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2.0 out of 5 stars Held to ransom, 19 April 2011
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I generally agree with the other reviewers here (particularly the 3-star reviews) although I can't help feeling that we've all developed Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to Microsoft Office (and perhaps all Microsoft software). Are we honestly using MS Office because it's the best available, or because we love the end-user experience? Or are we really using it because it remains the de facto standard (particularly within large corporations)?

If you want to produce MS Office compatible documents, ensuring they will open in someone's MS Office installation on Windows while preserving the formatting you originally intended, there really is no substitute. If iWork or OpenOffice could do the same, I'd be ditching Microsoft Office in the blink of an eye

Office 2011 does have some minor visual and performance improvement above the previous version, but still an awful lot of bloat, many unnecessary and redundant features, some questionable UI design and the desperately old-fashioned and not very Mac-like update mechanism that requires quitting all MS Office Apps, and Safari (why?), and then downloading and installing a 600+ MB package.

This remains software that I use because I am forced to, rather than because I choose to.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2011 14:05:40 BDT
Urban says:
you can always use google docs if ur that unhappy with it :/

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2011 20:17:22 BDT
I'm afraid Google Docs isn't a viable solution for my line of work. I am often working inside company networks that have no external access and where their documentation and spreadsheets are so heavily bound in obscure MS Office features that I doubt Google Docs would be able to handle them.

Posted on 12 Feb 2012 13:21:14 GMT
You have hit the nail on the head. It's about formatting consistency. MS Office is not angelic but, having used iWork, Open Office, Star Office and Libre Office on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms I know that files do not transfer between these programs authentically and need huge amounts of repair work to put hyperlinks back in and generally fix formatting issues. Linux programs seem to be the worst because they seem to be in a continual state of development and change.

I don't like being stuck with MS Office (for Mac) either but its a matter of backing the most widespread product to cut down on compatibility issues.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2012 13:31:47 GMT
Urban says:
Yes that's why I had suggested google docs as that would work on any platform with any modern web browser.

Posted on 3 Jun 2012 08:52:01 BDT
Troyat says:
Couldn't agree more. I have installed Lion on my Mac, which has disabled a lot of my apps including my serviceable old Microsoft Office, which I must have for work. So I am being held to ransom. Grrr!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012 08:56:32 BDT
Urban says:
Why don't you just use office online through hotmail? lol there are loads of alternatives if you really dislike MS Office as much as you guys say.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2012 21:48:38 BDT
OverSpender says:
I have been missing MS office! I have an abundence of "One Note" files that I can't open, there have been a number of issues, after more than 10 years of MS Windows & office, when my hard drive failed I was persuaded to buy apple, I have regrets but enjoy the challange! Thanks for your comments..

Posted on 25 Feb 2013 11:54:51 GMT
P. Handley says:
An interesting posting I completely agree with the statement Bout most people use office as it is the standard in large corporations.
However the happy space invader does state that there is no alternative, which isn't the case.
I have a mac and do not use Microsoft office to create word or excel documents, instead I use apples pages that can be saved as word files and apples numbers that can be saved as excel files. I regularly create spreadsheets and documents on both my mac and iPad and send these to the office and visa versa.
Also these apps that apple have created, pages and numbers are not only easy to use but also very reasonably priced.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2013 01:02:50 GMT
OverSpender says:
As a recent Apple convert (Windows since it came out),I agree and support this statement...
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