Office Mac Home and Business 2011 - 1MAC/1User (Disc Version)
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- Office for Mac Home and Business Edition 2011 from Microsoft is a powerful suite of productivity applications, written for Mac OS X.
- The suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- New features of Office 2011 include Office Web Apps, Coauthoring, a ribbon and toolbar for quick function access, a Template Gallery, photo editing options, a full screen view, slide show broadcasting, and more.
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Probably the biggest change people will see out of the gate are interface changes. I think the move to a more "ribbon like" interface was a good one, that helps keep everything you want together (especially on multiple monitors), but the formatting toolbars are still around if you want to back to those.
Help is now Apple help based, all versions support Automator actions, apps are much more friendly to spaces, spotlight and time machine, VBA is back, etc.
Outlook is a great addition if you're connecting your Mac to an Exchange server at work, and is actually pretty decent on it's own. I think I may actually prefer it to Mail.app, but we'll see how my thoughts are over a longer time scale.
Office 2011 is now intel only, but considering the fact that Apple has also started dropping PowerPC support, I don't think that's a huge deal.
Licensing has changed for the business version, whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends on your situation. Office 2008 let you install a copy on a desktop and a portable computer. Office 2011 now comes in a "1 license" and "2 license" version. If you don't have 2 computers, this might be a positive thing for you, but if you've got a desktop and a laptop, you're probably not too happy about it.
Office 2011 also does require activation, although that's quick and painless. I'm sure some people won't like it though.
Once you get past the above there are some nice features but I can't recall them offhand.
Word: I reliably lose the ability to copy text and can only correct the problem by restarting Word. In addition, Word 2011 has crashed more in a month than 2008 crashed in 3 years. Combined with the loss of the Formatting Palette, of which I was big fan, I consider Word to be a giant step backwards...nice job Microsoft.
PowerPoint and Excel: No crashing or functionality problems, but I also have not discovered any real advantages over 2008. Perhaps there are some, but I haven't stumbled into them. These are neutral, but I still miss the very functional Formatting Palette.
Outlook: Connecting to Exchange server was easy and it works fine. I have had no issues with my IMAP accounts, and the Calendar works especially well. This is a nice upgrade from Entourage.
Overall: The functionality is at best okay. After two years on the market, though, it's unbelievable that Microsoft can't make Word work reliably, especially on a function as used as Copy. I don't recommend upgrading unless you *really* need Outlook. And since Outlook which doesn't come with the Home Edition, I find no reason to give up functionality AND reliability.
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I tried using the systems that Apple developed for the Mac, but there is no comparison to being able to use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. It was definitely worth the investment.Published 2 months ago by Amy North
Buyer beware. Spent 3 hours with tech support only to have Microsoft tell me outlook has know issues with no fix. Recommended office 2016. Seller mislead and now can not return. Read morePublished 3 months ago by b47
Unfortunately Office for Mac is missing some of the features they offer on WindowsPublished 6 months ago by adam renken