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As a mom of two kids (a second grader and a tenth grader), I receive a wide range of documents. Some I just read; others I actually have to edit. They could be anything from a flyer for an upcoming orchestra concert to a presentation about Mars. Whatever the format, I want the file to open without problems.
Obviously, I use Office (after all, I work on the team). But when we added a Mac Book Pro to the family’s arsenal of laptops (five total for a family of four!), I got concerned. Would I encounter any compatibility issues between Office 2010 for Windows (which is what I use at work) and Office for Mac 2011 (which we installed on the MacBook)?
My fears were put to the test when I returned from a two-week family vacation to Mexico (a must in January when you live in gray and rainy Seattle!) and had a voicemail message asking me to review and send feedback on the invitation for an upcoming school auction. The deadline for those comments was Sunday evening. Still jet-lagged, I got up on Sunday morning to find out that the backlight on my laptop (PC) had burned out, and it was impossible to see anything on the screen. In comes the Mac Book Pro to save the day.
I logged on to Outlook Web App (OWA) , downloaded the Office 2010 Word document, opened it in Office for Mac 2011, made some tracked changes, added some comments, saved the document, attached it to an e-mail, and sent it back to the planning committee well ahead of the Sunday evening deadline. Yeah for compatibility!
If you use Office for Mac, check out these best practices for sharing files with people who use Windows. They may cure any compatibility headaches you’re experiencing!
Today’s blog post is brought to you by Armelle O’Neal. Armelle is a writer and manager on the Office for Mac and Office Mobile writing team.
That is a thing of beauty--the fact that you could do it, and how you told the story!
@Jessica: Thanks for checking out the blog post. It's pretty amazing how easy it is to use Office on both Windows and Mac systems. I'm glad you liked the story. I thought it was pretty compelling myself!
@Armelle: Thank you for sharing your personal experience with us!