bloatware aside, it's Office, just like I'm used to. The interface has changed some, but it seems perfectly usable for my needs. I've not used it enough to establish if there is any major flaws in it so far, I guess time will tell.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2012
I like the convenience of a digital download along with the fact that I can re-download it at any time through amazon services. Why didn't someone think of this earlier? It eliminates the risk of someone losing the CD.
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160 of 176 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2012
Downloaded in 38 minutes for me. MacBook Pro. Installed, including downloading/installing Office updates, up and running 20 minutes later. This 2011 Office will take some learning. Got fed up with IWorks. So many things you can't do in IWorks. Can't open IWorks document in Word. Not totally surprised. But I can transfer Word/Excel/PP docs from my old Mac.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2012
The download was quick, and within 20 minutes I was using Excel. I looked at the comments before purchasing, and 2 were bad and 3 were good. This worked great for me... very smooth. I recommend it!
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2012
If you've been working in an office environment for years and years and decide to buy a Mac for home use...it can be a bit frustrating. Do you really want to re-learn something as simple as a document? Did not care for Mac word processor at all. I want to open a new doc and get it done without reformatting every little thing to get it the way I want it to look. I'm sure the Mac editor is just fine but not for folks who've been using windows for 10+ years. Got old excel files? Want to open them in a Mac? What are you going to do? This is worth the 90 bucks to regain familiarity and productivity. From download to updates to opening existing files is about 45 minutes with a good internet connection. If my Mac starts misbehaving I'll come back and whine but for now, all my old files open just fine and look the way they should. I'm a happy camper...
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2012
I could not function without this product. It was very easy to download and everything gels together.
This is not my first time ordering software from Amazon and I would purchase similar products from Amazon in the future.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2013
I bought this software in June of 2012. In Oct. of 2013 that computer it was installed on crashed, and needed to be replaced. When I talked with the Microsoft people, they told me that even though I managed to delete Microsoft Office from the crashed computer, it didn't matter. I would still have to buy a new license to use it on my new computer.

I do think that's a big greedy of Microsoft. I wasn't trying to use it on two computers. Paying another hundred dollars, just a year later because my computer crashed, is difficult, since I'm absorbing the cost of a new computer too. No wonder Bill Gates is so wealthy. I wish he would divert a little of his wealth into treating his customers fairly.

Guess I'll see if I can do the writing I need to do on Open Office.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2012
After the free software trial expired on my new macbookpro, I found the best price here online for the Student 2011 version. The download was quick and easy. Word, Powerpoint and Excel were all I needed and I am VERY happy with my purchase. I was up an running within an hour.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2014
The previous title of this review is "Font Handling is still Not Compatible with OSX Mavericks as of 5/3/14, March 18, 2014" I retained it below the line of dashes but it is no longer relevant.

I have just done a complete uninstall, as the program became un-usable after updating to OSX 10.9.4. As far as I can tell this is because Apple may have changed some of their library handling. And yes, I again went through the published steps to correct the problem. Perhaps the error is mine and I'm not dotting the right i or crossing the right t. But at this point I will not waste another hour on it. I will also not buy the competing Apple product since I believe much of the fault is theirs and both behemoths make too much money over updates like this. So I will install an Open Office app. I like the Apache build so will try that one first. And if I still like it after running it a while I will donate to their cause.

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I bought my copy of this program from Apple rather than Amazon. I don't know if Amazon tech support could help but I do believe they could do more than Apple and Microsoft.

I finally got it to limp along on my OSX Mavericks computer on 3/17/14. The only way it works is by doing a reinstallation without its fonts. Prior to reinstallation I had to do a complete removal per instructions on the Microsoft website. these instructions include the manual removal of over 200 files. Prior to complete removal I did all the other proposed fixes. Prior to my second round going through the other fixes I realized that this was the worst incompatibility I've encountered since I installed a 300 baud modem on an Apple IIe in 1984 and had to rewrite the entire modem OS in AL.

Nothing else helps. Repairing disk permissions doesn't help. Identifying and removing duplicate fonts doesn't help. The massive update offered by Microsoft doesn't help. Removing the long list of duplicated fonts, dumping the font cache, dancing in circles in front of the campfire, patting your head while rubbing your belly, all the hokey advice by level 1 help desk techs.

Installing this program is like watching a bad movie about two low functioning people getting a divorce. Microsoft blames Apple. Apple blames Microsoft. In a circle without end. If an unlucky reader needs Apple or Microsoft tech support, they need to have done all the steps recommended by the online forums before they call, including having an available copy of the system information and error codes otherwise neither company will pass them on to a level 2 support person.

I suppose the two companies will sort out their blames and fix the font handling bugs sooner or later but people who need to work with Word on a Mavericks Mac need to find another go-around for the immediate future.

Edited on 5/3/14 to add that the font handling still is not compatible with Mavericks. So just get used to running it without its font library and getting a compatibility error flag on every document. People who need to work on DOC and DOCX files should be aware there is an Open Office word processing product which still does better than this dog, even so long after problems should have been resolved.
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