We feel your pain, Office 2011 users--and so does Microsoft. While the release last fall of Microsoft’s seminal productivity suite took great strides in bringing Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for Mac into parity with the Windows versions, it also fell woefully short in a few key areas. Help is on the way as an SP1 update for Office 2011 will be released next week, and the main new feature is improved syncing. But there’s a catch…
Spreadsheets aren't anyone's idea of sexy. Here's a cell, it adds up other cells; here's a cell, it averages other cells. And so on. In fact, this has long been the underappreciated workhorse in any office suite, but spreadsheets can pack loads of functionality into those little cells.
Just like Word, Microsoft's Excel has long dominated this realm. Apple has a worthy competitor in Numbers, but how does mobile spreadsheet creation stack up? Which mobile software gives you the spreadsheet power you've always wanted? Let's do the math.
Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac has been out for a little while now, but in case you're still on the fence, Redmond has decided to sweeten the deal a little bit, by launching free 30-day trial licenses for the software, to let you take it for a test drive. After that, you can make the decision for yourself whether to proceed with purchasing the productivity suite.
Microsoft Office has always had a lot of features--too many features, some would say. With menus inside of menus, palettes aplenty, and toolbars crammed with tiny buttons, the biggest problem with Office was finding the features you needed without being bogged down by the ones you never touched. Plus, with the Mac version of Office lagging at least a year behind the Windows suite, feature parity could be an issue, so Mac users often felt like second-class citizens over, for example, the lack of VBA macros.