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Microsoft reveals Office for Mac 2011 will be 32-bit only

Discussion in 'Apple Software' started by EVH, 10 Jun 2010.

  1. EVH


    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

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    Location: Wales

    Couldn't see a thread for this, and I know a lot of people hated Office 2008..


    Can't say I'll ever need 64 bit for Word, but it would be nice for the larger Excel spreadsheets I use for work (that iWork simply falls flat on). Mainly the Macro support, and Office 2008 is so poor I cannot even use it.

    On the plus side for Office 2011, they've upgraded the UI so it resembles the Windows version a lot more closely. Look at the top 2 small pictures for the current UI differences.. pretty awful. Now look at the bottom 2 pictures. A step in the right direction if you ask me :)
    Last edited: 29 Jul 2010
  2. tsinc80697


    Joined: 10 Apr 2006

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    Location: North West

    A step in the right direction for unifying the UI across both platforms but **** me does it look awful.
  3. FreeStream


    Joined: 10 Apr 2004

    Posts: 13,376

    As long as Excel 2010 isn't as buggy as 2008 I don't care what it looks like.

    Office 2008 is the ****est piece of software on my computers, sadly due to compatibility reasons and iWork not quite being as comprehensive I have to stick with it.

    (Don't even mention open office, yea great it maybe free but its awful)
  4. mr.sly


    Joined: 25 Jul 2006

    Posts: 3,847

    Definitely an improvement for the UI, I hope Verdana isn't the default font for new documents though.
  5. azteched


    Joined: 9 Jun 2004

    Posts: 423

    Do people really need to address > 4GB in any Office program?!
  6. EVH


    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

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    Technically, no. Theoretically? Possibly with massive excel spreadsheets.

    I have several in work that require big memory as they're referencing several other spreadsheets, so when a macro is run it can burn CPU and RAM usage. Only reason I don't use a Mac at work (Office 2008 for Mac cannot handle them).
  7. hoolio_uk


    Joined: 3 Jun 2010

    Posts: 13

    It looks a lot nicer than Office 2008 - have never been able to get the hang of floating windows in MSOffice Applications
  8. ps3ud0


    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

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    Location: Luton ;)

    An old thread but Ive been looking to get Mac Office 2008 Home and Student - should I delay getting that since 2011 is coming out (by end of the year I hear if not sooner?!?)

    Also the reviews of 2008 make me feel like Im wasting money on the bugger. Will still have access to Win Office 2003 still...

    ps3ud0 :cool:
  9. EVH


    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

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    Location: Wales

    Avoid 2008, if you have experience with Office 2007 on a PC.

    The UI is so erratic you'll be smashing the keyboard up within minutes. I'd wait for a bit, or bootcamp in to Windows if it's critical.
  10. ps3ud0


    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

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    Location: Luton ;)

    Cheers mate,

    Basically decided to bootcamp Win 7 with Office 2010 and keep something like OpenOffice/NeoOffice on Mac OSX

    May not bother with Mac Office 2011 - will see about pricing etc...

    ps3ud0 :cool:
  11. craptakular


    Joined: 7 Jan 2007

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    Location: Sussex, UK

    oh hell yes! Office 2011 for mac looks 10000000000000x more useable from that screenshot.

    I got office 2008 and when I came to use it I frustrated with the UI, everything was totally different on Mac!

    2011 looks very similar to office 2010, which is ace, as I will need to use office on win and osx.

    EDIT: Riddle me this... why can't the mac version have the same headers like in the windows version?

    Why cant they make the osx version exactly like the windows version, except for the actually osx theming?
  12. MacRS4

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Dec 2008

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    Location: London

    For what it's worth the x86/x64 argument for Excel while true (it is x86) the memory model on Excel is far better on 2011.

    I can load stuff that I just couldn't in 2008 - for example I can load a CSVDE dump of a 450,000 user Active Directory in Excel 2011, 2008 won't.

    It's looking good. Best thing so far is the Outlook client - it's way better than Entourage.... which isn't that hard really :)

    It's not up to Outlook 2010 standards I don't think.

    Also, there's now a Mac version of Office Communicator that fully supports all the telephony functions.... this is a massive bonus for me.

    All in all it's looking good.

    Also, load times for both word & excel are massively better. I mean huge.
  13. Adrianr


    Joined: 3 Feb 2008

    Posts: 5,460

    Why can't the UI be identical? Adobe manage it fine :S
  14. SteveWD40


    Joined: 26 Jul 2010

    Posts: 49

    Do you need to Bootcamp or is Parallels suitable for just using Office and ACT in Windows 7?
  15. geekyEd


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    Location: Reading

    That UI looks too cluttered for me but I am sure its customisable. Still for the small amount of word processing I do pages is great.
  16. theheyes


    Joined: 17 Jan 2007

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    Location: Manchester

    They really should clone the Windows UI, it's awesome and all the logic is done for them. I don't understand why they have to reinvent it for the Mac.

    Anyway in regards to the x86/x64 thing it's the biggest non-issue going. If anything it's better as you won't have to suffer the inevitable "which version should I buy/install, 32 or 64?" questions.
  17. AfterEffect


    Joined: 23 Mar 2009

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    Location: Midlands

    But then they are giving business a reason to use Mac.