Microsoft Office 2011 – Compatible, Integration, Consistency and Cost-effectiveness

Microsoft has announced the release of their new office suite Microsoft office 2011. I tried to find out some of the features of Microsoft office 2011 and present you a list of them.

There are many common arguments in favor of a suite such as Compatibility, the consistency of the interface, the integrations of applications, Cost-effectiveness and simple convenience.

Microsoft Office 2011
Some benefits of Microsoft Office 2011 suite

File Compatibility

The file formats of Microsoft’s are the de facto standards, and that any contra program must be able to read files in those formats. All the suites above mentioned can read Microsoft’s .xls, .doc, .ppt formats — .xlsx, .docx and .pptx – is slightly less extensive. Most programs can open these files, but all of them can’t write to them.

And also the 3rd party app might not support all the features of the office counterparts; in this case some of the documents will not survive from one application to another with perfect reliability. The file Compatibility is not at all a crucial factor in the suite.


The suite has the advantages if integration like having your word processor closely connected to your PPT and Spreadsheet applications. For e.g. Microsoft Office has proprietary hooks- – like OLE and VB for app – that let the suite components interact with each other more intimately than they can with 3rd party products.

But i myself not satisfied that is a compelling argument in favour of suites. I am using excel and word each and every day, yet I never take the advantage of the integration. If you work often requires you to, for e.g. embedded spreadsheets in documents and the charts in presentation, then the integrations is of meaningful. But I think only a few people falls into this category. Many people uses each application separately.


The developers of this suite worked hard in order to make sure that each app has the similar look and feel. Try to learn one and also try to learn them all to a greater extent.

But there is a little menacing subtext to this: once you have grown familiar to a specific UI, anything which is of different may fell wrong; that could delicately pressure you to stick on to one product’s.


The package price is less than the 2 individual app. For e.g. the Microsoft Office for Mac home and business 2011 are of cost $199, but you can purchase Excel, PowerPoint and word separately for $119 each.

That pricing is sharp. If you thinking of purchasing one app in a given suite then you losing your money. Whether you using the other app or not buy as the whole site for the same cost which you going to spend to buy one single app.


It is really easy to purchase one product than several. For a single person a couple of purchases might not be a matter, but for business purpose, with many users, it can be more difficult. And if you are an IT guy charger with supporting 100’s of users, having lesser app to install, upgrade and answer questions about is a very good thing. So in this case the suite really makes some sense.

The Bottom Line

By considering the above factors it is very much true that this suite is economical one if you really need at least 2 of its component.  Having a suite does not means that you must use all the entire component tools.

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