Member Since: Apr 06, 2011
Location: Louisville, KY - USA
Mac Specs: MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM
05-03-2011, 03:10 PM
I came from the Windows 7 world with Microsoft Office 2007 with Outlook as my office suite. 99% of the people I deal with on a daily bases with regards to office documents use some flavor of MS Office 2003 or above. I have all my email coming through a Microsoft Exchange server, so that covers all the PIM data storage and access (Contacts, Email, Todo, Calendar, Notes).
When I got my MBP, I had very little trouble in making the decision to get Office:mac 2011 Business (with Outlook). Especially considering how easy it is to hide that small upcharge between iWorks and Office:mac at the time of purchase. Only Microsoft Office will be fully compatible and supported with/by Microsoft Office. Now, I realize there were issues with the Office:mac in the past, however this latest rendition seems to have pretty much hit the mark.
Everyone will have different requirements and different budgets. It is just that I see a lot of "I did this in iWorks but Office wont read it" or "I did this extremely complicated spreadsheet in Excel using custom functions but Numbers wont process it."
If you know you will be dealing with people on the business side, keep in mind what they will likely be running on their business machines. I am all for cheaper and even free/open source, but at some point, when you have to get that deliverable to a customer, it had better be compatible with their systems. Same thing with school projects and such.
If it is all just personal use, then take the cheapest route you are comfortable with, but realize there will be compatibility issues when friends start sending files about to share.
MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB RAM
MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256MB RAM
iPhone 5S 64GB, iPad Gen3 32GB WiFi, iPod Nano Gen6 8GB, Apple TV 3 & 2