Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 helps your family make the most of every opportunity, every day, from managing home projects and planning important gatherings to helping your kids polish their homework. With over 1 billion PCs and Macs running Office, Microsoft Office is the most-trusted and most-used productivity suite ever. And Office for Mac 2011 is here to help you do more with your Mac your way. Use familiar applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to help you take your ideas further. And since Office for Mac is compatible with Office for Windows, you can work on documents with virtually anyone on a Mac or PC. Store your files in a password protected online SkyDrive folder to access, edit, or share your work from virtually anywhere with the free Office Web Apps. Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 includes Word for Mac 2011, Excel for Mac 2011 and PowerPoint for Mac 2011.
(1) Word for Mac 2011
First of all, this version has the powerful write tool to help you create beautiful documents, store in online easily, edit and share your works. It can create visual effects such as newsletters, brochures and other variety documents through the layout preview. Second, you can see the effect of the style applied to the documents through the version style. Third, you can use Word Web App to view, edit, store, and share the documents. What's more, you can sharing and co-founded the documents with any person no matter they use Mac or PC Office.
(2) Excel for Mac 2011
Use a spreadsheet which easy to analyze to make the financial statements looks distinctive. You can also upload a spreadsheet to the Web to view, edit, share or co-create the file with your family at anytime and everywhere. Also, you can use Visual Basic automate repetitive job to enhancing work efficiently and save your time. At the same time, you can analysis the data much faster and more efficiently by use PivotTables. What's more, Excel table can help you organize, filter and format the relevant information.
(3) PowerPoint for Mac 2011
With this version, you can make a strong professional presentation to inspire your audience and the real interpretation of the report online may leave a deep impressive on them. And, you can removing the background in PowerPoint, or add photos in color fillers. In addition, you can also webcast presentations more than in a conference room. What's more, through the dynamic reorganization, you can re-arrange the text, photographs and graphics level rapidly.
I believe with Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011, you can find you work more relax, easy and attract. So, if your work that always need to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, this version is your best choice.
Open Office () is open source software, collaboratively developed by people from all over the world. The Microsoft Office Suite (MsOffice), on the other hand, was solely developed by the Microsoft Corporation. They have pretty much the same content - a word processor, a spreadsheet application, a presentation maker, etc. However, they have some major differences that makes them unique from each other.
First - Open Office is cheaper than MsOffice. The cheapest MsOffice package starts at USD 149.99 while Open Office is absolutely free. A hundred and fifty dollars may not hurt a lot, but this becomes a considerable pain in the neck when a large company has a lot of computers to install it to, as the each MsOffice package can be installed on just one computer, as required by law.
Many universities across the world have shifted to OpenOffice because of this. The University of Melbourne and the US State of Maine are just two of them. Various private companies have also adopted them, such as Sumitomo of Japan, and also government offices, like the City Government of Berlin, Germany.
However, some institutions still prefer MsOffice due to its popularity and familiarity. Some features of OpenOffice work in a very odd and unintuitive way. For example, putting page numbers on text files in OpenOffice Writer can be one heck of a challenge, while it takes only a couple of seconds in Ms Word.
Second - OpenOffice has everything in it, unlike some MS Office Packages. All of the features of OpenOffice are already there - it has an equation editor, an HTML editor, everything. On the other hard, the basic MsOffice package, MsOffice Student Edition at USD 149.99, only has Excel (spreadsheet), Word (word processor) and PowerPoint (presentation maker), while everything else is a la carte. A full MsOffice package can cost as much as USD 499.99 - the same price for a mid-end laptop.
However, MsOffice gives more comprehensive technical support than its competitor. MsOffice offers phone-based support, something that is very important for someone who needs accurate answers fast. OpenOffice on the other hand, offers only forum-based support, which can be problematic especially when you do not know the name for the feature that you are having a problem about.
In light of the recent developments of Microsoft's Ad-supported Office Starter 2010, I think it's quite appropriate for people to start looking for an alternative works software. Personally, I think this is a double edged sword for Microsoft. The good part is that their office software will be available to more people for free, but then the downside is that you'll be annoyed by ads flashing on your screen. It might not appear that bad, who knows? 2010 is still months away and we don't know what can change in the next few months, but as it stands, this doesn't seem like something to suffer.
For another thing you don't just suffer ads while you're working on an imortant document or presentation, but you'll have to suffer a lack of functionality that is common with all the other free teasers that want you to buy the whole thing.
So what is Open Office and why is it more beneficial? Long story short, Open Office offers the same functionality as Microsoft Office, except it's totally free software and you don't need to suffer ads while you're working on it. Why wasn't this popular a long time ago? The same reason why Linux isn't mainstream; Apple and Microsoft have dominated the mainstream of operating systems forever.
Linux is merely an alternative for those who can deal with not being able to have the software that they're used to on those operating systems. Anyway, back to Open Office.
You can write anything on Open Office these days and it can read any kind of text document, well actually, it really just has a wide range of documents that it's able to read. It can read any document that's been saved on Microsoft Word if that's what you're concerned about. It can also run on any operating system: Linux operating systems are a given, it can run from OS X Jaguar to Snow Leopard and from Windows XP to Windows Vista.
Like I said it's free software that's pretty competent so it's worth for that reason at least. Download Open Office from their main site and you can try it out for your self but I need to warn you, that the feel of writing on it will be different from what you're used to on a Mac or PC. Sure, typing will be no different, it'll have familiar functionality, the only difference is how you go about doing those tasks. Shortcuts will be different and you might find that there are certain functions that might be missing.
I haven't gone about exploring the missing functionality myself, but Open Office seems to work fine just for me. But that's another great thing about Open Office. Whenever you have a problem, you can always. They give quick response to a problem and see that it gets fixed.