Minor Update of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Fixes Licensing Bug

office_mac_2011Microsoft yesterday released a new 14.3.1 update for Office for Mac 2011 to fix a bug in the licensing alerts, which caused Office applications to claim they were unlicensed. The problem was seemingly introduced during a previous bug-fix update.
Stability is improved
This update fixes an issue that may cause Office 2011 applications to report a problem with Licensing even though the applications continue to run unaffected.
The update is non-critical, as all Office applications continue to work despite the spurious alerts.

The the new 14.3.1 update comes roughly two weeks after Microsoft released Service Pack 3 (14.3.0) for Office 2011, delivering a number of other bug fixes.

Microsoft also launched its Office 365 subscription packages late last month alongside Office 2013 for Windows, but Office 365 subscribers needing Mac versions remain on Office 2011 as Microsoft's Mac versions typically lag their Windows counterparts by 12-18 months.

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24 months ago

I just use pages, numbers, and keynote. They work seemlessly between my iPad and Mac mini and its made my life much easier since switching from MicroSucks. Oops... Spelling error.


I've tried pages, numbers and keynote and don't like them. I prefer to stick to MS products and their better compatibility than Apple's products.
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24 months ago
I just use pages, numbers, and keynote. They work seemlessly between my iPad and Mac mini and its made my life much easier since switching from MicroSucks. Oops... Spelling error.
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24 months ago

And that, my friends, is why you don't rush out to install updates from Microsoft right when they are released. :D


Or even Apple at times. Or Google, or Adobe, or Oracle...
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24 months ago

I just use pages, numbers, and keynote. They work seemlessly between my iPad and Mac mini and its made my life much easier since switching from MicroSucks. Oops... Spelling error.


Good Luck with that in the real world... I want to hear how Pages and Numbers works when you need to exchange documents with people running Office. How does numbers handle that Excel document that has extensive custom macros or how does your awesome Pages resume look to the recruiter in Word?

Pages and Numbers work great for very light documents but are novelties at best. When you start comparing features they quickly become toys compared to Office...

-P
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24 months ago

I just use pages, numbers, and keynote. They work seemlessly between my iPad and Mac mini and its made my life much easier since switching from MicroSucks. Oops... Spelling error.


unless u need to open those files on campus computers and everything is messed up, if it does even open in the first place ;)
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24 months ago
Numbers is a dog of a spreadsheet. Kudos if you managed to actually get the thing to jump through hoops, but MS Excel is so easy to use with a wealth of features and a phenomenal user base with tremendous 3rd-party support worldwide there just isn't any reason to use anything else. Numbers seems to have been tacked-on at the last minute.
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24 months ago

I just use pages, numbers, and keynote. They work seemlessly between my iPad and Mac mini and its made my life much easier since switching from MicroSucks. Oops... Spelling error.


Why does every story about Microsoft bring out the hateboys who don't even use Microsoft products? If you're happy with home-handyman-level, easy to use iWorks then just use it and shut up.

If a user needs real spreadsheet and word processor power then MS Office is the way to go. Office 2011 is so much better than iWorks. I've got both on my Macs.
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24 months ago
I am finding that I am using Microsoft Office less and less. Since getting my Mac almost 2 years ago I started using Numbers, Pages and Keynote. I do have Word, Excel and Power Point on my Mac as well. I also use an iPad 3, iPad mini and an iPhone 5.

I rarely have a need for a presentation so I rarely use PowerPoint/KeyNote, but they are nice to have. Since I really haven't used either extensively in the past few years I can't say which is better.

I do prefer the features and speed of Excel, but at the same time I like the ease of compatibility between my devices when I use Numbers. Therefore I find myself using Numbers more and more frequently. I input something and it updates immediately through the iCloud to all my devices. Not so much the case with Excel.

As for the writing, I like Pages a little better because it is more freeform than Word. I recently put in for a transfer at work and did my resume in both Pages and Word and the Pages version looked better and I submitted that and there was no problems with them opening the document in Word. I did get the transfer so I guess they liked it. I can also whip out a great looking document in no time in Pages, but with Word I have to fight to get the graphics the way I want them, and a lot of the other formatting issues are just a pain. With Pages it's just point, click move and everything falls in place the way I want it. Simple, and easy.

When I use the same fonts that are on all the devices, my documents and everything looks perfect across all three types of devices, iPhone, iPad and Mac. It's the way it should be.

I cannot understand why, after the amount of iPads and iPhones that have been sold to date, why Microsoft has not issued an iOS version of Office, or something that will work with at least the iPad. Their web based versions are junk. As a Mac user I see no reason whatsoever to upgrade to their Office 365 if it won't even enhance my ability to use even the web based versions. They claim you can use any device with Office 365, but look closely and you won't see any iOS device mentioned.

I do hope that Apple updates the iWork suite and soon. There are things I like about Excel that aren't in Numbers and there are things about Numbers that aren't in Excel, so it's a give and take. Sure Numbers needs to be speeded up a bit, but in the grand scheme of things and the way I work, Microsoft's Office is slowly becoming a thing of the past in my world. As I use Numbers more and more I am liking it better.

Shame too, since all three of the main Office apps (Excel Word and Power Point ) were all originally written for the Mac and later ported to Windows.
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24 months ago

I'm still running Mac Office 2011 version 14.0.0 for this very reason.

No MS update is a good MS update.


Huh?
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24 months ago

I've tried pages, numbers and keynote and don't like them. I prefer to stick to MS products and their better compatibility than Apple's products.


Excel is for my secretary, Keynote > Powerpoint by a landslide and Word and Pages are in the same bracket as far as I am concerned.
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