• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Stars if I could

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Missing key features

    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...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

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

    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

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor value

    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.

    33 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Constantly crashes, needs updates almost everyday.

    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.

    40 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Constant Crashing

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Unoptimized, non usable

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    lax antitrust enforcement and excess market power bring us this

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Way harder than ever to install

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

    31 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy

    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.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Excel: opens an new files by default

    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

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A Step Backwards

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    Idk whats with everyone else but this is fine

    12 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Excel - Special Paste


    I use Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac. I want to say that Microsoft Excel 2016 for Windows is different to Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac - function "Paste Special". This function is better and more convenient in Microsoft Excel 2016 for Windows, in Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac this function is not comfortable. I hope this problem will be fixed in Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac.

    Best regards, Daniel.

    34 of 42 people found this useful

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware... Limited functionality

    I wish I would have read Robert B from Hull's review before purchasing this product. Home&Student package does NOT have the same fully functioning versions of the apps found in Office 365. For example, in the Home&Student version of PPT, you can't record and save a presentation as a movie. Having said that, Apple Support was very helpful in providing a credit as I was in the 30 day grace period. Apple and Microsoft need to update their marketing materials on these products.

    97 of 102 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Caution - this version has disabled features

    Customization features are disabled in this version. I have been using older versions for years. What is new - and this is not in the sales material on the Apple site, is that one must buy the yearly subscription version rather than the one payment and done version, to get full functionality. It is very difficult to even discover this when you have the software loaded - only when I looked in help did I find the "fine print" telling me my version is intentionally crippled. There are other issues as well, like difficult to read small gray on gray menu items etc. I want my money back.

    673 of 701 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Flawlessly

    I recently purchased the early 2015 MacBook Air computer. I purchased this Microsoft Office 2016 because for the last 7 years I have used Word and Excel on my MacBook Pro and that is what I am accustomed to using.
    Before you purchase this item consider the following;
    1. Your MacBook may already contain programs called Pages and Numbers that are highly similar to Microsoft Word and Excel. Therefore, you may not need to purchase this Microsoft Office package. If you have these programs in your computer, test them out to verify if they are sufficient for your needs.
    2. You can easily view and modify any documents created with Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel in the Pages and Numbers Mac Programs that you have transferred over from another computer.
    3. Be AWARE if a document is created in a Pages or Numbers program it CANNOT be viewed in a Microsoft Word or Excel program.
    In other words you can view a Microsoft Word/Excel document with using a Microsoft Word/Excel or Mac Pages/Numbers Program but you cannot view a Mac Program (Pages or Numbers) in a Microsoft Program (Word or Excel).

    I purchased this item because I have two computers that I use; one for solely business and the other is for personal and business. My personal and business computer is this MacBook Air and the business computer is a Sony Vaio. Because I could not view or modify any document created with with using Pages or Numbers with my MacBook Air on my Sony Viao I needed to purchase this Microsoft Office so the documents could be compatable and modified on either computer.
    The upload was easily and took less then 10 minutes. I have been finding no lag from a copy/paste/insert on Excel or Word as the other review had mentioned. Consider though that I have an Air and she documented having a Pro.
    In my situation, I have removed the Pages and Numbers from my MacBook Air tool bar because I will only ever need to use the Microsoft programs received with this Office package. I am very happy with my purchase.
    I hope this review has been helpful.

    446 of 489 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Excel is terrible - even on a brand new 2016 MBP! keyboard shortcuts have changed/gone away, there's horrible lag when deleting rows or doing any kind of cell editing - Excel's giving me the rainbow wheel of death for the first time on this new machine. Weird attempts at smooth cursor movements within Excel make it feel infinitely less precise and snappy. Boo, Microsoft. Going back to Office 2011 til they make it better. Bummed I purchased it.

    477 of 523 people found this useful