• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I paid retail for this!? I expect a free upgrade to a new version that runs

    • Written by from Alameda

    As others have noted we should demand a refund from Microsoft for this embarrassing beta. Oh wait, I paid full retail!

    Can I give this zero stars? A pico star? Half a star?

    It is s........l........o.......w......
    I am so frustrated that I will give 5 examples that cost me 1 hour of productivity today while building a simple spreadsheet.

    1) opening a new Excel document 10-20 seconds on MacBookPro with 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 240 GB of free hard drive space and 2 apps running. It doesn't matter if I have 10 apps open or 1, it's just as slow. Why?

    2) Excel numeric computation of simple math = A1 * B1 takes 4-5 seconds. It takes the same time regardless of the only entry on a new spreadsheet or a larger spreadsheet of 60 months by 150 lines with basic multiplication of 2 to 5 digit numbers. I have an 1991 Powerbook 170 with 25 MHz 68030 that runs Excel much, much faster. Why?

    3) Word scrolling. I've used Word since the days of Multiplan on the first Mac. Scrolling text on a page is obvious and simple. But this version literally takes 4-5 seconds to scroll up or down - and that's assuming you're in scroll mode A or scroll mode B. Should I use the keyboard arrows? Or should I use the "page up" and "page down" keys? Or should I click on the arrows in the UI scroll area? Notice how you literally never know for sure which will work? Notice how you have to click in a place to get it to know what to move - and even then, notice how they don't work consistently?

    4) Copy and paste in Word and Excel. What happened? Suddenly my copy and paste keyboard shortcuts have jumped to voice record? Why? How do I undo or get back other than closing the app. I think it has something to do with hitting "esc" twice in a row, but there's no documentation.

    5) The amount of screen real estate taken up by all the Word and Excel tabs, bars, scrolls, tables, charts, formatting, etc. I figured out that each of these is a product manager's responsibility. And they only get to stay around MSFT if they waste screen real estate and obfuscate the ability to find where to make them disappear and restore more screen area that I can use. (BTW, I have a 15" display plus a second monitor.)

    I remember when I was using Office 2008 and needed to upgrade to 2011 to be compatible with a team member on Windows. Guess what, he's now on a Mac and is also complaining about the Office performance. But he no longer complains about being hacked, so for him it's an improvement.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What a colossal piece of Dung

    • Written by from Burlington

    No kinds words even come to mind

    - Pathetic bulleted/numbered list formatting
    - Pathetic paragraph formatting
    - Pathetic image manipulation (well none at all)

    It is virtually impossible to create a professional looking email in Outlook for MAC or Office 365 Outlook for MAC.

    Call it was it is ... Outlook 1997 ...that's about when the feature set is from.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only For Compatibility

    • Written by from Binbrook

    I only use Office to be compatible with others. It is NOT a user-friendly experience. If you don't interact a lot with people using Office, get iWork - Much better user experience and integrates very well with iOS & iCloud.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft Word Mac 2011 graphics totally frustrating

    • Written by from Adelaide

    Just a quick vent.
    I have used Microsoft Word on the Mac and Windows for many years. I know it is history but I remember clearly working in Word 5.1 for mac and how well it supported working with graphics at that time.
    Anyway, the implementation of the graphics in MS Word 2011 for Mac is the most cumbersome, unintuitive and frustrating product I have used from Microsoft.
    I am inclined to believe it is deliberate because of the excellent software they produce elsewhere.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    • Written by from Saint John

    I like Microsoft Office, but it is terrible on the Mac. If you set-up a Windows Virtual Machine and run the Windows versions, they work like a charm, but running the Mac Version of Microsoft Office is frustrating, slow, and cumbersome.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What happened?

    • Written by from Tarves

    Have been using word for years on windows. However this version for mac couldn't be further from what you are used to, completely useless other than to create an unformatted block of text. Certainly can't produce an academic paper or professional report without spending hours researching how to get basic features back that have clearly been stripped out for this version. Best option is to install parallels with windows and install there to get the full functionality of Microsoft word.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible on Mac

    • Written by from Ipswich

    Office package often refuses to lose focus; when using multiple desktops it will randomly switch you to a desktop using any office application unless you chose to minimise the application to dashboard. Excel in particular crashes constantly, but all elements of office are guilty of this on Mac. Generally buggy and needs serious attention.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    waiting for the new release

    • Written by from Peer

    It works, but that's all said about it.

    Lots of crashes, bugs, freezes... Needs a decent upgrade!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fan of product but not on Mac

    • Written by from Aspendale

    Have used office products since the early days and remain a fan particularly of Excel but the implementation on Mac is nothing but appalling, if you have a Mac, DO NOT SPEND THE MONEY!!! Neither Excel or Word is stable, both constantly crash, have tried reinstallation, tried rebuilding the office database (why I should need to do this I do not know) this was happening on a brand new Mac.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The most problematic software for OS X

    • Written by from Norwich

    The iWork suite wipes the floor with this. The Microsoft apps regularly fail to respond, Outlook takes an age to boot up and the user interface is hideously dated.

    Unfortunately the only reason I still use it is due to third party software only being compatible with powerpoint (Turning Point 5). Otherwise I would bin the lot. Don't waste your money and stick with Apple's in house software.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I wanted it to be good........

    • Written by from The Gap

    Just too unstable to be used on anything serious. Having shifted from the PC world for my academic work I really wanted Office 2011 to just do what I needed. As others have commented though, the devastating and frequent crashes make it unusable for anything important. Inserting pictures, tables, figures etc seem to be particularly likely to cause a crash which can often corrupt your document beyond recovery.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One star is too generous.

    • Written by from Cairns

    The product is useless for anyone working with locked documents, such as the many thousands of report writing templates in the workplace. When re-locking a document all data is lost.
    When saving a document to PDF a 250 KB file becomes anywhere up to 110 times larger making it impossible to email.Don't buy a mac thinking thinking Office Mac 2011 will make the transition easier.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Office 2011 for Mac

    • Written by from Saltford

    I have used Office for Mac for Years. Contrary to popular opinion I eventually got used to 2008 and quite liked it. I now keep both on my system for the moment but I have found 2011 a complete pain. It is over-fussy and the very useful 2008 formatting palette seems to have vanished. I am now reverting to using 2008 - until I work out why reviewers seem to like 2011.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes and Slow

    • Written by from Hanover

    I much prefer iWork over this.

    19 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Office of Mac is worst product I have ever used

    • Written by from Pune

    Office for Mac is very naughty - trouble some. On top of that Office 365 for Mac has many issues. It asks you to verify again and again. Probably it is time to throw away Microsoft Office. We need some thing better.

    Very poor user experience

    38 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    horrible product

    • Written by from FAIRFIELD

    Microsoft is no longer adding much value with new upgrades. And there pirate protection process is overly aggressive now--and can create all types of problems with installation--

    32 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Harvard Referencing

    • Written by from Pershore

    Its too different to Microsoft word on a PC. The biggest issue I have is that I used to use the Harvard referencing tool all the time on my old laptop but with my mac I have to do it all by hand as the referencing styles that are available are not accepted at my University. Soo Annoying

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Clunky, slow, crashed...then froze

    • Written by from Mount Vernon

    xls was terribly disappointing. All features which made xls so enjoyable to use on a PC do not translate well. Layout is terrible and when I attempted to change my tools, xls froze to a complete halt. Macros are impossible to write. When I enlarged to full screen, xls froze. When I tried to change options, xls froze. I think I will try to keep my sanity by keeping the 6-yr-old ThinkPad for when I need to do Thinking Work.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft Office 2011 remains buggy

    • Written by from Edmonton

    For a year and a half I have suffered continual problems with MS Word crashing, and Word's Find function is particularly buggy - doesn't find, or can't blocks typing in the search box entirely, all resulting in vastly decreased productivity and data loss. I'm surprised that such basic functions as "search" haven't been fixed two years after release (I've been updating regularly) - its bugginess is well-documented even in mainstream publications, not to mention the informal Web. MS Word 2011 is not recommended, and not to be recommended!! Most people depend on MS Word as alternatives are so few and usage is so broad, but if you can avoid it (e.g. by using Open Office), do, at least to skip this 2011 version.

    150 of 164 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A nightmare

    • Written by from St.Gallen

    I upgraded from Office 2008 (which in the end ran rather stable on my MacBook Pro) and this was definitely a mistake! The new Word just always crashes! I already lost hours of work. Especially when you copy and past passages within the document the program tends to freeze. Although I set auto-save to 5 minutes, the program always restores a version which usually dates back at least 30-60 minutes. Grrrr.

    155 of 170 people found this useful