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danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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11/16/2014 | 2:14:39 PM
Office for Mac
I wouldn't mind if Microsoft just never updated Office for Mac, it's exactly fine the way it is. 
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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11/16/2014 | 7:42:05 PM
Re: Office for Mac
Ha ha, not sure I agree! I've always found it a bit slower and buggier than concurrently-available versions of Office for Windows. But I guess you didn't like some of the relatively recent UI changes in Windows versions?
PedroGonzales
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11/16/2014 | 9:44:56 PM
Re: Office for Mac
I use OneNote for my android tablet and its great.  I really see Windows products being used on tablets for small edits.  I really prefer the classic UI version of Office products.  For the new UI, they move a lot of the stuff around, it takes me a while to find all the features I use on a regular basis.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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11/16/2014 | 10:58:54 PM
Re: Office for Mac
Indeed, that's a constant tension for Microsoft-- negotiating its need to move forward, and its need to support its massive existing user base. "Why did they move this?" has been a frequent complaint for recent versions of Office. Some people still lament the ribbon. It's one of the pitfalls of Microsoft's success. When you have more than one billion users, some of them are going to want to move fast and break things, and some are going to say, "This is great, don't change it" about decade-old products.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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11/17/2014 | 3:38:49 AM
Mobile Office
I'm actually looking forward to trying this out.  I tried to download these apps onto my phone last week but couldn't get them to load/work for some reason.

I think mobile Powerpoint would be especially useful -- particularly being able to control and change slides mid-presentation from my phone.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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11/17/2014 | 3:42:06 AM
Re: Office for Mac
On the one hand, the "why did they move this?" attitude is something that most companies face when they undergo a UX change (Facebook and Netflix are notable in this regard).


On the other hand, I HATE THAT @#$%*^& RIBBON!!!
Sandworm
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11/17/2014 | 7:11:10 AM
SoftMaker Office HD
Try out SoftMaker Office HD for Android tablets (separately as PlanMaker HD, TextMaker HD and Presentations HD in Google Play store as free betra versions). It not only provides the complete (!) scope of features of the Windows version, but also classic menus (no bulky ribbons) - of course adapted for touchscreen use. The only apps that let you replace the notebook by a tablet, that's a real breakthrough IMO. Microsoft Office Mobile can in no way keep up with SoftMaker Office HD.
jagibbons
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11/17/2014 | 12:04:39 PM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
I haven't tried SoftMaker Office HD, but probably will in the near future. I have tried a variety of other so-called "office" replacements on iOS and Android (Google, Documents to Go, QuickOffice, iWork and a few others along the way). If you use MS Office on a Windows desktop and have a non-Windows mobile device, Office is still the best choice. The transition is now nearly seamless across multiple devices with OneDrive and Dropbox shared storage. So far, Office on iOS meets my needs for when I'm away from my laptop. I hope that the Android version is just a full-featured when finally released.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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11/17/2014 | 1:25:14 PM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
"If you use MS Office on a Windows desktop and have a non-Windows mobile device, Office is still the best choice. The transition is now nearly seamless across multiple devices with OneDrive and Dropbox shared storage."

Indeed. While I'm sure some people with specific needs might quibble over what's "best," I've found it's quite useful to have Office on both my iPad and PC. The idea of using an iPad to compose an entire article sort of terrifies me, but I really like being able to move between devices for tweaks, proofreading, etc.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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11/17/2014 | 1:26:28 PM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
Thanks for the tip, Sandworm. I haven't tried SoftMaker but will have to check it out.
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