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    Office 365 Pros and Cons

    I currently use Excel 2010 in a Windows XP (yes XP) virtual machine on my mac, but I'm looking for something more modern. Of the Office apps all I need is Excel so is Microsoft 365 Business Basic right for me? Microsoft 365 Business Standard says it has desktop versions of Office apps for PC and Mac. What exactly does that give me that the Basic version doesn't? With either veersion where are my workbooks stored?

    I'd appreciate any pros and cons that I should consider. Thanks.

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    Re: Office 365 Pros and Cons

    Do you use any macros in your Excel workbooks?

    Pros:
    Gets security updates

    Cons:
    Gets non-security updates, which may remove features you were using, or change the user interface to make it even more time-consuming to use. Some macro functions may not work as they used to, if at all.
    The latest version of the user interface may be more of a pain to use if you are used to the 2010 version. It also looks "modern" (flatter, harder to read, etc.).
    The default version is probably the 64-bit version. Some macro functions do not work with the 64 bit version. If you used Access, this could also be an issue.
    Didn't make your annual payment? No Excel workbooks for you!
    Your workbooks can be stored locally, but Microsoft will still want to try to get you to give them a copy.
    Also, 365 will want to verify your license periodically. If it cannot connect after a period of time, no Excel for you. It can also occasionally become "unregistered", resulting in lost time while you fix that situation.

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    Re: Office 365 Pros and Cons

    Macros on a Mac can have additional issues. Probably your best bet on that would be to set up a Virtual Machine with Windows and Excel. You could use Office 365 or Office 2019 Home and Student, $100 on sale, (since you are only using Excel).

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    Re: Office 365 Pros and Cons

    personally i think your windows version is more of an issue than the office version
    i do my best to test code works before i post it, but sometimes am unable to do so for some reason, and usually say so if this is the case.
    Note code snippets posted are just that and do not include error handling that is required in real world applications, but avoid On Error Resume Next

    dim all variables as required as often i have done so elsewhere in my code but only posted the relevant part

    come back and mark your original post as resolved if your problem is fixed
    pete

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    Re: Office 365 Pros and Cons

    And beware of the 32-Bit vs 64-Bit Office-Trap

    If you write conditional VBA-Code the Win64-Constant checks the Bitness of the Office-Package, not the Bitness of the OS.
    This applies to API-Calls
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