• 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good so far

    • Written by from Decatur

    I purchased the Microsoft Office for Mac - downloadable version. It was easy and quick to install but the process was bit redundant, however it is not an issue because it improves the security features of the product. Overall I think it is nice and will need some more time studying the new look and functionality of the 2011 version.

    6 of 7 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--

    33 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great.

    • Written by from Edmonton

    Works well and have had no issues transferring Microsoft PC office items from my office PC to my home Apple Mac Book and back.

    22 of 29 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    All Microsoft garbage I tried to escape from with Mac

    • Written by from Milton

    Simple, old, glitchy. Just as Microsoft office has always been. You are much better off paying $60 for Numbers, Keynote, and Pages which are apps right from the app store compared to $130 for this. Most of the things Microsoft seems to think we find "handy" are more of a nuisance. For example: I bought a 15' MacBook Pro with retina display for school, and decided it would be a good idea to have Excel, Powerpoint and Word for projects, notes etc. What I didn't want was the 9 other applications you get with it which is not an exaggeration. If these programs are needed to function they should be built in. I have no use for Messenger, Reminders, Query, Silverlight or anything other than the three I payed for. And having a pop-up compatibility test recommendation every time you want to save something is pathetic. Just skip it. I feel sick knowing I wasted $70 on this. I maintain the only upside is the compatibility with my school's ancient computers, which can be useful at times.

    49 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Wilton

    This product is an amazing. Before buying it, I read many reviews about it crashing and this of that nature. It hasn't crashed once since I got it and I use it daily for college. It has really helpful note-taking feature that would be perfect for all students. I would just get Microsoft Office for all the people out there debating. Most professors prefer it, and it is an overall amazing word-processing program.

    65 of 75 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    After skipping the 2008 version, I was overdue. Loving this solid version!

    • Written by from Walnut Creek

    Word 2004 used to always crash at the end of a spell check for me. I had to remember to end the spell check before it got to the last item in the document. Not so with Word 2011. I have had no problems with any apps in the Office 2011 Suite. Honestly, though, for the amount that I use it, I really should just force myself to use iWork. Pages is a more elegant and simple app for my uses. Office is more than most people need, it just sells out of sheer momentum.

    37 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Just Fine

    • Written by from Plano

    I originally bought this for my iMac, but ended up installing it on my macbook, and then later on my macbook pro when I upgraded to that, and it has worked just fine on all 3 computers. I took Chinese in college and word had no problem with the Chinese characters at all. There's not much else to say - word, powerpoint and excel all are basically the same as they always have been with just a few new tweaks and improvements. I'd definitely recommend to anyone.

    79 of 88 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Typical MS nonsense

    • Written by from Green Valley

    Software works as it's supposed to but.....

    The installation itself is a travesty of misinformation, confusion, and duplication. Could have been done in minutes if not but for the stupid/inaccurate instructions. And when completed, I had icons, aps, and folders inserted in four different locations for no apparent reason. Really annoying. Want help? You'll be talking to India and some partially-understandable semi-English speaker diddling with a response-tree over a bad connection.

    Typical Microsoft. I needed MSWord so had to get this. However, I was reminded anew why I left PC/Windows/Microsoft behind years ago. Very annoying.

    85 of 104 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Sacramento

    I am a college student. I am always doing research papers and presentation, so the Student Edition is vital. I use it everyday, without any crashes. Many choices to manipulate the paper and coming from windows words it was a easy transition.

    81 of 97 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Houston

    As a professional translator, I rely in MS Word more than anything else. But it continually crashes, several times a day. I close all the applications and documents I'm not using, but it doesn't help. It's just exasperating, especially when delivery is urgent. The search box is much less efficient than the now called "search advanced", which was the regular one before and works well, only you need a few steps more now than then. Too bad, because otherwise, Word is such a pleasure to use.

    BTW, outside MS Word, the search box for "this Mac" is horrible because it gives you approximations, suggesting hundreds of documents that have maybe only one word from the phrase you need to find. It's very inefficient and a great waste of time.

    130 of 145 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Pleased for Both High School and College

    • Written by from Seffner

    I love iWork, but I simply needed office. It has never crashed on me once in my nearly 2 years of use. They seem lightweight, productive, and most of all, compatible.

    I have written my resume, my research papers, and used Excel for my Accounting work.

    iWork gets the job done, but there are always spacing issues when you convert from .pages to .doc. Overall, very pleased.

    99 of 116 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Uninstalled it and reinstalled 2008 version

    • Written by from Oceanside

    Buying this was a waste of money and time... I already had the 2008 version of Microsoft Office for Mac, which was much better by the way. The 2008 version included Entourage (email), and this 2011 version gives the impression it includes Outlook, but it's only the icon, and when you click it prompts you to purchase it separately. Microsoft Word is temperamental and doesn't always give you time to save before crashing. I didn't use PowerPoint or Excel, so I can't comment on those. By the way, why aren't we allowed to purchase Microsoft Word by itself? It would be great to have that option since some of us don't need the other applications... Do yourself a favor and buy iWorks or the 2008 version of Microsoft Office.

    892 of 1060 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.

    153 of 167 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.

    160 of 176 people found this useful