• 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.

    24 of 24 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.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 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.

    15 of 16 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.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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.

    16 of 17 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.

    17 of 17 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.

    11 of 11 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!

    13 of 13 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.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Software

    • Written by from Appleton

    Being a college student, I use these programs every day and I have had absolutely no issues. I can't speak on this version compared to the 2008 version, but the 2011 set up is very effective and can do a ton of things. I have had no problems with crashes or being slow and I would highly recommend to any old PC user turned Mac user, or as even just an upgrade from iwork.

    8 of 12 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.

    13 of 13 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.

    24 of 24 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.

    26 of 27 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.

    29 of 35 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 $$.

    28 of 32 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. :-)

    25 of 26 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.

    25 of 28 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.

    24 of 28 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.

    22 of 23 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.

    8 of 11 people found this useful