Upgraded to Lion - Lost my MS Word etc

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Big Tav, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I have just upgraded to Lion and have lost my MS Word, powerpoint and excel and it says PowerPC applications are no longer supported.

    What the hell does that mean? Do I have to buy them again? If so I might just go back to Snow Leopard as that will be cheaper.

    Can anyone help with this one?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Google Power PC and lion you will get millions of results explaining it. But yes your options are to downgrade or buy a more recent Office pack. 2004 was discontinued in 2007 so it might be worth investing in the latest one if you want to continue to use the machine with the latest OS. Office 2011 is $120.
     
  3. macrumors 604

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    Lion only supports Intel code. In earlier releases there was Rosetta, which was an Apple addition that would emulate PPC code.

    You will need to get a newer version of the Microsoft apps; there's no way to get the PPC code to run under Lion.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

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    Get iWork, it's cheaper and does everything a casual user needs.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can you write a word doc with iWork and copy it onto a USB drive and the open it from that on a PC and be 100% compatible or do I need office 2011 for that?
     
  6. macrumors 604

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    You would be able to copy it to USB and open it on PC in word, BUT there's no guarantee it would be 100% compatible. In fact even different versions of MS word create files that don't work 100% on the other.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    No you need office 2011 for that.
     

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