I’ve done a good amount of work in Microsoft Office and have trained others to use it, but I ditched Office 3 years ago when I started creating documents on my Mac with Apple’s iWork. When I heard blogs bustle about how Microsoft Office is coming to the iPad soon, I decided to give Microsoft Office a second chance.
After a day or two, I came to this conclusion:
Microsoft Word is an abomination. Don’t get me started.
— Morgan Williams (@mrgnw) June 1, 2012
Too late. I’m getting started. And I’m bringing in the rest of Microsoft Office.
Microsoft Office costs $399 for Pro, $199 for Home & Business, and $99 for University. Add-ins cost, too. For example, if you want proofreading tools in another language, you have to pay $25 extra – per language.
Apple’s iWork costs $60 (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are $19.99 each). Google Docs doesn’t cost a thing, and there are other free alternatives.
Default margins and line spacing is weird.
The ribbon is prettier than the menu bar, but it’s bloated and inefficient.
Less-used menu items are hidden. This reduces the number of menu items, which makes it less confusing, right? Wrong.
As a tech support agent, I once spent what felt like two hours trying to help a woman simply move a photo. No matter what we tried, it wouldn’t come close to being what we wanted.
Powerpoint is great… if you’re in middle school
The phrase “Death by powerpoint” exists for a reason. So why do businesses consider it so essential?
Keynote is wonderful. No, it’s not just fancier. It’s better, faster, and works more smoothly.
Excel isn’t bad
It’s still a bit bloated, but it can be a powerful tool with its advanced features.
If you have a Mac and only use spreadsheets moderately, I’d still recommend Apple’s Numbers. It’s cheaper, works more smoothly, and can do everything most users need to do. You don’t have to limit everything you do to rigid rows & columns. It also includes some more advanced features like the Categories feature, which is like Excel’s pivot tables. If you don’t use pivot tables, macros, or other more advanced features of Excel (or don’t know what they are), get Numbers.