Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac appears to be having some trouble with El Capitan
The latest version of OS X, El Capitan is hitting consumers as an upgrade, but should you rely on Microsoft's Office 2016 suite of apps you may wish to hold off upgrading for now. Numerous reports have surfaced detailing issues when attempting to use Office 2016 on the latest version of OS X.
The Office 2016 suite of apps appear to have some issues with El Capitan that causes them to crash at random times. What's worse is there does't appear to be a workaround to achieve a stable experience, essentially rendering the suite (and your Mac should you rely on it for productivity tools) useless.
Microsoft is well aware of the issue and has been patching to ensure compatibility, but issues still remain. If you happen to be experiencing problems, do join in the discussion over on Microsoft Answers.
Source: Microsoft Answers (opens in new tab), Via: Thurrott
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This stance kills productivity on OSX in a business environment.
2. Buy an additional XP License to run those applications in that VM Microsoft has Compatibility Mode already that fixes most applications. XP Mode was a special case solution for applications that couldn't be addressed by compatibility mode because they ran in a way that was no longer acceptable by the OS, due to the changes in architecture and shedding of legacy code/components for security and stability reasons. There is almost no situation where XP mode was needed for general productivity software. In the vast majority of cases Compatibility Mode fixed it instantly, and those software titles usually had up to date versions that ran properly on the later Windows OS. No one had to run WordPerfect in XP Mode. They just upgraded to a compatible version of WordPerfect Office, instead. XP Mode was an Olive Branch to those people who were still using unsupported software that had no chance of being updated to be compatible with the later Windows OS, and would not run on Vista/7 due to the way they functioned being invalid in the Vista NT update. In the real world, you see people using REALLY OLD software to get things done. Like ATMs that used OS/2 a decade or more after support dropped for it, etc. That was the use case for XP Mode. It was no different than the emulation layer that Apple had for Classic Mac Apps after the transition to OS X. Vista was THAT HUGE an update to the Windows Platform, and Windows NT itself.
As I’m sure you are aware, IT departments don’t like change. For them using OSX would be a nightmare from this standpoint.