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Apple Virtual Reality Makes Computer PC Compatible?

by pfeffer3 / April 21, 2004 12:32 AM PDT

I want to run Microsoft Word 2000 on an Apple computer, and store salesman said that it could be done if Virtual Reality software was installed on the Apple first.

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Re:Apple Virtual Reality Makes Computer PC Compatible?
by hootchdoc / April 21, 2004 4:57 AM PDT

I'm no expert on this, but I think the reference was to "Virtual PC" which is a program to run pc applications on the mac.

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Re:Apple Virtual Reality Makes Computer PC Compatible?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2004 3:54 AM PDT

With a native version of Open Office from http://www.openoffice.org to use, create and edit Word documents natively, why do this?

Sure, you can add Virtual PC, but don't expect it to be a PC in all ways.

Bob

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Re: Apple Virtual Reality Makes Computer PC Compatible?
by Rooney / June 17, 2004 6:15 PM PDT

Microsoft has a 'Mac' version of all its software, including Word, and I would think that you should be able to purchase the mac equivalent to run and use on your mac.

If you are running Panther the free 'TextEdit' that comes with the system can open Word Documents - not sure about saving and working on them though.

As for the 'Virtual Reality software' Im sure the storeman meant Virtual PC - it emulates a PC on yor Mac - I have heard that its a bit of a pig - slow - memory intensive (RAM HUNGRY) - and has all the bugs and loopholes that you would expect from a PC including the downside of the virus threat - so if you do go down that route - get some virus protection.

Hope this has helped you.

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Re: Apple Virtual Reality Makes Computer PC Compatible?
by aef / June 20, 2004 6:40 AM PDT

We run some macs on our pc network. One of the mac users used virtual pc for a while but it was very slow. I use a mac version of office at home and it is much better than the full version and significantly better than virtual pc.

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Re: Apple Virtual Reality Makes Computer PC Compatible?
by kinnear3 / September 17, 2004 4:26 AM PDT

If you are a student or a teacher or are the parent of a student, you can purchase and use MS Office 2004 for Mac Student and Teacher Edition. I was happy to know that as the parent of an eligible student, I meet the MS rules to legitimately buy and use this product. The Mac version is equivalent to Office Standard for PC and includes Word. In several ways, the current Mac version has some newer features than the latest PC version. Office for Mac will create, edit and open files that are compatible with Office for PC documents.

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Re: Apple Virtual Reality Makes Computer PC Compatible?
by chipz / September 23, 2004 4:39 PM PDT

Virtual PC will allow you to run Windows programs on a Mac, but at a cost. It runs slow and requires a hefty amount of RAM, It also leaves your Mac vulnerable to all the virii, worms, etc. that plague the Windows platform. The program is also not cheap. Depending on the flavor of Windows you emulate, it can cost well over $200! With the educational discount you could get the Mac version of MS Office which runs natively on OS X.

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