• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Office for Mac

    • Written by Rachel G from North Miami beach

    I bought a new apple computer as my other one crashed. I've been using office for mac for years for my Powerpoint presentations and word. I bought the new office for my new apple computer...OMG what a disaster.
    I am in the middle of my presentation presenting in front of 500 people and my powerpoint stops working...WHAT?????? Rather than improving Office, they made it worse. I will NEVER purchase it EVER again. The problem I have is that all my presentations are created in Powerpoint and since I can no longer access them, I have to recreate all 15 of them in KeyNote...This has not only cost me time an money, but much embarrassment as well. Microsoft for Office is not made for professionals. I need something I can rely on when I need it most. i gave one star because zero stars was not an option..NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER again!!!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Buggy and not full-featured

    • Written by Don G from Seattle

    We're sort of stuck, aren't we? Apple's Pages and Numbers applications just aren't as robust and customizable—but Office 2016—as I write this three years after its release date—is still buggy and not as full-featured as Office 365 for the Mac. For example, you can't customize toolbars in 2016 like you can in 365. (Microsoft says it's adding customizable toolbars in Office 2019 for the Mac, available this October.)

    Obviously, Microsoft wants you to be a "member" and subscribe to 365 (just like Amazon and Costco), so it treats the stand-alone programs as step-children. I'll probably explore Pages and Numbers once more, although when I've done it in the past, they just didn't have the same feel.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wouldn't install on OS 10.13.6

    • Written by Michelle C from Richmond

    I purchased the download of this and it would not install. I spent several hours trouble shooting, with no luck. After almost 2 hours , Microsoft tech was able to install it, I had to give them remote control of my computer for them to do so. I wish I had read the reviews before I bought this. What's going to happen to it when the next OS update is issued? Shame on APPLE for selling this with this known issue.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Work

    • Written by Nicole E from Bountiful

    Microsoft has a known issue of Office 2016 not activating in Mac. I've spent the past two weeks in a nightmare of trying to get Office activated while each of the techs I contact fail with their supposed 'work around' fix while Microsoft engineers try to fix the problem. Not everyone has this issue, but I'd recommend not getting 2016 Office for Mac if you can avoid it.

    80% of what I do on a computer is in Word. If Microsoft can't get their act together and fix it, I'll be both returning the computer and lodging a complaint that I paid for services not rendered (the Office suite that refuses to activate).

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    be aware before buying

    • Written by James P from Waterloo

    I downloaded Office for Mac Home & Student 2016.
    I upgraded from Office 2011 for Mac and decided that I could do with the 64 bit application.
    It runs alright and seems faster and smoother... However, I cannot record a Macro to open two fave spreadsheets.
    These macros worked on Office 2011.
    I can record a Macro to open a New blank spreadsheet but not the ones I have created. I can also create a Macro to resize columns in excel, so that works but then I cannot save the macro in the Quick Access Toolbar with the name I want.
    Some of my research seems to indicate that if you have your stuff on OneDrive then it works, but I do not want that.
    I have found lots of 'would be answers' that don't fix the problem. Some have suggested there is an Apple Sandbox 'thing' interfering with Office doing its job...

    I can make this work and Pin my files to the Recent Files used option and that is a work around.

    The one good thing about this: that is a hard learning experience for me is: I first started using Microsoft Office in 1996 and at the end of the day... there may be more functionality but a word processor is still a word processor... Microsoft are great with the icons and buttons to just 'one press' does something rather then Control + ? At the end of all this I will not be in a hurry to ever update to the latest again.

    I spoke with Microsoft support about this; I have wasted enough of my own time on this and really need to move on.

    My advice = go to a store where a iMac/MacBook ?? has the latest version of Office installed and try some of the functions that your current version can do, before buying.

    I am on Version 16.15 (180709) as I post this and tried the update before posting...

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Program I've ever ran.

    • Written by Mitchell W from Machesney Park

    I work as a developer and occasionally have to work in spreadsheets for work...this garbage excuse for a program consistently crashes during copy and paste functions on the same computer that I use for all of my development. Every sheet I get now I just upload to Google Drive and use Sheets, a program that is actually capable of handling copy and paste. There is no excuse for this type of program from a major corporation and anyone who has paid for this product is being swindled

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This is the worst program ever.

    • Written by Brian P from 용인시

    It's literally trash. When im using it it freezes repeatedly and keep deletes my stuffs. Please do not spend any money for this awful and disgusting trash program.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Christopher F from New York

    Microsoft Excel on the Mac is a disaster. It is far worse than earlier versions. If you filter anything, it provides you with a mini-page with check boxes to file on/off different rows. The problem is that the checkboxes appear checked when they are not checked and vice/versa. So you spend a ton of time trying to figure out what is going on. This is really just a representative problem. It crashes. Moving from one highlighted cell to another is slow. The pivot tables are really cumbersome now. Sometimes part of the screen shows different rows from other parts of the screen. I would recommend trying to buy an old copy of an earlier excel version and just use that. Under no circumstances use the new version. I also think we all should unite to avoid paying Microsoft any money for this junk.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Stars if I could

    • Written by Sharam H from Houston

    No surprise here, but not only did Office for Mac fail to activate, but I spent NINE hours with Microsoft tech support, six on hold or waiting for a call back. When I finally did speak to a 'Tier 2' support person they said 'oh yes, there is a bug. We are working on that. Try logging back on in 48 hours."

    Will use my old version on my old computer. Willing to be part of a class action lawsuit. I lost 8 paid hours.

    62 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Missing key features

    • Written by AAKASH G from Chelmsford

    Can't do (as opposed to Office on Windows) -

    Open embedded word files or embed files in a .docx file
    Use complex Macros..limited functionality
    Open XML files in excel
    No trust settings

    Poor value for Oracle development and had to depend on a windows laptop...

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How I Wish I'd Never Bought This "Upgrade"!

    • Written by Christya I from WHITEFISH

    What a complete waste of time and money. I'm now downloading Office:Mac 2011 (I can't find my original disk) to reinstall it and trash this worthless upgrade that I just wasted $150 (and two hours!) on! I'm so PO'd!!!!!

    I wish I could rate is ZERO STARS

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor value

    • Written by Howard S from OTLEY

    Despite the claims, using MS Office is not like working on a Mac. Take one example, MS Powerpoint claims to have caught up with Keynote's 'Magic Move' with the introduction of the 'Morph' transition. I wouldn't know, because this isn't even available on the Home and Student version. Why not?

    What raised my blood pressure the most about this product was that they sent a box through the post in a diesel van, full of cardboard packaging and instruction, that contains a number to type into the download. Why?

    I am totally underwhelmed.

    59 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Constantly crashes, needs updates almost everyday.

    • Written by Alexander Michael C from London

    It needs to update every other day or so and has to close all programs to complete update. Crashes quite often and generally does almost nothing you want it to do properly.

    Mainly speaking for Powerpoint and Word. Excel seems to work fine when I use it.

    Don't waste money on this.

    63 of 72 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Constant Crashing

    • Written by Antony P from Peters field

    The thing is, numbers and pages are rubbish too, so I suppose it's the lesser of two evils but even with the new updates Word constantly crashes and trying to format the page is like trying to code .css for beginners, you move one thing and something else moves. Not user-friendly.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

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    • Written by Michael W from Plano

    Unoptimized, non usable

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    lax antitrust enforcement and excess market power bring us this

    • Written by Joseph F F from Washington

    So far, not so good. I upgraded to the most recent version of office, and already regret the decision. Excel now not only crashes at random, but somehow it has the power to take recovery/backup files with it when it crashes. One wonders if they program these bugs on purpose. Does it behave better if I pay more money to keep my files on OneDrive? And in Word, it has become even harder to include graphics files, even when generated within the Office product suite (so embedding Excel generated objects in Word just does not really work without going through workarounds.) I am used to Microsoft PowerPoint being incompatible with itself across platforms, but this compatibility problem on the same machine, with an integrated software suite, seems a bit much. But I won't say don't buy it. Probably your colleagues, coauthors, and employer are all locked in to Microsoft, so you will have to buy this, and the next version as well, regardless of the comments you read here. Good luck.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Way harder than ever to install

    • Written by Chao Y from Chicago

    I should've respect people's review on this product. Should not purchase it. miss Microsoft 2011

    59 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy

    • Written by Balu N from Bellevue

    I am not sure what is happening between AAPL and MSFT. I have never seen a product for Mac that is so horrible as Excel and Word for Mac. If anyone is trying to switch to mac and plan to use a lot of MS products, hold off! you will do yourself a favor.

    None of the features work properly and the worst part is that Excel keeps freezing every other hour. It comes with all kinds of weird messages like "cannot be saved". Do you want to know even worse than this? It is not that just Excel freezes, but the entire Macbook freezes :(.

    I thought I was finally over the torture of having to deal with all the stupid freezing that used to happen frequently in Windows machines. But now they have exported this to Mac as well. Microsoft is the most incompetent company in its size and they are living off of their old glory.

    But Apple is no better either! After so many years, they still don't have a product that can compete viably with MS. Their Numbers are pathetic. They should have come outright and say that they won't support MS products unless it meets basic standards. Jobs would have done that. Now we have a bean counter at the helm, so I guess that is what we should expect.

    Best thing to do is to learn Python and Tableau and totally get out of Excel like products from MS.

    There are so many problems in Excel that I won't have enough space to post it all. But rest assured that It is going to be a nightmare for those who rely heavily on Excel and other MS products for Mac.

    I have seen many people posting similar sentiments for a while now but nothing has improved. The hubris of these giant tech companies are palpable. Most new products from all these companies are worse than they were a few years ago. There is no innovation and it has only devolved into productivity nightmare for users.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Excel: opens an new files by default

    • Written by santosh N from Dubai

    I have seen this bug from earlier version but it hasn't been rectified in office 365, 2016 too .

    Scenarion: I have unintentionally choose the Excel on App bar but closed the application without choosing the new file but still it opens a new file.

    After installing the office 365 i get heavy noice on MacBook Pro

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A Step Backwards

    • Written by Mauro P from Toronto

    Office 2016 H&S version has a bit of lag overall compared to previous version (2011 H&S), especially when scrolling to a new page there is a delay before text appears. I'm using the new program on a one year old MacBook Pro.
    I've been using Office 2016 H&S for only a few hours and found that the Ribbon can no longer be customized like it could in the previous version... a lost feature. Also, word or excel pages do not always open to the same size as when it was closed, which apparently is a bug that has not been fixed since first introduced in 2016.

    The new program is about 5 times bigger than previous 2011 version, which likely explains the slight lag. Too bad Office 2011 H&S is not being supported any longer, since it was quicker, compact in size, more customizable, and had no bugs. Seems like a step backwards, but usable.

    12 of 12 people found this useful