Using Microsoft Office for Your Social Business

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Microsoft Office 2010 Review

Microsoft Office 2010 is worth the upgrade for both business and individual users who need professional-level productivity apps, but the reworked interface may take some getting used to. Those who only require bare-bones, simple office software are advised to stick with Google or other online offerings or continue using older version of Office that they’ve already mastered.

With the increased competition from other office software providers, Microsoft has put a lot of effort into making MS Office 2010 stand out from the crowd, and they have succeeded in adding features that let users integrate their PC, smartphone and Web like never before. Every application in the suite has been improved and tweaked in an effort to make projects come together more efficiently, but these major upgrades require users to go through a learning curve to realize their full potential.

Microsoft Office For Mac 2011

After a string of disappointing releases, the new Mac version of Microsoft Office 2011 is a spectacular success, and an unexpected win for Microsoft’s Macintosh group. Office 2011 is much more innovative, faster, more powerful and far more compatible with Office for Windows. It even includes some new features that go beyond those offered in its Windows-based counterpart.

For casual office software users and students, iWork ’09 is still a great option, but for those with heavy-duty work to perform on a Mac, Office 2011 is a must buy. Some have criticized Microsoft in the past for holding back Office for Mac so that Windows users won’t be tempted to abandon Windows for OS X, but that criticism cannot be applied to Office 2011. For the first time, Microsoft has created an office suite for Mac that is in every way equal to their Windows offering.