Mother’s Day Giveaway – Office for Mac 2011 AND Office 2010 for PCs

Ahhh… True Compatibility! Thanks to Office for Mac 2011, Janice and I are getting along again.

You see, Janice and I are twins that work together… and now thanks to Office for Mac 2011 my Mac and her PC can work together just as well.

Let me explain… Over the years, Janice and I have always both been PC users. Our fears of getting used to new keyboard shortcuts and coping with compatibility issues kept us away from branching out into the Mac world.

But one day, several months ago, I gave in to curiosity and bought a MacBook Pro. We couldn’t believe it had finally happened. We were split in separate camps.

MacBook Pro

I enjoyed my new life as a Mac. Janice feigned envy, but I could tell she couldn’t stand my Mac’s delete key and her fingers weren’t ready to retrain away from Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

In some ways, we got along fine… I as a Mac and she as a PC.

And I thought I could survive without owning Office for my Mac. I bought iWork and figured I could get by with Google Docs, iWork and Mac Mail.

But I kept hearing myself say things like…

“Janice, you update that document! I don’t even have Word on my machine.”
“No, I didn’t see that email… I can’t see your categories!”
“I can’t update your Powerpoint presentation, the formatting is messed up when it converts to Keynote.”

We needed to make this work, but there was clearly one thing missing in our new relationship…

Office for Mac 2011

Thankfully, at Mom 2.0 in the Microsoft Lounge, Janice met someone who could help. She hooked me up with Office for Mac 2011 and got Janice a copy of Office 2010 for her new HP Pavilion dm1.

(By the way, we’re giving away an HP Pavilion dm1… click over to win it.)

Now, we have true twin compatibility again.

But of course, this isn’t all about us… our friends at Microsoft want you to experience the bliss of Office for Mac 2011, or if you’re a PC user, Office 2010.

So leave us a comment and tell us which you’d like to win… the PC version or the Mac version.

As part of our Mother’s Day Giveaway event we will pick one random comment asking for Office 2010 for PCs and we’ll pick one asking for Office for Mac 2011.

Happy Mother’s Day…

Let’s ALL get along.

This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian shipping addresses and is void where prohibited. Be sure to check out our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for more information.

Entries close Saturday, May 7th and we’ll announce our winners along with all of our other Mother’s Day Giveaway winners, on Sunday, May 8th.

Disclosure: As I mentioned, Microsoft gave Janice and I each a copy of Office. Of course, all opinions are our own.


Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of the Mom Blog 5 Minutes for Mom.
Talk with me: @5minutesformom and


  1. says

    If I were lucky enough to win, I would pick Office 2010 for the PC. I run my own Mediation business and am always looking for ways to reduce my overhead in these challenging economic times. An update to my Office program would be wonderful. Thanks for offering the giveaway. ~Pauline

  2. Georgia says

    I would love the for Office 2010 for PCs for sure to go with the new HP Pavilion. Again,, what a great giveaway.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  3. says

    This is a tuff one. Even though I am a PC I have been slowly making the switch to Mac. I might have to say I would like the Mac version so it would make me switch over completely!

  4. says

    Definitely the Mac version – I’ve been a Mac girl for 18 years now after all :) I just haven’t upgraded to the newest Office yet so this would be perfect!

  5. says

    I’d definitely choose the pc version, since we have pc’s. :-) I am a new blogger, starting a public speaking / training business re: autism, and recently started my \Wildtree business. I also teach clarinet lessons. So this would be a great tool for me!

  6. Annette D says

    I would love to win the Mac version! My son will be graduating from college and he could really use this!

  7. MaryAnn Manna-Smith says

    Office 2010 would help my family tremendously. I have students that range from sophmores in college to kindergarten (6 of us in school), and this product would make life so much easier for everyone to get their projects done! Thank you for the opportunity to win this prize!

  8. Dina S says

    office 2010 for pc please, I liked it when this was offered with all compouters, but not anymore without buying the activation key code.


  9. says

    I really really need Office for PC! I’m a college student and other programs just don’t work as well for my assignments. I’m so tired of OpenOffice giving me grief.

  10. says

    I’m a PC! I had the privilege of testing Office 2010 last year and LOVED it. Alas, we couldn’t afford to purchase the key for it, so I have had to resort to using another inferior product until I can save up enough to buy it. Of course, if I win, I won’t have to save for it :0)

  11. says

    This might bridge the Mac-PC woes in my own house. I’m a Mac, my husband is a PC, my son is still on the fence but uses my laptop more (yes!!! future Mac!)

  12. Janelle says

    I would pick the PC version and donate it to thew non profit that I work for so that we could join the new century.

  13. says

    I so need need the mac version. I am in the same boat as you, I have the hardest time opening any window docs. I get by using google docs, but sometimes that still does not work.

  14. says

    I have Office 2007, but my phone uses 2010 :( Conversions don’t really work without an extra program. I’d love to be able to use my PC and phone to it’s full capacity, but it’s EXPENSIVE!!

  15. Shelagh says

    I would love the PC version. I currently have Office 93 and my 9 yr old keeps telling me we need to get the “new” one like she uses in school.

  16. says

    cool! My hubby just switched over to Mac about 6mo ago, and since I’ve gotten a Mac too… would love to win this!

  17. Shari says

    I could never afford Office on my own — would be great to win it! Thanks! Oh, and Mac, of course. Is there really any other? 😉

  18. says

    Office 10 for Mac would definitely make my life easier. My hubby just got an iMac and gets so frustrated that he can’t open files!

  19. says

    Would love to win Office 2010 for PC! That would be one nice thing I wouldn’t have to invest in this year. Thanks for the great drawings!

  20. Val Pearson says

    Oh, I so would love this! I have a Mac and with school, there are certain things I can’t do. I would love the Mac version. Thanks so much for the givewawy!

  21. says

    PC version for sure! I’m sure this program works wonders! (I put the Mother’s Day giveaway button on my blog and will add it to some blog posts too :).)

  22. Lisa says

    I really need Office for PC! I can’t use any of the resume templates online because my edition is so old!

  23. says

    I would LOVE Office 2010 for PC!!! It would be so amazing to win, I have been in desperate need of Office! My version is so outdated, and I can barely function with it. Thanks so much Susan and Janice!

  24. Susan P. says

    We’ve had Macs since 1985 and have 4 in the house and one at college. I ssssooooo need to get the new Microsoft Office 2011. My version of Word and Excel is an older version and it bugs out since Snow Leopard.

  25. Mona says

    We need the Mac version … we use a Mac but the rest of the family has a PC … so problem solved! Thank you!

  26. says

    LOL!!!! I laughed out loud as I read your post! My hubby did the same to me, he got a Mac while I still have a PC! He has Office for his Mac, but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it for my PC! I find myself secretly sneaking into his office to use his Mac…for the Office tools ONLY!!! lol… I would so love the Office 2010 for my PC!

  27. Marlena U. says

    This must be fate! We got a new PC almost a year ago (yikes!) and I still have to go to our old, SLOOOOW computer because we haven’t gotten around to purchasing the software. JUST last night I was thinking (as I needed to use Excel)…”maybe I should ask my husband to buy this for me for Mother’s Day”! Would LOVE to win Office 2010 for PC!!

  28. says

    I work full time out of the home and two jobs from home. We have Office 2010 for the PC at my full time job, but I have an old version at home for my other jobs. It would be great to use the same version consistently!

  29. says

    I would love the PC version. My daughter needs one for her homework, she’s in highschool. Her computer died and so I had to reset it and lost her Office and now I have to buy her a new one.

  30. Jaimie K says

    I’d love to have to PC version. Actually, I’d love to have the Mac version, but then I would need a Mac to go with it and I can’t afford one. Darn. :)

  31. Melanie D says

    I would love the Office for PC. I don’t have it on my computer right now and I really miss it. I thought I could get away with one of the free options available. Nothing works like Office.

  32. says

    I’d love a version for the PC. As much as I envy your Mac, I can’t afford to purchase a new one right now. Maybe some day, one of my articles or photos will catch the eye of a bigshot magazine editor and I’ll use my first paycheck to switch. :) Until then, it’s PC for me.

  33. says

    I am a MAC girl all the way :) … Kindly enter me into the give-a-way please!

    And thank you ladies for bringing us Moms this wonderful site (although I spend more than 5 minutes on this site… Probably an hour at a time :) !!

  34. says

    The Mac version! Just switched myself, but you do know that you still can use keyboard shortcuts on it right??? Just different keys, but does the same things! In fact, I think the Mac does more….

  35. Name* says

    I would like to win this P C. I’ll be returning to school and can use this for assignments. And not have to get my kids off the home computer. This would be a plus.

  36. Emily E. says

    I definitely need Office for PC. we don’t have it on this computer and it makes things difficult sometimes.

  37. Cindy says

    This is the one component that is missing from my beloved Mac that would enable seamlessness for school work. :)

  38. MelissaT says

    I would love to win the PC Office 2010! When my husband bought our computer, he didn’t buy microsoft office. After I complained, he got a used Office 2003. I’m ready for an upgrade!

  39. says

    My husband is a HUGE Mac lover so he converted me a couple of years ago, BUT in work settings, I still need Office for numerous reasons. THIS would be SO great to have to keep me from having to switch hard drives, effectively having to close everything on my computer to jump over to “the other side”. Thanks for the opportunity!

  40. says

    Office 2010 would be perfect for my new business Advanced Mobile Healthcare, LLC that will be up and running in the next month.

  41. Damarie Velez says

    I’d pick the Office2010 for PC. It’s the program I use most in my computers yet I can’t afford an upgrade from the Office2003 I have now. It would be awesome to win.

  42. Debra says

    I can’t even imagine having a laptop like this. Mine is so old and not anything as good as this one.

  43. Michelle anne says

    I’m a Mac user by marriage but there r a few times when a program is not apple friendly that I sure miss my pc. This wold b a great mothers day gift. Wish me luck

  44. katklaw777 says

    I’d like to win… the PC version.
    Great giveaway, thanks!
    Have a happy Mother’s Day!!!

  45. Jesselyn A says

    I would love to win the Office 2010 for PC for my precious Honey/Hubby his rece4ntly (YAY) finally found a decent new job (after a year of holding 2-3 crummy mind-numbing part time job. Now he is the Office Manager of a very successful upscale restaurant. The trouble is i=his work load means at least a 60 hour week. If we had the Office 2010 PC software he’d be able to do at least some of the work from home where he could relax and maybe kind of watch part of a ball game while working from the comforts of home. The problem is we can’t afford this expensive (but worth it!) software (espcially after a year plus of living handto mouth, Winning this turly fabulous prize would truly be a godsend for us. Thank you for the chance to win such a valuable (in more ways than one!) prize!


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