Office 2016 for Mac: Installation was an unexpected hassle

22 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dogs and cats, living together: Google Drive comes to Office.

Despite several years of strong aggressive marketing to CIOs, Google Inc.’s growth in the business market appears to have stalled. Google today launched a new plug-in for Microsoft Office that gives you access to all of your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents in Google Drive right from Microsoft’s desktop apps. Google Apps for Work has been stuck at 16% of the market for well over a year, according to one measurement, a figure that puts the company in a dead head with rival Microsoft Corp.’s Office 365, a cloud-based version of its productivity tools such as email and word processing. And today we’re taking it a step further by bringing Google Drive to Microsoft Office.” “If you’re working on a document, spreadsheet or presentation that’s on your computer, you can also save that file to Google Drive, directly from the Office apps,” Kuhn adds. “This is especially useful for sharing files with teams, or for accessing your files across devices.” The challenges facing Google’s enterprise focus are an anomaly for the company, which surprised investors on Thursday with the strength of its latest financial results.

You could, of course, always use Google’s desktop application for Drive to sync locally stored files with Google Drive already, but this new feature makes this a far more integrated experience for Office Users. For a time, Google and Microsoft competed furiously for governments and school systems, firing off press releases touting wins for either Microsoft Office or Google Apps. In some way, launching this plug-in is also an admission on Google’s part that Microsoft Office is still the default productivity suite in many businesses — even in those that already have a Google for Work subscription. Unfortunately, the new plugin doesn’t seem to work with either the preview version of Word 2016, Word Mobile (the Universal app on Windows 10) or just Windows 10 itself, as it gave me the error message below. What matters to the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve traded up from a PC to a Mac and the tens of thousands of IT professionals who have to support them is whether or not Word on the Mac works in the world they work in.

Last year’s partnership with consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers for office-productivity software and cloud-computing services could lead to future deals with PwC’s client base of government and corporate-technology companies, the WSJ reported earlier. At the same time, however, Microsoft is making quite a push to get its users to subscribe to Office 365, which comes with the web apps and online storage, too (and it’s definitely making some inroads into large companies with this strategy). Also, companies that deploy Google’s apps tend to do it all at once whereas Office 365 customers are more likely to roll out the platform in a hybrid environment, which means they embrace the cloud but still support on-premises software. There was a time when Google was able to develop a competitor to Office a few years ago—and Google’s own apps and editing tools certainly handle the basics as well as any.

As a word processing tool, Word 2016—which, at present, is only available as part of an Office 365 subscription—hasn’t changed much since its last major release as Word for Mac 2011. (Students, parents, and teachers may be able to get Office for free or cheap. But with Microsoft pushing free versions of its own office suite across any and all platforms, Google may be playing Microsoft’s game: attempting to lure users back by getting their services in front of as many users as possible. On Thursday, the same day as the earnings call, Google said in a blog post that it was moving toward the hybrid cloud because it sees it as an important piece of the future of enterprise computing. “We’re excited to add our expertise in container-oriented computing to one of the most widely-adopted private cloud stacks, while improving interoperability between private and public clouds,” wrote Craig McLuckie, product manager at Google. All of the Office products also include something that Microsoft now refers to as the Task Pane, which, for my money, is an awful lot like Office’s old Floating Palettes, without the floating. These updates have streamlined the look and feel of Office apps, making them more like their Windows versions, but with what I find to be a far less cluttered look and feel.

But…if you use your Mac to add a properly formatted date to a document with a table including that feature, the field will retain the calendar option when you open it again on a PC. The constant improvements to sheets and slides made it possible for the majority of Dominion employees to operate without legacy Office apps, he said.

If you’re editing a document while someone else is also making changes, you don’t see their changes until both they and you save the document. (Compare this with Pages, which updates changes almost as soon as they’re made, no matter who is editing the document.) Finally, Word doesn’t support Yosemite’s option to rename and/or move a document using the menu in the document’s title bar. Changes to the program’s user interface make it easy for anyone to bounce from Word on a Mac to Word on any other platform with a minimal transitional curve. While the program doesn’t support some of Yosemite’s more important, user friendly, and bacon-saving features—such as Autosave—the overall user experience is superb. In short, Microsoft Word gets the job done without getting in the way, If Word is your primary tool for getting work done with words, run, don’t walk to upgrade to Word 2016.

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