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High Sierra Office 2011 and Fusion Drives

Jack Clay
Hi List,

iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015) 1TB Fusion Drive

I know these issues were covered somewhat when High Sierra was first released, but I’m getting insistent upgrade notices from Apple and I’m not sure what the current situation is. I tried to search the Tidbits archive but couldn’t find a way to actually search the archives. So, after that preamble:

What is the latest news on installing High Sierra on an iMac with a fusion drive? Is the file system now converted or are we still waiting for the ‘future update’? I couldn’t find a definitive answer at apple.com.

Will MS Office 2011 work with High Sierra (32 vs 64 bit)? If not, what’s the best upgrade path for Office? What are the advantages/disadvantages of the cloud (Office 365) vs stand alone versions?

Thanks for any thoughts.







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Re: High Sierra Office 2011 and Fusion Drives

Tom Coradeschi-2
Jack: Just upgraded my iMac w/ fusion drive. No file system conversion, office 2011 works just fine.

On 23 Nov 2017, at 10:16 AM, Jack Clay <[hidden email]> wrote:

Hi List,

iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015) 1TB Fusion Drive

I know these issues were covered somewhat when High Sierra was first released, but I’m getting insistent upgrade notices from Apple and I’m not sure what the current situation is. I tried to search the Tidbits archive but couldn’t find a way to actually search the archives. So, after that preamble:

What is the latest news on installing High Sierra on an iMac with a fusion drive? Is the file system now converted or are we still waiting for the ‘future update’? I couldn’t find a definitive answer at apple.com.

Will MS Office 2011 work with High Sierra (32 vs 64 bit)? If not, what’s the best upgrade path for Office? What are the advantages/disadvantages of the cloud (Office 365) vs stand alone versions?

Thanks for any thoughts.

Jack Clay
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Re: High Sierra Office 2011 and Fusion Drives

Alexander Forbes
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On Nov 23, 2017, at 8:16 AM, Jack Clay <[hidden email]> wrote:

What is the latest news on installing High Sierra on an iMac with a fusion drive?

FWIW, I installed it on my 2015 27” iMac with Fusion drive about a few weeks after release. No problems. The file system was not converted on the Fusion boot drive.



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Re: High Sierra Office 2011 and Fusion Drives

Tom Coradeschi-2
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Jack: Just upgraded my iMac w/ fusion drive. No file system conversion, office 2011 works just fine.

> On 23 Nov 2017, at 10:16 AM, Jack Clay <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Hi List,
>
> iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015) 1TB Fusion Drive
>
> I know these issues were covered somewhat when High Sierra was first released, but I’m getting insistent upgrade notices from Apple and I’m not sure what the current situation is. I tried to search the Tidbits archive but couldn’t find a way to actually search the archives. So, after that preamble:
>
> What is the latest news on installing High Sierra on an iMac with a fusion drive? Is the file system now converted or are we still waiting for the ‘future update’? I couldn’t find a definitive answer at apple.com.
>
> Will MS Office 2011 work with High Sierra (32 vs 64 bit)? If not, what’s the best upgrade path for Office? What are the advantages/disadvantages of the cloud (Office 365) vs stand alone versions?
>
> Thanks for any thoughts.
>
> Jack Clay
> [hidden email]
>
>
>
>
>
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Re: High Sierra Office 2011 and Fusion Drives

Doug Miller
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On Nov 23, 2017, at 10:16 AM, Jack Clay <[hidden email]> wrote:

What are the advantages/disadvantages of the cloud (Office 365) vs stand alone versions?

For a home use, Office 365 allows you to download the stand alone versions (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Access, and Publisher) to a certain number of devices (one PC/Mac and 1 tablet and 1 phone, or five PC/Macs and 5 tablets and 5 phones, depending on which license you get), plus 1 TB or OneDrive space. You are not running the apps in the cloud; you download and install the apps to your Mac and run them from there.

The major advantage is that you can download the new versions when they are available, plus the perk of multiple devices if you choose that licensing.


The five device license is only $30 more, so, if you want the family to have Office licenses, it's a pretty decent way to go. Of course, if you think that you'll be happy to use this year's version forever and will never upgrade, the standalone, non-subscription pricing is probably better.

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Re: High Sierra Office 2011 and Fusion Drives

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On 23 Nov 2017, at 08:16, Jack Clay <[hidden email]> wrote:
> What is the latest news on installing High Sierra on an iMac with a fusion drive?

It's fine.

> Is the file system now converted

No, fusion drives and spinning drives are not converted to APFS.

> Will MS Office 2011 work with High Sierra (32 vs 64 bit)?

MS Office 2011 appears to work fine. I've tested Word and it appears fine, others report that Excel works fine.

> If not, what’s the best upgrade path for Office?

Office 365 is $100 a year and is sharable between 5 people in your household with 1TB of free OneCLoud storage for each user (yes, up to 5TB total storage). If you need Office, this is a no-brainer. If you don't need office, this is a great deal just for the cloud storage.

The only drawback to Office 365 is that it is a yearly cost, but Dropbox costs $100 a year for 1TB of cloud space and iCloud is $120/yr for 2TB.

That said, I still have all three of these…

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Re: High Sierra Office 2011 and Fusion Drives

Raimund
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Will MS Office 2011 work with High Sierra (32 vs 64 bit)? 

G'day Jack

I’m running Office 2011, generally only Excel for Mac 2011 Version 14.7.7 in macOS 10.13.1 on an iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017(which is SSD only, not Fusion). Haven’t had any problems so far.

Keep in mind that Microsoft has ended support for this so no more updates, presumably including no security updates (see http://tidbits.com/article/17414).

Cheers, Raimund



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