Continuing with the set up of my new MacBook Pro comes the question of whether or not I install Office.
It’s not a matter of cost since I have access to a copy (legally!) through our district’s license.
And I certainly have enough memory and hard drive space, even for a bloated, clunky package like this one.
But do I need it?
For the most part I don’t use Word, instead doing my writing in TextEdit, Apple’s excellent text editor, and increasingly in Evernote and Google Docs.
I already have an older copy of iWork which seems to open the fancier Word documents I receive just fine and it has an excellent spreadsheet program that handles Excel just fine.
iWork also includes Keynote which beats the hell out of PowerPoint for the few slide show presentations I give.
So, why do I need Microsoft?
I know that eventually I’ll set up a Windows partition on this machine, mainly so I can access those few features of Outlook I can’t get to with the outstanding Exchange support in Snow Leopard.
Plus web resources created by our IT department that only run in IE and those occasional files that come my way created with Publisher, the lame attempt at a page layout program that comes with our version of Office.
Ok, I guess I’ve talked myself out sullying the Mac side of this new machine with Office. :-)
But if anyone can think of a good reason to install that package, I may reconsider.