microsoft word

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mynameismatt89, Dec 31, 2005.

  1. mynameismatt89 macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2005
    quick question, will the microsoft word programs that i use on my windows computer work on my soon to be arriving ibook? Can i take the microsoft word disks and install them on the ibook?
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Not unless you run VirtualPC on your Mac which wouldn't be that great and costs almost as much as MS Office for Mac.

    Are you a student? There are some substantial savings for edu copies of Word to be made.
  3. mynameismatt89 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2005
    im a highschool student.. are there any word type programs already on the mac??

    also, is there anything i should do right when i get the ibook... register it.. charge the batteries.. change the settings.. download some must have programs.. stuff like that
  4. mynameismatt89 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2005
    oh.. would microsoft word be compatible with microsoft word for mac? like could i open programs from msword for mac using ms word?
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    MS Word for Mac can open *DOCUMENTS* from MS Word for Windows. Yes, they're very inter-compatible. I trade documents in the hospital between Windows and Mac all the time. :)

    If you cannot afford MS Office for Mac, then you can...

    1) Get NeoOffice/J.

    2) The iBook will also come pre-installed with a suite called AppleWorks that has is somewhat limited, but handles lots of basic Word-like functions. So you can try that.

    3) It should also have a trial version of an Apple product called Pages. It's part of a two piece suite called iWork. iWork is available to students for about $50, I think. So you can try that and see if you like it. It's able to generate some really neat documents via templates, and also has limited MS Word compatibility.


    Hope you love your iBook! :D
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    If you don't want an entire office suite, try AbiWord, very nice and free word processor that can open and save word documents. :)
  7. mynameismatt89 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2005
  8. mynameismatt89 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2005
    is there something that i can download like AbiWord but has things like powerpoint and excel and all that and will be compatible between the windows and mac based computers?
  9. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    NeoOffice (mentioned earlier in this thread) and both have PowerPoint and Excel replacements. However, if you've got the money, I recommend Microsoft Office for Mac. That way, you won't just have Word, Excel and PowerPoint replacements, you'll actually have Word, PowerPoint and Excel. I don't like Microsoft (afterall, I use a Mac), but Office is actually quite good, and IMO Office:Mac is better than Windows Office.
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Well put.

    Plus, having the real Office removes the issues of incompatabilities that you get with Open Office and others.
  11. wattage macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2005
    Calibrate your battery: Charge it full then use it till it dies the first time then recharge it and use it how you like.
    When you turn it on you be prompted to setup your account name and register etc...
  12. sk3pt1c macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    a simulacrum
    dude,i've got neo office and it works just fine, no need to pay all that money to get microsoft office.
  13. mynameismatt89 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2005
    alright thanks for the tips.. so are there any other things i should be doing when i get the ibook besided calibrating the battery????
  14. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

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