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Office for Mac really isn’t Office…ok kinda but not
on January 30, 2014
Office 2011 for Mac, was the first new version in several years; the Business version adding the Outlook e-mail program (formerly called Entourage), which goes for upwards of $200. Much of the work Microsoft has done is to make the Mac version of Office look and work more like the Windows versions.
…but its not…especially Outlook…its not outlook at all.
The new Office suite has gotten rave reviews from people at the “tech” pubs… but being a (initially reluctant) Mac convert for me, in day-to-day interface, Office 2011 is a big WHA wha.
Yeah there are some big new stuff stuff in there, but again, it ain’t MS Office.
The a LOT shortcuts I learned in MS office are not int he mac version, which SUCKS for the advanced stuff I do in excel….
…but the big thing for me, and what I miss the most is Outlook, which is, in my opinion, the best, well thought out, contact management database program for the money. As a sales dog, it is my life loos and having used it exclusively for over the rememberable past, ll sales docs and calendar events, and purchases, and my entire sale workflow fits perfectly in Outlook for MS Office and is non existent in Office for MAC.
Outlook now stores each message as a separate text file on your hard drive, instead of using one massive database, which means that Time Machine backups go much faster. The downside is that switching folders within Outlook — and downloading messages — is dog slow…and also, ay Entourage files only open in Entourage and do not convert to Outlook….again eating computer muscle.
Outlook’s built-in calendar doesn’t sync with Google Calendar, so you can not collaborate with non Outlook people and it won’t respond until the syncing is complete.
Worse still, Microsoft gutted this program. So many of the tools and commands they DID have Entourage, its predecessor, are gone causing even more cross platform michgoss.
Missing commands include Resend, Edit Message, Cleanup Text, Redirect and the option to use the same keyboard shortcuts you’ve set up in Word.
The cheery on the sundae is “Bugs Aplenty”. More than can list in a shot review.
It could be that my expectations are way out of the mainstream. and everybody has favorite nooks and crannies…which means to me that they will find broken features of their own.
To me, however, it’s sad and frustrating to see such slapped together work from Microsoft’s Mac team…they clearly don’t care if MAC people don’t like the MS products.
The unfortunate other down side is the alternative is spending $100-$300 per program for features that function at the level I expect and in harmony that I expect to get back to the interactivity and seamless workflow I need if I want that back….for me i had no choice…its my living….
I’m hoping for better…but not expecting anything.