But at least you can put Open Office on the Mac as well as the PC and it's less strain and dollars.
I have a friend who has a PC desktop with Office 2003 and a Mac iBook with Office 2004. Just recently, they created a PowerPoint presentation using Office 2003, they stuck it on a Flash drive, and needed to make some last minute changes using Office 2004.
Office 2004 has no problem opening the file, and everything seems fine until they try and open the file again in Office 2003. The file will open flawlessly any number of times with Office 2004, but every time Office 2003 tries to open it it says that part of the file is missing. The exact error message is: PowerPoint cannot open <filename> because part of the file is missing.
We've both tried looking through the MSKB for anything, came up empty. Creating a new copy of the file doesn't seem to help. It doesn't matter if you try to open the file from the Flash drive, or the copy stored on the iBook's HDD via a LAN, the same error pops up.
For now, OpenOffice managed to open the file and "convert" it to Office format, but that is just flat out rediculous to have to do that. Has anyone ever run into this problem and managed to fix it?