Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac Review

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wsanders123

The one feature that compelled me to upgrade from 2008 centered around the inclusion of Outlook. I read time and time again that Outlook 2011 would be able to read Outlook pst files from Windows. With that in mind, I upgraded from 2008. While it may be true that the Mac version can read pst files from Windows, it is a huge misnomer. It simply does a ONE TIME CONVERSION of your pst file. You can read your Windows files, but once you convert it, the file is no longer compatible with Outlook for Windows.

I was hoping I could use Outlook at work and bring my pst files home, open them on my Mac, do a bit of work (and instead of carrying my work PC laptop around), and then still use the file back at work the next day. That was my impression of being able to READ pst files. Instead, Outlook 2011 allows you to CONVERT your pst files to the new Mac format.

I could accomplish nearly the same thing using Thunderbird from Mozilla, and have been able to do that for years. Without the true integration of Outlook, I might have just stuck with Entourage or Thunderbird and never upgraded from Office 2008.

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danrhiggins

Does not support configurations with external eSATA RAID drives.
Does not support configurations with the new Lacie Thunderbolt external drives.
(In both of the above cases the Product Key validation algorithm fails to work and your must re-enter the Product Key nearly every time you open an Office 2011 application - yes that could be multiple times each day!) Apparently the inept Microsoft software engineers decided to tie their Product Key validation to the hardware configuration including externally connected hardware. (Have they ever worked with a notebook PC?) This means that it will break every time some new technology comes out. Major fail!

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wmitzner

I too was upset that there was no "resend" button in Outlook 2011. HOWEVER, you can resend with a quirk in the system. Go the the sent box and simply hit 'reply to all'. This brings up the old message, with the same person (or people) in the To: box. Hitting 'reply' doesn't work, but 'reply to all' does. Not sure what Microsoft was thinking when set this (without telling anyone), but maybe it was a mistake. At least for now, we have functional 'resend', though.

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rjim@mac.com

The transition to Outlook went smooth and was problem free. However, I hate the changes in the interface, the ribbon can not be customized, it will not read the next unread email only the previously read email and it crashes constantly. A real waste of money in my opinion.

I went back to Entourage.

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rfinkelmeier

I believe that this rating is inflated. Yes there are improvements, but many features of the old Microsoft Office Suite are missing. And Outlook is missing things like, "resend," easy synchronization, etc. Additionally it slows down or crashes frequently.

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htaylor42

The Excel add-in tools, Solver and Analysis Toolpak, no longer come with Office. When you inquire after them in Help, you are directed to third-party publishers (Frontline for Solver, AnalystSoft for StatPlus:mac). You are told that there are free downloads, and indeed there are. But the free versions are what you might call strange attractors for the full, paid versions. The free Solver isn't crippled by its incompleteness, but StatPlus:mac LE (For Limited Edition. There's a bit of truth in advertising.) comes with 17 routines out of about 45.

Furthermore, AnalystSoft has let my support tickets and e-mails go unanswered for over a week. They seem not to have a phone.

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cboyce

With no calendar synching, how am I supposed to get Outlook's calendar onto my iPhone?

Why must the toolbars take away vertical space, leaving a two-inch gray gap on either side of my document? Put the toolbars on the side, where everyone has more monitor space.

Why doesn't anyone at Microsoft say "Wait a minute, a floppy disk is really a lousy symbol for 'Save' since no Mac that can run Office 2011 has a floppy disk drive"? (Was bark and a charred stick already taken?)

I can't believe that Office 2011 is the best that Microsoft can do, after all this time. Plainly, Microsoft still doesn't get it. I'm surprised that MacLife wasn't a little harder on them in this review. To me, the review read more like an advertisement.

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jonblaine

David Pogue had it right in the NY Times.

What happened to MacLife's objectivity?

Huge omission on Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011: No resend button for mail. I use that all the time. And that damned Windows Office 2007 ribbon. Yuck. And there's no indication of the send/receive mail process for POP accounts like with Entourage. I'm sticking with 2008... Save your money and don't buy this.

Sure, get the Home or Student version for Word, Excel and Powerpoint for $100 if you really need it (Word is faster and more stable than its predecessor in my experience), and you can have both versions on your Mac. Keep the Pro version with Outlook on the store shelf. Entourage is maddening sometimes, but it works.

Better still, go for Apple iWork or the free OpenOffice if you don't need complete MS Office compatibility.

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harperfamily007

No mention in the article about the apparent lack of Gmail Contact or Calendar sync-ability.

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silverwink

I’ve worked with some such as Wrike, but found http://www.timedoctor.com is the best software as it is very hard for employees to waste a lot of time.

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silverwink

I’ve worked with some such as Wrike, but found http://www.timedoctor.com is the best software as it is very hard for employees to waste a lot of time.

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silverwink

I’ve worked with some such as wrike, but found http://www.timedoctor.com is the best software as it is very hard for employees to waste a lot of time.

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pipower

If you're currently working for an employer that uses Microsoft Exchange for email, etc., be aware that Outlook 2010 does not support Exchange 2003. (Entourage 2008 does support Exchange 2003.) If your employer hasn't upgraded to Exchange 2007 (and many haven't!), the new Outlook will do you no good.

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soundguyrob

@ rickpdx- I have the new outlook, I couldn't find a read rcpt option in an of the menus.
The rest of the app is so much better than my PCs Office 2007. The outlook is a very mac-cocoa feel app. The attachment preview function is a life saver since every email I rcve has an attachment, I no longer have to open adobe just to confirm info. When I tried to load my day job large email acct on Entourage 2008, it crashed every time due to a "corrupt database" (MS's warning) 2011 loaded perfectly and updated immediately. I have to say I would rather use my mac at the office for my mail than my PC-2007 office suite.

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rickpdx

And why is there still no Publisher for Mac? What in the world is Microsoft thinking not providing this for users?

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chsoundman

I agree. As a graphic designer, I use InDesign for all of my layout work. However, I have several clients (who think they are designers ;-) who always give me their Publisher files. In order to open them I have to use another computer to edit and work with the files. It would be so much easier if Publisher were made available for the Mac so I could stay on one machine.

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rickpdx

I'd like to know if the new Outlook supports what is found in its Windows counterpart, read receipt requested. It is so frustrating that this tool, which is essential for my work, is available on Windows but not in Mail.app.

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tanker10a

I have looked for it and it's nowhere to be found unfortunately.
I've placed the "read receipt requested" in the Search Window but to no avail.

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