I enjoy working in Microsoft Office, especially compared to LibreOffice. It rarely lags and has tools for various things. But it is not perfect. Its interface has been changed several times, and the changes can only be argued to be the right thing. I enjoyed the changes, as they made the work in the Office programs easier. For me the biggest disadvantage is the price. Of course, the suite has 20 programs in it, that's cool, but if I don't need more than a half of them, why should I buy the whole package? I would choose something simpler.
Even though it's the most thought-out set of text editors and, thus, the most functional one, it costs pretty much. On the other hand, this is a set of 20 applications, which provide you access to the full functionality of the suite. Besides, you can test its trial version and decide whether you want to pay. So that's what I'm going to do first.
I was very unhappy that with the install of 2011, I no longer had access to my Office 2008 nor could I find it anywhere on the Mac. I finished the trial period for 2011 and was not terribly impressed. Could not open anything that was created in Office until I found the 2008 disk and reinstalled it. I don't think that I will be upgrading anytime soon. What a dreadful experience. I panicked for about 20 minutes trying to figure out how to access previously prepared Office docs. Thanks, but no thanks.
I understand that Microsoft Office is the best Office suite that there is on the market, but I can't get the reason why it should be so mercilessly overpriced.
On the other hand, the latest releases of MO are bit disappointing, because there are just too many menus and the like, as if Microsoft were saying to the users, 'And we also have that... and that. and that here.'
There is no substitute for Microsoft Office so far, and the program does its job quite alright. Of course, the price they ask for this software is a bit exorbitant, but I'm ready to pay for the real nice quality.