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I am in the midst of starting up my own small business. I am considering using a Mac with the Google Apps suite for my computing needs. The only Windows tools that I am reluctant to say goodbye to is Excel and Word.

I have read that Office for Mac has a lot of crashes, missing features, and is inferior to its Windows counterpart. I am looking for some testimonials that can give me some further insight into Office for Mac. How has your experience been with the programs?

Also, feel free to tell me I am crazy for considering using Mac to run a business... I have not completely made up my mind on which platform to use!
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  1. My daughter has used Office for Mac since 2008 in her education and business pursuits and has suffered no loss of functionality as compared to the PC/Windows counterparts. Also, there are no real compatibility issues going from one to the other.
  2. You could try OpenOffice which is free and there is also LibreOffice. NeoOffice is a paid choice available in the Apple app store for $29.99.
  3. You are crazy to use Macs to run an office unless you have money to burn or particular requirements that can be met only by a Mac. Perhaps your office work consists of developing iOS apps? You would save a bundle of money by using PCs.

    Tell us why you want to use Macs.
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    Unless you have a really valid reason to start a business with mac, you should look into PCs. The only two reasons you can go with mac for a business is if you do a lot of graphic design work for printing only and if you do some video editing using final cut pro. Even with the video editing you don't really need a mac.

    I work in an office where there is a mac "department" where the team works on printing projects. I support that team and we have Microsoft office installed on it and let me tell you that it's HORRIBLE. First of all all the software like outlook, word and excel are much slower on macs and we have top of the line mac computers by the way. People complain about it a lot. Also, a lot of functions that you can find in outlook PC are not available for the mac version. like having your secretary send an email in the name of her boss for example and the list goes on. Office mac and pc are not quite the same, so when people are familiar with office on pc, they are lost in office mac.

    Also, what I found is that most new employees are trained or have experience in windows. When they first arrive here, there's a learning curve on the mac. Eventually they adapt (it's not rocket science), but it comes with some complaining and a lot of time consuming for me that does some minor technical support. Lots of questions like, why can't I right-lick? I can't find the start button? Where is that software I always use? etc...

    I find that eventually during the year, you will need a software that is only on windows so you will eventually have NO choice to install windows on some of the macs (using parallels desktop). This makes it even harder for the employee having to navigate from windows to mac. It's a pain in the arse for the technical crew and it's confusing for the employee, not to mention it makes the computer slower.

    On a the good side, mac does get a little less malware and that kind of stuff. But keep in mind that they do get some. I had to fix this girl's computer last week because a bunch a dirty extensions got installed on her safari and firefox browser. She was quite embarrassed to have all those adult ads everywhere.
    Anyway, for windows, you will have to add some added security, but that's about it. The IT guy will know all about it and it shouldn't be a problem.

    My advice is do the math on your side and see if you will save some money going with mac vs PC which i really really doubt. (don't only ask a mac guy... look around)
    Keep in mind that your server will most likely be a microsoft exchange server for your emails which is pretty much a standard for most offices, so you are stuck with microsoft anyway.

    My suggestion to you is that if you personally prefer macs I suggest you set up your office in PC and that you buy Mac Laptops for yourself or the people that would ask for it in the office.
  5. Thanks a lot for the very thorough answer. You have swayed me to make the right decision - starting up with Windows. I just happen to own and love a couple apple products (iPad, and iPhone). I'm a big fan of the premium hardware, and the idea of having all of my devices able to sync up is very attractive. Also, I have never owned an apple laptop and was just looking for a new computing experience (boredom i guess).

    But, I know it is inevitable that a program will come around that doesn't run on OS X. The idea of constantly switching between operating systems is frightening. I also foresee myself spending a lot of time on Excel, so to get the best experience I will opt for buying an ultrabook (likely a Samsung ATIV 9 plus or ASUS Zenbook).
  6. BEARaj87 said:
    Thanks a lot for the very thorough answer. You have swayed me to make the right decision - starting up with Windows. I just happen to own and love a couple apple products (iPad, and iPhone). I'm a big fan of the premium hardware, and the idea of having all of my devices able to sync up is very attractive. Also, I have never owned an apple laptop and was just looking for a new computing experience (boredom i guess).

    But, I know it is inevitable that a program will come around that doesn't run on OS X. The idea of constantly switching between operating systems is frightening. I also foresee myself spending a lot of time on Excel, so to get the best experience I will opt for buying an ultrabook (likely a Samsung ATIV 9 plus or ASUS Zenbook).


    To be honest, I think you have the right set of mind here. Mac does make beautiful products: hardware and software. It's hard for others to contradict this. But at the end of the day, there is a reason why Microsoft has been king of businesses for more than 20 years. Windows and the Office suite are the bread and butter of Microsoft, if you use Office and want the best experience and performance out of it, it's only logical to go with PCs here (and it's actually cheaper).

    I don't know what kind of office you want to set up, but like I said, having a set up in PCs does not stop you from having a few ipads or a few mac laptops around.
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