The simplest way to use the industry standard
July 24, 2021

The simplest way to use the industry standard

Jeff Eaton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft 365 Business Premium

We're a consultancy working with large businesses, and Microsoft's Office products are a standard part of life. Although Word feels heavy for straightforward word processing in this day and age, Excel is still the gold standard for wrangling midsized data sets and inventories that would give other tools fits.
  • Data analysis
  • Reporting and presentation
  • Rounds of editing and collaboration on large reports and documents
  • Complex tasks are possible, but simple tasks are hard
  • Mac users are locked out of Visio
  • Excel's the gold standard for ad-hoc data munging
  • MS Word's ubiquity
  • No-hassle collaboration with clients and contractors who rely on MS Office products

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I'll be honest: as a Mac user, Microsoft 365 Business Premium feels like a poor first choice for day to day work--Numbers and Pages on MacOS are great tools for simple reports and number crunching. But the companies we work with run on Microsoft Office, and having the real thing beats any alternative for simple, no-hiccups inter-operation. Excel, in particular, is still the gold standard--dealing comfortably with datasets that Numbers and Google Sheets choke on.

The real frustration is the lack of Visio for the Mac--when collaborating with colleagues on architectural diagrams and simple visualizations for upcoming projects, translating back and forth between Mac-compatible applications (or using the web interface) is a pain.