Microsoft Office for Apple Mac vs. for Windows

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Hi there,

 

I'm looking into buying my first Apple Mac Pro. I've used Dell and Windows up to now. I'm just wondering, which system is used predominantly in Germany? Is it Windows or iOffice?

 

cheers!

 

turasteanga

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iOffice? Do you mean Microsoft Office for Mac? This is compatible with the Microsoft Office for Windows at any rate. You'll also have no problem setting up a Mac on a Windows network.

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Networks, and Documents formats are 2 different things...

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Clearly, but network compatibility is important in a work environment none-the-less

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Hi there,

 

I meant the Office for Mac, I think it's called iOffice. I'm only new to Mac so I could be confusing something! I'm not sure if it's so compatible with Windows after reading a couple of reviews but I'm ready for a change. I think Windows Office 08 is bringing out something for Mac soon.

 

So Windows is used more commonly then. Think I'll still go for the Mac though :)

 

cheers turasteanga

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I've never had compatibility issues between office for Mac and office for windows.

Smart move to go Mac.

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That's good to hear then! It's a lot more money but I think the quality should be much higher and the design sleeker. That's what I'm after, as well as all the technical genius! :)

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The cases of the MAC's are higher quality, but the internal hardware is the same... In the end your paying for the apple name and OSX..

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In the end your paying for the apple name and OSX..

Not a bad thing to pay for an OS which makes working with a computer as easy as it should without bugging you with security holes, tons of stupid installation and maintenance work, and occasional system crashes, is it?

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As a former PC user I was a little concerned about the switch to Mac, but overall I am very happy with the stability of OS X,

 

I have used office for Mac and also Apples new iWork 08. It really depends on your needs and budget. Although Apple Keynote (with iWork 08) blows away MS Powerpoint

 

Some Application alternatives I am using

Project App: Merlin from www.projectwizards.net

Visio : OmniGraffle from www.Omnigroup.com

 

If you need real Windows compatibility you can also use Parallels or VMWare Fusion to create a virtual Machine (or BootCamp) you will need a MS licence :)

Hope this helps

Kb

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Thanks guys,

 

I'm not too worried about the switchover to Mac anymore as most people think it's a good idea :) It's very helpful to get feedback from users, so cheers for that. Thanks for the website tips, I'll have a good look at those. I was able to go into a shop and try out a Mac for a few minutes which was good. The main difference that felt weird was the mouse with one button and the X (close) sign etc on the left side of screen instead of the right. But I think I can manage that . I've heard other people say iWork is pretty good but will probably get Office for Mac later when the new version comes out. I don't intend to buy another laptop for a few years so this will be an investment. I think most people are still on Windows so was worried about compatability. Mixed reports there, some people saying it's bad, others saying it's grand. Guess I'll just have to find out for myself! :)

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Not a bad thing to pay for an OS which makes working with a computer as easy as it should without bugging you with security holes, tons of stupid installation and maintenance work, and occasional system crashes, is it?

Is this the same OSX that I use on my mac that occasionally crashes, needs maintainance work and has software patches? Yes, they are less frequent than my PC (although my current PC has never crashed) but to make out that OSX is like a PC but with no weaknesses in the OS at all is bollocks. I like both of mine equally. Both have great features, both have no so great features.

 

The Mac is cooler though! ;)

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Sorry to dig up an old thread but this was the most relevant one I found in a search and didn't want to start a totally new one, although I suspect I'm at risk of starting more Mac v Windows discussions.

 

Up until now I've always been a 'Windows person', my existing system is a Dell but as it's getting on in age now I feel it's time to begin looking at my options.

 

From what I've seen of Windows 8 I just don't like this direction so I'm beginning to look at the possibility of switching to a Mac of some sort.

 

My main worries are in the areas of software that I use:

Obviously I use MS Office quite extemsively, mostly Excel, but also Word and Powerpoint.

 

I believe there is an MS Office version for Mac which would solve one problem?

 

My biggest problem here is with my website, designed in FrontPage.

Yes, I know FrontPage was never the ideal tool for many, but it's simple and I chose to use it. My website now has something like 200 individual pages and a full redesign is out of the question.

 

I have read that Mac's iWeb doesn't allow importing of html, so to quickly switch FP into html and then import it to iWeb also appears to be a no-goer.

I also read that I could possibly partition the drive on a Mac and run WIndows in a second partition?

How easy / usable is this?

 

One other option could be to get hold of Dreamweaver for Mac then import html to this, maybe?

But then how easy is Dreamweaver to learn? I've heard it's pretty difficult in comparison to FP?

 

Otherwise I use my PC for storing photos and although I don't use anything like photoshop, I do resize and crop pictures for my website with Irfanview. So I need only basic tools here.

 

Finally, I have two external USB drives for data storage and backup, can these be plugged into a Mac or do I need Mac versions?

If so, how do I easily move my data from these to new ones?

I'm talking about 50-100gb?

 

Sorry for being truly Mac-ignorant here and possibly asking stupid questions, but hopefully the good folk of TT may be able to give me some pointers.

 

Finally, I would expect to listen to occasional CDs and watch some DVDs but am happy to remain 100% non-gaming.

 

Malty.

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...From what I've seen of Windows 8 I just don't like this direction...

 

You aren't the only person thinking that. As a result there are options that allow you to modify Windows 8 a little and use it more like Windows 7. It is possible you'll be able to stick with what you know while using Windows 8.

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Malt-Teaser- I made the switch to a Macbook Pro about a year ago and I love it. I do run Parallels with Windows 7 on the machine as well. Specifically, there are some applications for work that only run on Windows. Additionally, I find Office for Windows more stable than Office for Mac. I have both versions and usually work on the mac OS but if I am doing something in excel which requires linking between several files, I work in Windows.

 

You could use this option to run FrontPage in Windows via parallels or similar program

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Finally, I would expect to listen to occasional CDs and watch some DVDs but am happy to remain 100% non-gaming.

 

Apple has ditched optical drives for the current iMacs and Mac minis. Apparently you are supposed to buy all media from iTunes. I don't see the overriding objective for thinness in a desktop device. There is no point in having a desktop computer with a "clean" design when you have to clutter your desk with all sort of additional devices at extra cost.

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Apple has ditched optical drives for the current iMacs and Mac minis. Apparently you are supposed to buy all media from iTunes. I don't see the overriding objective for thinness in a desktop device. There is no point in having a desktop computer with a "clean" design when you have to clutter your desk with all sort of additional devices at extra cost.

 

I agree. I was going to buy one of the new iMacs to replace my old Mac Mini, but when I discovered it didn't come with an optical drive I bought a new Mac Mini and a separate drive for half the cost. The point of the iMac was that everything was integrated in one tidy machine. It doesn't matter if its 5mm thick at the edges or 30mm. You're not going to be carrying it around! I like Macs but the new iMac is form over function.

 

With regard to Office for Mac, I have that as it saves a lot of compatability problems when sending to or receiving stuff from Windows machines. I've never had any stability problems, in fact I think excel and word work better than on a pc.

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Thanks for the advice and tips, it may not all be what I wanted to hear, but it's what I need to hear.

 

My timescale isn't screamingly urgent, I'm looking at replacing my old system during the course of this year, so I have time to visit a couple of Apple dealers and have a look at what is exactly on offer. In fact there is a local computer store recently opened in Erding and they seem to offer Apple products, I'll give them a try first.

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