The Gold Standard
May 27, 2021

The Gold Standard

Brad Pearce | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Microsoft Office 365 (Cloud)

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365)

Microsoft 365 is the workhorse app for my work, and I have a Mac based office.

I use Word daily. There are features that Word for Mac doesn't have, but Word does so much more and I don't need to know every Word trick to make it work. I use Excel frequently, at least weekly. It is much more robust than offerings from competitors. Again, I don't know all the tricks, but I can do what I need to do and Microsoft's help features guide me through new tasks.

I have used OneNote, and it's a powerful tool. However, I don't process information in a way that makes OneNote helpful for me.

Even better, Microsoft's development team have made installing updates bulletproof. Updates no longer tie up RAM or cause conflicts on my Mac.

  • Word -- gold standard
  • Excel -- gold standard
  • Apps within Microsoft 365 have more uses and functions than I need, but turn out to be very helpful at times
  • Excellent help
  • Word has so many options that it can be confusing trying to find something
  • Word for Mac doesn't offer features that vanilla Word has
  • Excel can be overwhelming
  • Document creation
  • Data organization
  • Data analysis
  • Reasonably monthly subscription
  • Always up to date
  • Word plugins

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As a lawyer, I use Word to draft agreements and pleadings. When drafting briefs, Word can create a Table of Contents and a Table of Authorities quite easily. Learning how to use breaks and page numbering formats briefs easily and correctly.

I also use Excel to organize data. For instance, in litigation, there can be numerous documents. Electronic discovery software helps analyze the documents, but Excel allows me to organize and review the data in ways that electronic discovery software does not.

I have found no app that compares to Excel for simple or complex data organization or manipulation.