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Does Microsoft Office for Mac Play Nice?


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I hope I've managed to put this in the right place... I wasn't sure whether to put this here or in the Switcher Hangout.

I'm seriously considering buying a mac off of ebay but the guy selling it claims in the description that any files created in MS Office for Mac are completely unworkable if opened with a PC. Since I'm a student creating files that are PC friendly is a must since I don't really want to have to switch back to my PC whenever I need to do something for school.

I have a feeling this guy is pretty negative about anything made by Microsoft - he has a bit of a mini-rant about them in the description - and I have my doubts that a mac version of the software would even exist if it didn't creates files that were compatible with PCs but I want to be sure before I buy.

In summary (since I can't seem to get to the point ): Can files (in particular Word files) created with MS Office for Mac be opened in the PC version of the software without any problems?
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I am using MS Office for Mac and there are no compatibility issues with the Windows version of Office ..... Use it every day.

I used to use OpenOffice for 2 years and that is also pretty compatible with MS Office, except for a couple of tricks in Excel..... that is why I went for the MS Office version for Mac.

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The Mac version of MS Office is completely compatible with the Windows version. The guy is either lying or just doesn't know how to use his machine.

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I have a feeling this guy is pretty negative about anything made by Microsoft - he has a bit of a mini-rant about them in the description - and I have my doubts that a mac version of the software would even exist if it didn't creates files that were compatible with PCs but I want to be sure before I buy.
You might mention to him that Microsoft was programming Office applications for the Mac before Windows - which came later. As you've been advised already, MS Office 2011 for the Mac is 100% compatible with the current Windows version(s). I have both Office 2011 and 2010 and routinely interchange documents and templates.
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Yes. The only advice I would give is that if you are planning to use Word documents created in Office for Mac on a Windows PC, I would save them as .doc and not .docx.

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Yes. The only advice I would give is that if you are planning to use Word documents created in Office for Mac on a Windows PC, I would save them as .doc and not .docx.

Actually with 2011 it seems to be fully compatible. At least what I have seen so far.
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Yes. The only advice I would give is that if you are planning to use Word documents created in Office for Mac on a Windows PC, I would save them as .doc and not .docx.
Why do you save that? I've had no problem saving as docx with Windows compatibility.

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There were a few issues between the two (spacing and margin problems) when you moved from a Mac to Windows but that was resolved via a patch. Gave me a bit of a fit with a paper I had to turn in. That being said, it was resolved via a patch.
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