When I worked, the office used Windows, so I kept my home computer to match it. When I retired, I switched to Mac software because my home Windows software kept crashing. At work, the network kept Windows working (mostly). At home, it crashed daily.
So I learned the Mac software. The office-type software (Pages and Numbers) are AWFUL! Few of the features I was used to on Windows. Let's just say I am a control-freak about arranging things in documents and Mac software didn't provide what I was accustomed to.
So I bought Windows Office 2008 for Mac (in 2008) and thought I was back in familiar territory. Wrong! Windows Office for Mac had more features than Mac software but less than Windows on a Windows computer. I sufferred with it, setting my old Windows computer up as a stand-alone for special projects.
Then last year, Windows Office for Mac simply stopped working. It wanted to be re-installed. Memory said that I downloaded it online, but I checked all my software boxes just in case. I couldn't find it.
I could have bought a new version, but everything new is now an annual subscription and I resent that. So I sufferred with Pages and Numbers...
And THEN, I found a dusty box lost behind other stuff at the back of a shelf. Windows Office for Mac 2008! Hurray. I reloaded it. Now I have it back. I still can't do all the things I want to, but more than I could with just Mac software.
Example: One thing I am very used to doing is copying website or word document charts into Excel so I can make changes. Things like sports schedules or garden-planting documents in column format that have TMI so I can delete the junk. Copying into Mac Numbers or Pages won't do that; copying into Windows Excel will. So a chart with teams, dates, TV channel, logos, ratings, site , etc can be reduced to date and channel. Hurray!
Example: I love to make cards in Excel. Excel lets you import pictures, rotate them, draw, add borders, all kinds of stuff. I missed that. It's why I didn't send home-made cards this year. Now I can again! Hurray.
Mac almost never crashes, but the software I use most does less (I do love iPhoto though). Windows software on a PC does more, but crashes. Windows Office for Mac is mostly better parts of both.
I am thrilled to have it back and working. I changed a 3 page University of Maryland Mens and Women's basketball schedule to a 1/3 page that fits on the refrigerator... Next up is drawing the framed beds in my garden so I can can print out blanks for writing where the veggies will go in Spring.
It may not matter to anyone but me, but I feel insanely pleased about that right now. LOL!