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Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack)

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Product Highlights
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Office Web Apps
  • Coauthoring
  • Ribbon
  • Template Gallery and Photo Editing
  • Full Screen View
  • Broadcast Slide Show

Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 from Microsoft is a powerful suite of productivity applications, written for Mac OS X. The suite includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

New features of Office 2011 include Office Web Apps, Coauthoring, a ribbon and toolbar for quick function access, a Template Gallery, photo editing options, a full screen view, slide show broadcasting, and more.

Note! This version of Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 gives the end-user license to install and use the software on up to 3 computers in the same household.

Word

Publishing Layout View
Create visually rich newsletters, brochures, and documents easily. A powerful user interface gives users the ability to easily manipulate the layering of text, shapes, pictures, SmartArt, and charts in a document. Word also features new ligatures for more professional-looking documents, and new typography features for more creative document options
Visual Styles
Instantly see the Styles applied in your document, enabling great-looking documents with consistent, recurring formatting. And with the introduction of Styles Visual Aids in Word 2011, there are now color-coded visual aids that reinforce the relationship between Styles and in‐document content, while also providing one‐click checking for potential formatting errors. Styles are easier to use and more reliable than ever
Full Screen View
Maximize the space for reading and writing documents. The Full Screen View feature enables a Word user to block out all other windows, menus, palettes, and other superfluous content on the screen, to be able to completely focus on the task at hand: either reading or editing a Word document
Reorder Objects
Reorder Objects enables you to easily rearrange layers of text, photos, and graphics throughout your documents. This new functionality allows users to intuitively and directly manipulate the layers to achieve more predictable results, without cumbersome clicking and dragging
Word Web App
Post, access, edit, and share your files from virtually anywhere. Word is now integrated with Windows Live SkyDrive, so that your documents can be stored, viewed, edited, and shared in the cloud from any computer with Internet access. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer on Windows, Safari on Mac or Windows, and Firefox on Mac or Windows
Coauthoring
Word for Mac 2011 enables several collaborators to simultaneously edit the same document from different computers in different locations. During a coauthoring session, users can see when updates occur, be informed of presence of the other collaborators, block other authors from making changes to sections they are working on, and work around conflicting changes

PowerPoint

Photo Editing
Create visually rich presentations by touching up your photos right in PowerPoint. Remove backgrounds or add color filters, all with just one click
Broadcast Slide Show
Move beyond the conference room and use the cloud to broadcast your presentations online, with minimal setup time and no special software required. Now, anyone can be "present" for your presentation
Reorder Objects
Reorder Objects enables you to easily reorder layers of text, photos, and graphics throughout your presentation. This new functionality allows users to intuitively and directly manipulate the layers to achieve more predictable results, without cumbersome clicking and dragging
Presenter View
Rehearse, check your timing, or take notes while you present in Presenter View. Use visual cues to keep presenters on time, and integrate enhanced recorded narration and rehearse features
PowerPoint Web App
Post, access, edit, and share your presentation decks from virtually anywhere. PowerPoint is now integrated with Windows Live SkyDrive, so that your documents can be stored, viewed, edited, and shared in the cloud from any computer with Internet access. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer on Windows, Safari on Mac or Windows, and Firefox on Mac or Windows
Coauthoring
PowerPoint for Mac 2011 enables several collaborators to simultaneously write and edit the same document from different computers in different locations. During a coauthoring session, users can see when updates occur, be informed of presence of the other collaborators, block other authors from making changes to sections they are working on, and work around conflicting changes

Excel

Conditional Formatting
Create rich, visually compelling datasheets and tables with icons, data bars, and color scales. See enhancements like borders, solid colors, and negative values, as well as pre-packaged choices for formatting and filtering, including "Top 10," "Bottom 10%," "Text That Contains," and more
Sparklines
Sparklines are thumbnail‐sized charts that permit users to view large volumes of data at a glance, enabling the easy spotting of trends in time‐series data, or trendlines. Data can be expressed in bar, line, or column form. Sparklines are based on the OfficeArt engine, so they are rendered with very high quality and fidelity. They may also be "themed" to adopt specific color sets
Tables
Organize, filter, and format related data with Excel tables. Make managing and analyzing a group of related data easier: you can turn a range of cells into an easily viewed and manipulated Excel table. You can even insert more than one table into a single worksheet
PivotTables
Spend less time sifting through data, and more time analyzing with automatic PivotTables. The popular PivotTable feature distills large sets of data into crisp summaries, and easily shows the cross‐tabular relationships between variables in the data. And in Excel 2011, PivotTables are more compatible with Windows Excel and have been redesigned for ease of use
Visual Basic
In enterprise situations where there is a mix of PCs and Macs, the Visual Basic feature works easily across all platforms. Visual Basic offers new features including IntelliSense and watch windows, as well as the Visual Basic debugging toolbar and new debugging tools
Excel Web App
Post, access, edit, and share your files from virtually anywhere. Excel is now integrated with Windows Live SkyDrive so that your documents can be stored, viewed, edited, and shared in the cloud from any computer with Internet access. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer on Windows, Safari on Windows or Mac, Firefox on Windows or Mac
System Requirements Computer: Intel Mac
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or Later
Memory: 1GB Recommended
Hard Drive: 1.8GB; HFS+ formatted hard disk
Optical: DVD-ROM drive
Display: 1200 x 800 or Higher

Certain Online Functionality Requires a Windows Live ID
Certain Features Require Internet Access (Fees May Apply)
Access to Files Stored on a SharePoint Server Requires Connectivity to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 or Later
Coauthoring Requires Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 or a Windows Live ID
Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack)
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    MicrosoftOffice for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack)
     
    4.5

    (based on 109 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (73)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good value (39)
    • Easy to navigate (36)
    • Adaptive and versatile (23)
    • Easy to install (15)
    • Fast (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Educational purposes (29)
      • Preparing documents (29)
      • Professional (20)
      • Professional presentations (19)
      • Home use (13)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (42), Budget shopper (36), Midrange shopper (18), High-end shopper (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (71), Business (31)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (43)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      An improvement on the old..

      Every update on the old, reliable Microsoft office is a plus. What makes it even better is that its compatible with mac. The only problem I have is the automatic installation of MSN...Read complete review

      Every update on the old, reliable Microsoft office is a plus. What makes it even better is that its compatible with mac. The only problem I have is the automatic installation of MSN messenger along with the program. Other than that, all is good, even if the price is ridiculous.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Needs work

      Basically what Microsoft did is port Office 2010 to Mac and make it look somewhat more mac-like. It looks totally different than Office for Mac 2008 and so far it's been pretty buggy. The...Read complete review

      Basically what Microsoft did is port Office 2010 to Mac and make it look somewhat more mac-like. It looks totally different than Office for Mac 2008 and so far it's been pretty buggy. The search feature does not work very well, for example. Hopefully they'll address and make some updates soon.

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      4.0

      A necessary evil?

      By Spoffo

      from San Rafael, CA

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

            Like it or not, these are the apps you need on your Mac if you interact with anyone in business, politics, charities, you name it, And this specific package is probably the most cost-effective way to get them.I'm actually a fan of PowerPoint and, especially, Excel. The current version of Word, however, is the absolute epitome of hard-to-use bloatware, but what are you going to do? The old versions, even if you could find them generally won't run on a modern Mac.Officially, you're allowed three installs with this package, and in my experience, Microsoft allows a few more, after which you have to call and beg them for another activation. You'll need those extra installs, because the software is keyed to the specific hard disk it's installed on, so every time you replace your disk - even if you clone it in the same computer - you have to re-activate.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            good

            By JB

            from MA

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

            Excellent

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            5.0

            A+

            By Raymond

            from NJ

            About Me Budget Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional

              Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

              A++++++

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              • Personal

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              5.0

              Worthwhile Software Addition to New Mac

              By Sciurus the Squirrel Guy

              from Sunnyvale, CA

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excel Works Well On Mac
              • Good Value
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • None Yet

              Best Uses

              • Analyze And Plot Data
              • Professional

              Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

              After using Excel 2003 for many years to do analysis of engineering data, I was regretting having to change to a new version with the new MacBook Pro. I am pleasantly surprised how much of the new Excel version, which at first looks different, functions as the old one did.We bought the 3-pack and also loaded it on my wife's new iMac. She will use mostly Word, but has not used it yet.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Perfect!

              By Linda Z.

              from Elk City, Oklahoma

              About Me Budget Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                  I mainly use Word. I'm very happy with this.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Much better than earlier Office for Mac

                  By Brian

                  from Utah

                  About Me Budget Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Value
                  • Menuribbon
                  • Ribbon Menu

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Personal
                    • Professional

                    Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                    I hung onto Office for Mac 2004 WAY too long! The interface is so much better with the menus/ribbon similar to the Windows version of Office 2007+. That way things are easier to find since I use Windows at work. I like how those menus are not detached from the main editing area of the program like they were in previous versions. Glad I bought it, should have done it long ago.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Great Product

                    By Randy

                    from West Lafayette, IN

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                        A must have for Mac users. Great for a house with multiple computers. Easy to Install.

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                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        GREAT PRODUCT, OVERALL A++++++++++++++++

                        By H82LOS3

                        from OKLAHOMA

                        About Me Budget Shopper

                        Verified Buyer

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                          Cons

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                              Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                              GREAT PRODUCT, OVERALL A++++++++++++++++

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                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Office for mac

                              By Bdigital

                              from Truckee, CA

                              About Me Midrange Shopper

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Value

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional

                                Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                Took a short time to get used to different key functions in Excel, but I am catching on quick.

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                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Word on Mac

                                By Story Gal

                                from Jackson, Mississippi

                                About Me Budget Shopper

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Value

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                    easy to download

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                                    5.0

                                    works great

                                    By Nancy

                                    from Southborough, MA

                                    About Me Budget Shopper

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Value

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional

                                      Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                      I wish I had more time to explore all the features - it seems like microsoft word has come a long way in the last 10 years!

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                                      • Business

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                                      4.0

                                      MUCH Better Than Using Parallels Desktop

                                      By John S.

                                      from Colorado

                                      About Me Midrange Shopper

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Files Open Fast
                                      • Flawless Mac Integration
                                      • Good Value
                                      • Retains Password Security

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • To Use Ms Programs On Mac

                                        Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                        I've been a Mac user for 1 year (Mac Pro tower, OS X 10.8.4 Mountain Lion, 48 GB RAM). I had heard lots of bad comments about MS Office for Mac 2011, so when I switched from Windows XP to Mac I installed the Parallels Desktop so that I could continue to use my old PC-based MS Word and MS Excel programs (2007 vintage). After using the Parallels system for a year, I just didn't like the way Windows XP took over the Mac if the Parallels Desktop was active when I did certain tasks (such as inserting a blank CD). I finally decided to try Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 for seamless use of MS Office programs from my Mac desktop, and I WISH I HAD BOUGHT IT AT THE VERY BEGINNING! It's wonderful -- no more waiting for the Parallels Desktop (Version 7) and Windows XP to boot up when I need a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet, and so far all of my Word and Excel files have opened flawlessly. This includes one Excel file that is password-protected -- the password protection was fully operational the very first time I opened the file in the Office for Mac version of Excel. If there are any problems with this program, I haven't found them yet. I would have given it 5 stars, but I haven't had a chance to use the PowerPoint portion of the program yet.

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                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        Microsoft for MAC

                                        By Sun3

                                        from Ketchikan, Alaska

                                        About Me Midrange Shopper

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Value
                                        • Opens Most Any Document

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • All Office Work
                                          • Birthdays
                                          • Professional

                                          Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                          This is a must have for Mac users and well worth the money!!!!
                                          I am so glad I purchased this now I can open most any document including fillable forms. The interfaces are easy to use. I'm so excited to have excel, word, PowerPoint and outlook! Rock on!

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                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          Should have upgraded long time ago!

                                          By Hank

                                          from Irivne, CA

                                          About Me Midrange Shopper

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compatibility
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                          • None

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home School

                                          Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                          I upgraded from Office 2008 to Office 2011 for the reason that the office 365 requires an annually subscription. The big improvement is that office 2011 load faster then 2008 version, and the user interface and menu layout are almost identical to PC version. So there is no learn curve to switch between Mac and PC version.

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                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          Office for Mac -Easy Installation

                                          By The Grill Man

                                          from Reston, VA

                                          About Me High-end Shopper

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Good Value

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                              Very easy to install with the disc included in package. Works fine - no issues.

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                                              • Personal

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                                              5.0

                                              What did you expect?

                                              By 123456

                                              from Emeryville, CA

                                              About Me Budget Shopper

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Good Value

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                                  It's the best office product out there and it performs as expected.

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                                                  • Personal

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                                                  2.0

                                                  Office for Mac? Not for 2013 iMac!

                                                  By Jim L.

                                                  from San Jose, CA

                                                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Good Value

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Flimsy

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                                    I installed the MS Office. It supposed to contain no Outlook but it came with it anyway. The product number, however, cannot activate it (thus you cannot use it). The problem: The Outlook activating window stays on my screen all the time.

                                                    In order to get rid of the activating window, I tried to find a phone number to call MS. The MS online service asked for my "Microsoft Account" (just registered when downloading the MS Office), I provided the required info but the response repeatedly was: Your account is not valid. In the mean time, the activating window stayed on my screen.......

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Decent value for families

                                                    By Roger Wilco

                                                    from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                                                    About Me Budget Shopper

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Decent Performance
                                                    • Good Feature Set
                                                    • Good Value
                                                    • Reasonably Stable
                                                    • Runs On Intel Leopard
                                                    • Transferable Installation

                                                    Cons

                                                    • File Sharing Weaknesses
                                                    • Large Disk Footprint
                                                    • Ribbon Learning Curve

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Using Office Documents

                                                    Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                                    I've been using Office 2011 for a while and it has been relatively easy to use once you disable the Ribbon (though you'll need to bring it back for some functions). Using Track Changes in long documents would cause Word to crash prior to a recent update and you will occasionally have locking or permissions problems with Office documents on shared network folders in a Mac environment.

                                                    Most people don't require the additional functions that Outlook offers for email clients (particularly clients of Microsoft Exchange Server), so you'll get good value from the 3 core Office applications for 3 computers: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. They are reasonably stable at this point and you can use Visual Basic macros on 2011 Office apps.

                                                    One of the weaknesses of the various incarnations of Office is backward compatibility. That trend continues here: you will occasionally encounter inconsistencies when attempting to open or convert documents saved in various editions of Office, PC and Mac, through the years.

                                                    This edition also entitles users to a year of Office 365 for 5 Macs or PCs in your family. You must activate Office 2011 by April 30, 2013 and redeem the offer by May 31, 2013. Note that Office 365 is subscription software, so the applications will operate with reduced functionality if you do not subscribe the next year.

                                                    Microsoft has changed their licensing model so these Family Packs have been discontinued. Buy them while you still can.

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Get it while you can.

                                                    By Red Ronin

                                                    from Los Angeles, CA

                                                    About Me Budget Shopper

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Good Value

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                                        MS is pushing their cloud Office 365 product for a yearly rental fee and will no longer be offering the family license packs with a perpetual license. Everybody's needs are different but this package will pay for itself for many Mac users.

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                                                        • Personal

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                                                        1.0

                                                        Not real happy

                                                        By Seadog

                                                        from Blairsville, Ga

                                                        About Me Midrange Shopper

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Poorly Designed

                                                          Best Uses

                                                            Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student Edition 2011 (Family Pack):

                                                            I have had issues trying to get this software working from the very start. When I enter the code it says it is incorrect, tried five times in a row. I cannot get the office part of the software working at all. Not happy at all. They admit to having issues. Why not correct them.

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