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MS office on macs

by payamtag / September 2, 2010 4:20 AM PDT

I have microsoft Office 2007 which I have been using for my PC, but for uni I would like a mac. Would I be able to use MS office 07 on the mac without any problems or do I need to buy MS office for mac? (which will mean more money)

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Re: MS Office
by Kees Bakker / September 2, 2010 4:22 AM PDT
In reply to: MS office on macs

If you have Windows installed on your Mac (via bootcamp) you can use the Windows version of MS Office. If you only have Mac OS, you need the Mac version. It's as simple as that.


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MS Office 2007 will not run, Natively, on your Mac
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 2, 2010 4:24 AM PDT
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but it will run if you run Windows on your Mac.

You could use Boot Camp and a copy of Windows or you could purchase something like Parallels or VM Fusion, install it and then install Windows.
Parallels and VM Fusion will need to be purchased, Boot Camp is included with your Mac, as would a retail copy of Windows.

May be cheaper to purchase MS Office 2008 for Mac, Teacher/Student edition.


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thanks for the advice
by payamtag / September 2, 2010 4:56 AM PDT

Thanks for your advice, but unfortunately Im not very good with computing terms...
Are you basically saying if I run the MS office 07 on the macbook. It wont run very well unless I uuse bootcamp?

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What we are both saying, is;
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 2, 2010 9:39 AM PDT
In reply to: thanks for the advice

if you want to run Office 2007 on your Mac, you will have to install Windows on your Mac. It will then run.

If you do not want to install Windows on your Mac, then you will need to purchase the Mac version of Office, currently Office 2008.

Windows can be installed on your Mac in a number of ways.
1. Boot Camp. Using this method you will boot directly into Windows and not have OS X running at all.
2. Parallels, a virtualization software that runs under OS X and allows you to install Windows. Windows and OS X would run at the same time.
3. VM Fusion, the same procedure as above.

Any better?


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by lovuc / September 3, 2010 11:50 PM PDT
In reply to: MS office on macs

On mac you can use OpenOffice for example. For home using it's very good alternative.

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The added bonus
by sturner--2008 / September 10, 2010 7:16 AM PDT
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is that OpenOffice is free.
It is compatible with Microsoft, gives you near equivalency with the Office Suite. Just remember to save it for .doc instead of the OpenOffice native format (odt).

You can download OpenOffice from

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