Getting MS Office on mb air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jlyanks85, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2008
    I'm getting a macbook air for christmas as a second computer and want to put my last license of MS Office on the air.

    Obviously since there's no cd/dvd drive I would have to spend 80 bucks to get the superdrive and I don't want to spend that just to use it one time.

    My question is, would the new dvd/cd sharing feature work to get office on the air? I would be using my iMac's drive to do this.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Do you have another Mac or Windows PC with an optical disk drive (ODD)?
    If so, use Remote Disc Sharing, or if you have a Mac, use this method to make a .dmg file you can copy and install from: How To Make Copies of DVDs
  3. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  4. hfg
    macrumors 68030


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    If you want to have an external optical drive for your Air, you don't have to spend $80 on the Superdrive. Most of the $30 portable drives sold for Netbook computers work fine on the Macbook Air.

    (Note: I haven't verified this, but have read here that the Apple DVD player application may not work with non-Apple drives for watching movies from the disk. There are alternate players which will work fine (i.e. VLC) for playback. )

  5. macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Just download the trial version from the MS Office side and then validate by typing in the key.
    I haven't done the key bit yet, but MS Office trial works perfect.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    I did this for my wife's MacBook Pro. We bought the computer and ordered Office 2011 from Amazon. In the meantime, I installed the trial from MS. When the disk came, I just put in the key and it worked flawlessly.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    That is exactly what I did as well. I could have shared the drive on one of my other Mac's, but this method was convenient. I did the same with Lightroom, Aperture and a few other programs.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2010
    Actually, you can buy a download version from Amazon and if you ever need to reinstall, it's available on the Amazon server under your account.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
    That's what I did for Office 2011 on my new Air. Probably the best option if you don't already have it.
  10. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    Buy the Superdrive and return it after you're done with it (well you can buy any drive, even the generic ones from Best Buy or Amazon for much less than the Apple one that only works on the MacBook Air and Mac mini server).

    Alternatively you can use another computer, but for me that never works.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2011
    Thanks - that just saved me the cost of an external drive :D
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Yes, you can easily install MS office on it.

    Another option, if you perhaps only need a more advanced text editor, is to download

    BTW, you are talking about the mac version, right? For the windows version you need to install windows firts
  13. macrumors 6502a

    I simply downloaded the MS Office trial and then activated it using the key that came with the CD.
  14. macrumors 68030

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    I did just that. Actually, I purchased an open box (SuperDrive). Since it had been opened, I didn't feel that bad having to return it had it been a new one. But, I've decided to keep it. I've been using it quite a bit when renting movies on the go.

    Does anyone know if the Office for Mac is a product key or an actual disc inside the box? I have the trial version for 30days. I will definitely need to purchase it after the trial period.
  15. macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    The retail box has both the disc and the product key.

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