Lion of the Blogosphere

Do I need to buy Microsoft Office for my new Mac?

Apple chose to make all 32-bit software fail with the Catalina operating system upgrade. And Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, which I have, is 32-bit. Fail.

In the past I needed Microsoft Office, but now I think I can do without it. LibreOffice seems to open my Word and Excel files, and I never use PowerPoint for personal use. Office is rarely used for work these days, most stuff has moved to web-based tools like Confluence. I even stopped using Visio in favor of

I’d buy Office anyway if I was going to use the new Mac for work, but I’m only allowed to use the crappy company-issued Dell for work. Which I now have at home if I need to use it during off hours.

I do use Microsoft OneNote, but they now make that a free product separate from Office. Thank you Bill Gates!

My last blog post was written on LibreOffice. (This blog post is written directly into WordPress’s website.)

So for now, I will not buy a new copy of Office for Mac until I actually run into a situation where I need it or at least would find it helpful.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 26, 2020 at 2:29 PM

Posted in Technology

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  1. I kept trying to avoid it by using Open Office or Google Docs, but there are still too many things that Word does better. I think I pay like 8 bucks a month for whatever Office 365 package, which also includes OneNote and a few gigabytes of cloud storage (maybe even a terabyte, I suppose it depends on which plan you take). You also get lots of free Skype minutes (for using Skype to call real non-Skype phone numbers), plus you can have x number of other users per subscription, so you could let your parents or whoever use it for free without being in some shady illegal zone.


    May 26, 2020 at 3:27 PM

  2. If your employer uses Office365 then you’re allowed to install it on your home computer as well.


    May 26, 2020 at 4:09 PM

  3. Isn’t Office going to a subscription thing where you can’t download it onto your computer or something anymore?


    May 26, 2020 at 4:32 PM

  4. Lion, are you going to post about the Joe Scarborough thing that Trump has been tweeting about? Do you think Scarborough did it?


    May 26, 2020 at 4:33 PM

  5. “So for now, I will not buy a new copy of Office for Mac until I actually run into a situation where I need it or at least would find it helpful”

    If you have money to splurge while most bricks n mortal businesses are shuttered, then why not.

    The MS office is going to come in handy sometime in the near future when something kinky needs to be resolved with the latest software.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    May 26, 2020 at 5:15 PM

  6. I’ve used Libreoffice at home for years. I only use very basic word processing and spreadsheet functions. But I’ve never needed more or had a problem with it.


    May 26, 2020 at 6:26 PM

    • It doesn’t work if you open an Office file that has a lot of advanced stuff going on in it. At least that was the case a few years ago, maybe it improved since then, but I doubt it.

      • I have one computer for business and another for personal. And I always keep them separate. So that would never be an issue for me.


        May 27, 2020 at 2:16 AM

  7. On my newest laptop this year I haven’t installed Microsoft Office. Open Source stuff has served me fine thus far. Smart, hardworking men volunteering to build software sheerly out of pride for their craft and common mission is enough to outshine wage-labour software. Kind of like how your blog writings outshine the paid-journalists.

    Anonymous Bro

    May 26, 2020 at 10:46 PM

  8. Per your ‘Karen’ story on Twitter. Too bad she didn’t respond to his demand that she go to an more dangerous part of the park with the rejoinder “I’m not going there to get raped by the Central Park Five.” I’d love to see her sue her employer for tortious discharge. Remove the case somewhere upstate and see what a jury thinks of firing her over conduct occurring off the clock.


    May 26, 2020 at 11:03 PM

    • NYC is full of awkward, lower status, SWPL transplants who hail from places like the Midwest such as this lady who relishes the Manhattan energy along with its diversity and vibrancy in safe spaces until something like an annoying black dude starts barking at her face. Higher status SWPL types who usually grew up in the city know better not to be in her situation and avoid getting into this kind of mess while wearing their usual facade of liberal-open mindedness. And honestly, diversity among liberal oriented types on the ground don’t include black people unless they want to show case a few token blacks.

      Currently in this pandemic, only low tier White urban strivers are still frolicking in Manhattan, while the smarter and more successful ones are hunkering down far away from NYC blacks.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      May 27, 2020 at 12:04 AM

  9. Lion, all the buzz around the Norwegian Cruises stock has made me start looking into this thing which is making me money. I picked it up after earnings, as their guidance was extraordinary – cruises look to emerge from this stronger than ever, as more and more customers catch cruising fever.

    I don’t understand what’s supposed to be so objectionable about cruises. They have a cheese bowl which itself is made of cheese! That’s amazing! I mean, imagine it! A cheese bowl which is ALSO cheese. They have water parks which are on a boat which are also on water! Imagine having an inflatable boat on a cruise pool which is on a boat. How can something like that be bad?

    Amusingly, the steak they have on their buffet menu is filet mignon – the favored cut of people trying to put on airs, perhaps because of the name. Doesn’t everyone know ribeye is more flavorful?

    I mean, the cruise experience seems to be so captivating that they can’t keep people away, even in the time of corona.

    Monsieur le Baron

    May 27, 2020 at 4:07 AM

  10. WPS is an exceptional piece of freeware that can replace Office. Its much better than Open Office.I was coming from Office 2010 and so I can’t compare it to newer iterations of MS Office.

    You just have to be comfortable with it being Chinese.

    The software’s design makes its Chinese origin less painful within a short period of time. Just comfort yourself with the truth that nothing that you do is important enough for the Chinese to care about.


    May 27, 2020 at 9:02 PM

  11. You can buy a grey market license on ebay for $10-20. There are specialist sites that do the same.

    This is why you should avoid Mac. I purchased a student copy of office 2007 professional for $59 + $10 for a physical disk, good for 3pcs in 2007 and it has been moved from PC to PC as I upgraded. The student copy of Windows 7 from around that time also good for 3 PCs and about $70 has now been also moved repeatedly. They automatically upgrade to Win 10 for free. Thus having Win+Office for 20 or so years on 3PCs will be about $140. I believe I started with 32bit but now have 64bit and the license included installs for either one.

    The only minor hitch is that once I had to call MS to deactivate the key from an old dying PC. It was painless and the Indian was pleasant. And that I got dvd drives on my current PCs to make reusing software is easier. I didn’t absolutely need to, but sticking in an install dvd is easier than getting the exact right version online and then creating a virtual drive.

    I probably have reason to use my dvd drive twice a year. Given that towers have a spot for them and they only cost $10, not a big deal. It was really only 2-3 years ago that $3 4GB USB sticks completely obsoleted DVDs for data transfer. And DVDs are probably safer even now for very long term storage of home videos and pictures.

    When I digitized some VHS home movies, I ripped from VHS to DVD first, then used my PC to rip to MP4. The VCR type devices that rip VHS to DVD I don’t think have a USB version.


    May 30, 2020 at 2:17 PM

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