I'm waiting (excitedly) for my new iMac and as a migrating PC user, wonder if the MS Office suite for Mac is a good way forward? I will be interacting with work etc all of whom are PC based networks or individuals...
Currently Being ModeratedRe: I'm waiting (excitedly) for my new iMac and as a migrating PC user, wonder if the MS Office suite for Mac is a good way forward? I will be interacting with work etc all of whom are PC based networks or individuals...Jan 16, 2013 4:50 AM (in response to Tablespider)
First, I'm still using OS X 10.6.8 and iWork 09. My comments refer to that OS and that version of Pages. I do not have Office for Mac because, I guess, I'm a "purist" at heart. I have heard that Office for Mac works better on a Mac than does Office for PC works on a PC but I don't have any direct experience.
I use iWork (Pages) for my written documents. If I'm going to send a document to someone who is using a PC, I'll create a duplicate of the document as .doc and send it. I've had no problems with PC users opening the .doc version though I have heard that there may be some "formatting" problems (undefined) on the other end. Another trick I'll use is to create a .pdf copy of the document and transmit that. The problem is it is a "snapshot" of the document that can't be worked on at the recipient end. I've also been able to create .xls copies of charts that I've created in iWork (Keynote) that I've transmitted to PC users. The version of iWork I have (as far as I know the only one currently available) allows you to create "PC-compatible" documents.
When I've received .doc documents on my end, I've been able to open them using Pages with no real problems. If you're receiving a .doc document, you'll be asked how you want to open it. You choose Pages and, voila, it opens.
I suppose that if I was regularly interacting with PC users, I might add Office for Mac. I'm not really sure.iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 3.06 Core 2 Duo, 8GB, 27" Screen
Currently Being ModeratedRe: I'm waiting (excitedly) for my new iMac and as a migrating PC user, wonder if the MS Office suite for Mac is a good way forward? I will be interacting with work etc all of whom are PC based networks or individuals...Jan 16, 2013 6:26 AM (in response to Tablespider)
The Mac and Windows versions of Office aren't exact but I've never had trouble trading files between users. I work in mostly PC environment and no one has complained about my files. In fact, because our PC's are sourced from multiple vendors, we have had font conflicts between Windows users because one computer came with software that included a certain font or family of fonts and others didn't have it. It is ironic that I'm the go to person (with my Mac) for such issues.
If you do lots of file sharing Mac Office really is the way to go. A no cost alternative is LibreOffice, an open source offshoot of OpenOffice. Tanya mentioned iWork, Apple's suite of word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation program. They can open and save Office files but there are limits. Heavily formatted documents (especially those that include graphics) don't translate well. They also use a very different GUI philosophy than Office so there's a substantial learning curve. I prefer iWork but when I'm dealing with files I'll be sharing in the office I use Office.
Currently Being ModeratedRe: I'm waiting (excitedly) for my new iMac and as a migrating PC user, wonder if the MS Office suite for Mac is a good way forward? I will be interacting with work etc all of whom are PC based networks or individuals...Jan 16, 2013 4:59 PM (in response to Tablespider)
Not specific to the MS Office stuff, but others have answered that, but since you're a newcomer to the Mac, see these:
Switching from Windows to Mac OS X,
Basic Tutorials on using a Mac,
Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts,
Anatomy of a Mac,
Switching to Mac Superguide, and
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition.
Additionally, *Texas Mac Man* recommends:27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
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If you know you're going to be exchanging files with PC users of Microsoft Office, I would advise getting Microsoft Office for Mac. You'll eliminate possible unwanted formatting changes going from, say, Mac's Pages applications, to Microsoft Word on a PC.
To some here, this might be heresy, but nothing other than MS Office for Mac is as compatible with the PC version of the applications. There's also the added advantage that both platforms work pretty much the same way...so if you know how to do something on the PC version of Office, that knowledge will work on the Mac as well.
If you didn't think you'd be exchanging any files with PC users then, yes, I would say iWork (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) would be the best solution.
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If you will be interacting with your employer's office system that is based on Windows & MS Office, then I highly recommend MS Office 2011 for Mac. Even more important if your employer's email system is based on MS Exchange. (While I know Macs and Apple Mail can interact with MS Exchange, overall it's better if you are also on MS Office. Based on my experience, over the last 10 years, at least.)
I use MS Office 2011 Mac with multiple companies' Exchange systems and have never had a problem. Ditto have never had a problem exchanging Word, Excel, Powerpoint files. (There are some very minor differences between the Mac version of MS Office and the Windows versions of MS Office, but you will not often encounter those differences.)
Apple Mail, iWork, Numbers, Keynote, etc. are also beautiful products that work extremely well. But there is a degree to which you risk formatting issues between the Apple products and the MS products. I have encountered this most with Powerpoint <-> Keynote conversions but it can happen with the others too.