Oh good, I felt like such a plebeian before
- MS finally makes OS X users first class citizens... and are greeted with a yawn. Between iWork & Google Docs, I can't remember the last time anybody I know used it.
- 2016? Aren't we getting a little ahead of ourselves?
I still deal with a metric ton of Powerpoints, Word Docs, Excel spreadsheets etc.
And so does iWork, as well as Google Docs.
Plus just for viewing, you can always use Preview.
You're absolutely right, except neither displays more-than-basic documents right.
I haven't ever run into one that doesn't (at least to me) look right, but I'll readily admit I'm not a heavy office document user. If that's the case, it's unfortunate at least Preview can't display it as a read-only version correctly.
Between iWork & Google Docs, I can't remember the last time anybody I know used it.
i know plenty of people who spend their entire lives in Excel.
I can't remember the last time a client sent an iWork file over.
Its pretty much always Word, Excel or Powerpoint.
If it is going to be titled 2016, it's possible they're releasing it then and previewing it/refining it all year.
Unless you're an Excel power user or something, what's the incentive for buying this? Is there any real advantage compared to something like OpenOffice?
Check out Libreoffice. It's an Open Office fork that's frankly superior and maintained by the people that originally made Open Office. Even though their UI isn't the best, they're slowly working their way to improve it
I'm not affiliated with LibreOffice or anything, I just like it.
Since I moved over to scrivener I haven't looked back. still use pages for essay cleanup and presentation though.
Scrivener is awesome. I do all my writing in there too.
The full version will launch later this year and will require an Office 365 license.
Ick, I hate that they do this. I want to pay once and own the software.
But why a subscription? apart from the obviou$
Subscriptions = More and consistent revenue from users.
Yeah, I meant apart from that. What do the users get out of it?
They don't. Well, maybe they get updates or something like that. Some Microsoft exec's just seen Adobe CC and gone "we should get a slice of that pie"... I share your contempt for the business model.
Curious - what do people think of the new interface?
I really like the new Outlook...the parts I can see anyway. I can use the calendar and contacts part but as soon as I click "Mail", it crashes. :-)
Definitely better than Office 2011!
While it does look much better, it still feels slow and clunky, at least on my system.
In Word, switching between formatting tabs and the various functions on top can take anywhere between 500ms to 4 seconds just to render that portion of the view, and that's with a fresh document open. Maybe it's because there's a lack of UI feedback when you're clicking these (there's effectively no pressed state).
The performance of these apps has always been disappointing for me. Their switch to Cocoa hasn't seemed to improve that.
Haven't had a chance to use it myself. Interesting that performance is still a problem for you. Remember seeing some research about how a prettier UI influenced the users perception of performance and usability, even if in reality testing showed little or no improvements!
Early days yet and it's new software. I'm sure they'll get it right.
Very good point. They have plenty of time to optimize it.
When comparing Office for Windows versus Mac, it's significantly snappier on Windows, even on a low-end system. I do prefer apps that feel a lot less like wading through a pool of molasses. ;)