An unfortunate fact of my career is a dependence upon Microsoft Office. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are standards for many of the clients who pay our bills, so keep as up to date as they do with Microsoft products. Here’s what staying up to date means. An Office crash party.
What Were They Doing?
Apple announced OS X 10.10 El Capitan back in the spring and delivered the latest and greatest in the fall. That’s Apple’s modus operandi and has been for years. It’s now a time honored method that benefits users, developers, businesses, and Apple with a steady, predictable upgrade path.
Earlier this year Microsoft announced and shipped a new and long awaited upgrade to the gargantuan Office suite, Office 2016 for Mac. That upgrade followed on the heels of Office for iPad and iPhone, and Microsoft sharing a bit of Apple’s stage during the recent launch of iPad Pro (and iPhone; along with iOS 9, and OS X El Capitan).
The reason for announcing new operating systems in the spring and shipping them in the fall is to give the aforementioned developers and businesses time to upgrade their applications and prepare for advancements and changes. That explains why, over the past week or so, you’ve probably noticed all the upgraded apps for iPhone and iPad, and the Mac.
While I’m impressed with Office apps on my iPhone and iPad, I cannot say the same about Office 2016 for Macs which run OS X El Capitan. On the few Macs which our office has upgraded to El Capitan, and which are running Office 2016, it’s been one big happy hour crash party. Without the happy hour part.
We’ve been down this road with Microsoft before. The company remains slow about updating Office for Mac, and the latest Office 2016 is no exception. Microsoft has had months to work on making Office compatible with El Capitan. For us, the worst offender has been Outlook, but we’ve had crashes on both Excel and Word, but, oddly enough, not on PowerPoint. The fix is easy, though. Restart the Mac, and wait for the next round of crashes.
Supposedly, Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, told his developers to create software that people want to use. In our San Francisco office we MUST use Office; if we could use what we WANT to use, it would not be Office. We have more Macs than Windows PCs, so upgrades to the latest and greatest OS versions can be problematic, hence the test on a few non-critical Macs.
MSFT would indicate that Wall Street likes what Microsoft is doing, but those of us who use the company’s cash cow Office suite sometimes think otherwise.