• 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.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Office for Mac is not what they claim...

    • Written by from Woodend

    There is a significant number of functions that are lost compared to the MS PC version. One example is that you cannot view documents side by side and sync the scrolling. These office products should not be sold as equivalent to the MS PC version. They are a partial version of with most functions included.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Necessary Addition

    • Written by from Leominster

    When I decided not to own a PC anymore and go with an Apple Mac, I was in a minor predicament. What to do with all my Microsoft documents, etc. Well, Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 was the answer. It did take a little getting used to, as it was laid out a little differently than what I was used to, but it was easy enough to get used to. No issues to date with this product.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Auckland

    Works well unless you need to insert iPhoto photos into a document then it will most likely crash. Writing reports becomes very frustrating as I have to keep starting over if I haven't saved. Argh!! So keep saving throughout. Such a nuisance and a waste of $$.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Office for Mac 2011 (Office 365 subscription)

    • Written by from Murfreesboro

    I purchased the subscription from Microsoft, hoping to leave all of my PC issues behind, but MS doesn't play well with Mac. Three weeks in, I've lost 5 or more days of my "365" due to server connection issues and now (drum roll please) a log-in problem that won't let me use the software I purchased...and even if asked not to, my comments re: support should be allowed as I did the 'chat' thing and was passed around and finally given a phone number to call. After 15 minutes on hold, I was told that the "known issue' did not have a current fix and I could try again in 24 hours. :-)

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's supposed to; get it from Apple

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Basically, it does what it's supposed to do. Be warned - the install process was a convoluted nightmare. If you're going to buy it, get it from Apple, not some other entity.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    • Written by from Chicago

    I don't know why all the negative reviews, I love this product and mainly use it for work. There is still a lot of need for word in the office place and this works great on my iMac and Mac book pro both with mavericks installed. Honestly though for personal writing I much prefer the apple pages and numbers but that's a preference. If your looking for office get it, works great. Just make sure you update it.

    16 of 16 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.

    11 of 12 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes and Slow

    • Written by from Hanover

    I much prefer iWork over this.

    16 of 23 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

    34 of 44 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--

    28 of 33 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 27 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

    21 of 24 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.

    24 of 25 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.

    37 of 41 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.

    57 of 65 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.

    34 of 39 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.

    72 of 79 people found this useful