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4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars
Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 (Family Pack)
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on 13 November 2011
Recently moved across from Windows to Mac and boy am I glad that I did. But I still need to use Excel and Word for work so I had to buy Office for Mac. The functionality is as good as it is on Windows and documents and workbooks shared with windows users present no problems whatsoever. Visually I find it stunning to use on a mac too. Many Mac users are real Windows dissenters but Excel and Word have been around for a long time and as such are very sophisticated packages and get the job done well. As for Microsoft's usual bloat, who cares? These Macs come with 500 Gig hard drives as routine, mine has 1 TB, so what's the harm?

All in all, does what it's supposed to 100% and looks great, hence 5 stars as I can't fault this product.
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VINE VOICEon 31 October 2010
This is Microsoft's best attempt by far to produce productivity software for the Mac. I have the Home & Student version, which came with a three-Mac license. At this level, you get Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with a load of old Microsoft guff in the form of almost useless accessories. You do get three other useful bits of kit though: the first is Messenger for Mac, which is now fully functional and a very well formed message tool. You also get Remote Desktop for Mac, and Web App support. Of these, the former is far more useful than the latter (I use Remote Desktop to connect my work PC laptop to my iMac, cable-free - works a treat). There is no email app in this bundle - but don't let that put you off (both Entourage and Outlook are shockingly behind the curve these days!).

Word, Excel and PowerPoint now strike a much improved balance between the familiarity and functionality of the Windows versions, and the functional stability and core principles of all good Mac software. All three applications feel slicker, less cumbersome and more intuitive. The apps are all full of excellent features, as you would expect from software that has been developed over so many years, but these are presented well so that the interface doesn't feel bloated. The new ribbon works well, and it's good to see that you can turn this on or off as you prefer. In fact, if you're a Windows user, you'll probably be quite familiar with the ribbon and it will help you make the transition between the two platforms.

It is fair to say that MS Office does nothing significantly better than Apple's iWork suite, so in some respects it's a shame that we still need to feed the MS corporate machine. However, if you're like me - and many millions of people out there are - and you use a Mac as your machine of choice, and a Windows PC as you tool of work, MS Office for Mac does one thing exceptionally well. It allows you to work on the same document, cross-platform, without importing, exporting, converting, or pulling your hair out because what you did last night on your Mac doesn't look the same this morning on your PC. Files transfer seamlessly - full stop!

Actually it does something else very well. The SmartArt tool set, especially in PowerPoint, is nothing short of amazing. It's stupidly easy to use and makes it so easy to prepare highly professional presentations. I just wish iWork had a similar tool.

In summary, you can believe the anti-hype from those who can't see over the lids of their MacBooks and take it as read that MS Office 2011 for Mac is not worthy..... if you want to. I use both platforms - I have to - and I can honestly say that I prefer the Mac based Office 2011 to the Windows version, that I think it represents better value for money as a bundle of software, and that it does make cross-platform productivity the breeze it always should have been.
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on 23 November 2013
No Windows based software converted for OSX is ever as good as a specific OSX software and this is no exception. To avoid any problems, completely remove any previous Office components first using a complete removal method. Once installed it should run fine, but don't forget to quit any of the applications before closing, otherwise the program will self-start next time you switch on your Mac.

Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 loses another star because it doesn't include Outlook, and in order to get this you need to spend over £100 to upgrade to the Pro version! Rip-off!
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on 15 June 2017
Not as good as Microsoft version. Constantly has annoying faults but is useable
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on 11 April 2012
Office for MAC. Well Word has always been a better word processor than Pages lets face it so what choice do we have?. It installs on a MAC fine and if you don't have a disc drive you can download it with the product key in the box. It will go on 3 macs.
Thanks for reading me
James Black
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on 1 September 2017
As described
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on 23 June 2017
Up to Microsoft's rather lax standards. Apple now have duplicated the software, better I think.
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on 18 December 2012
Bought a Mac and need a professional letter writer. I have always used Microsoft office so I was very pleased to see a Mac version.
This works well and writes exactly the way it did on my PC. I only use word so can't comment on anything else it does but it does word well.
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on 23 April 2014
Still prefer Apple's suite but this is great for opening up documents of shared systems. Definitely worth getting is you are going to install this on several computer. (Y)
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on 22 March 2011
I am very impressed with this version of Office. All the previous versions on the Mac seemed largely behind their Windows counterparts. Office 2011 seems to have largely closed the gap_

-The interface finally uses the 'Ribbon' which not only exposes new features that used to be hidden away, but makes them quickly accessible and easy to use.
-The compatibility checker is extremely useful: it tells you if there will be any incompatibility between your document and other versions of office.
-Finally, the start time and speed is improved over Office 2008.

There are a few downsides:

-Sometimes there are a few display bugs and certain buttons don't work. These bugs are resolved by restarting the application.
-There are a few things which are painfully slow (like using 'Find and Replace') and sometimes when I want to choose a different color of text (which is probably a bug).

There is no reason to think that these problems won't be fixed in a future software update.

Overall, I highly recommend it.

(I am using an early 2010 Macbook Pro, 13")
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