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Microsoft Office in Mac

by s_rajah / January 31, 2011 8:32 PM PST

Had Microsoft Office 2009 installed in Imac version 10.6.3.Use mostly Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. I am prompted to update Microsoft Office. My question is, should I update? I fear by updating, I will be getting viruses.The Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel is used basically for keeping track of household expences. Thanks for any advise.

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MS never made an Office 2009 for the Mac.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 31, 2011 9:01 PM PST

Are you running this version on Windows on your Mac?

If the update request comes from MS, then go ahead and update Office.

If you used MS Office for Mac, you would not have this virus worry.


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by s_rajah / February 2, 2011 10:49 AM PST

You are right.
Its MS Office 2008 for the Mac.
My mistake and thanks for your advise.

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Upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question.
by Old_Toad / February 5, 2011 10:24 AM PST

If your current Office 08 does the job you need it to do and you don't have to worry about compatibility with later versions of Word/Excel I'd stay with what you have.

As the old saying goes: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

My wife upgraded us from Office 06 to 08 due to compatibility with students running the newer versions and we're both sorry we did. We were comfortable and familiar with 06 and how to set it's preferences, toolbars, etc. 08 had enough changes that made it very difficult for us to settle in. Of course we had to change but wouldn't have if it weren't for compatibility.

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Not Upgrade, Update
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 5, 2011 8:57 PM PST

The OP was concerned about updating MS Office and not with moving to a newer version


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update or upgrade
by Old_Toad / February 6, 2011 3:06 AM PST
In reply to: Not Upgrade, Update

Opps. I misread update as upgrade.

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