“Last week, though, Microsoft released Office 2011 for Mac, the first new version in several years,” David Pogue reports for The New York Times. “The Home version ($120) comes with Word, Excel and PowerPoint; the Business version adds the Outlook e-mail program (formerly called Entourage), which goes for $200. Much of the work Microsoft has done is to make the Mac version of Office look and work more like the Windows versions.”
“The new Office suite has gotten rave reviews from my colleagues at other publications,” Pogue reports. “Clearly something must be wrong with me; I think that, in day-to-day usability, Office 2011 is a big step backward.”
“The Mac suite now includes the Ribbon, a horizontal toolbar that’s built into Office for Windows. What I don’t get is this: Last time I checked, computer screens were all wider than they are tall. The last thing you’d want to do is to eat up that limited vertical screen space with interface clutter like the Ribbon. Don’t we really want those controls off to the side, as with the Formatting Palette in the previous Mac Office?” Pogue asks. “You can collapse the Ribbon, sure—but what a pain to have to keep doing that!”
MacDailyNews Note: In the full article, Pogue runs down a list of annoying bugs in Word and Outlook.
Pogue continues, “Microsoft says that it’s aware of all the bugs I’ve listed here, and intends to fix them early next year. O.K., what? You *knew* about these bugs, but you’re selling this software anyway? …It’s sad to see such unpolished work from Microsoft’s Mac team. Looks like they had their eye on the big-ticket items—and simply left the smaller cookies to crumble.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Listen, the MacBU lost the irreplaceable genius of Roz Ho who went over to head up Microsoft’s marvelous Kin project. It’s amazing that without their glorious leader the MacBU even shipped something at all.
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