Desperately need to make Excel for Mac the same as Windows version
Taking business classes that require me to bring my laptop to class and use my own computer to do assignments. It's inconvenient that I have to use public computers or buy a Windows computer simply to do homework. If you truly valued your customers, Mac and Excel need to be as compatible as it is on the Windows operating system.
We have been working to make Excel for Mac closer to the Windows version, and we will continue to do so. It can’t all be done at once, so we use the votes on UserVoice to help us prioritize.
You can see the completed features here: https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304933-excel-for-mac/filters/top?status_id=1406092
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I totally agree. I do a lot of data analysis/processing type solutions in excel and when in the office I use Office 365 for the PC, but at home when doing stuff for myself I tend to use my mac. It drives me mad, that simple things on the Mac are missing from the product. Importing data from other sources is a particular bug bear, but it happens in various scenarios across the entire product. Please sort this out Microsoft. It's really annoying for your users.
It would be nice to have the functionality in Windows ported too Mac.
All I wish to do in a Pivot Table is based on the number of sales create a dynamic label that shows the % against the total sales.
How difficult is it to ensure that the product is OS agnostic.
Mark Longstreath commented
As Richard OBrien has said, "users (who) don't understand why PC and Mac versions have different capabilities then they will reasonably come to their own conclusions which I dare say won't reflect charitably on Microsoft."
I have both systems, Windows and Mac, and need to use the Windows version to do any real work with Excel as the Mac version does not have the same capabilities. It certainly looks like Microsoft produces inferior products for use on Mac systems, although with no difference in cost.
Richard OBrien commented
Users who are comparing Microsoft 365 for Mac with Microsoft 365 for Windows will in a large number of cases have a different operating system at home from the one at work. There is an expectation that the 2 products should behave in the same way. This is particularly important at the time of writing because the COVID-19 pandemic is causing a lot of people to work from home. Their satisfaction with the product is unnecessarily harmed by irritating differences that they cannot explain. If users don't understand why PC and Mac versions have different capabilities then they will reasonably come to their own conclusions which I dare say won't reflect charitably on Microsoft.
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Peter Sinclair commented
I think we would all value this. They have made Word and PowerPoint a lot closer but I suspect Excel is more complex.
I have the same problem with complex business models written in Excel for Windows that often don’t function on Mac. I use VMware Fusion to run Windows and Office for Windows on my MacBook Pro - not ideal but better than not having it. There are also free hypervisors like VirtualBox.