Additional costs of MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by raptorstv, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. raptorstv macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    I'm planning to get the 11-inch 64gb MBA tonight... I'm just curious how much extra will I have to be paying to get things like MS Office, Windows bootcamp, etc...? What other softwares are necessary?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It depends on what software you need. Many apps have free alternatives.

    I prefer MS Office for Mac, for maximum compatibility with Windows users. If you don't want MS Office for some reason, there are many alternatives, such as iWork, NeoOffice, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, Google Docs, etc.

    To run Windows apps on your Mac, you need to install Windows via Boot Camp or use Parallels or VMware Fusion.

    If you don't have a Windows license, you can use CrossOver to run some applications. Not all Windows apps are compatible with CrossOver. Check their site for compatible apps.

    For more information about running Windows on your Mac, check out the Windows, Linux & other on the Mac forum.

    For other software recommendations, click the link below:

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  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Necessary software is a matter of personal preference. Bootcamp is built into OS X but you will need to purchase a legitimate copy of Microsoft Windows to put on it.

    Then you have the choice of buying Microsoft Office for Windows and/or Microsoft Office for Mac.
  4. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Check on the document size you going to useto see if 64GB is enough. Have Windows in addition will consume quite some part of your storage. Or you plan is to connect external disk via TB or USB3; which might be required very soon.
  5. raptorstv thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  7. raptorstv thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    As I said, there are cheaper or free alternatives.
  9. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Essential software used to come bundled, I don't remember when they started de-bundling them, probably when it dropped below usd$500.

    So if ur switching platform, budget in the the apps u now have to switch!
  10. jbzcar macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    With only 64GB, I wouldn't worry to much about Bootcamp...
  11. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    Compared to what? What you paid for your MBA? Hardly.
  12. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    Pretty cheap compared to most Windows versions of Office.
  13. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2010
    In the UK, I got massive discount on Office for Mac because I am a student, it cost me £40 to use on 2 different Mac's. Maybe you have something similar in the US?
  14. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    $30 less on Amazon for $89.

    You might give the free Libre Office a try to see if it will meet your needs.
  15. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    You'll have to get the 128GB MBA if you want to run bootcamp and have disk space for anything. With bootcamp you partition your drive into two parts, one for Mac OS, one for Windows. You can decide how much for each, but even with 128GB, it will probably be pretty tight.
  16. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012
    DO NOT GET THE 64gb version if you intend to use another OS AT ALL
  17. tiwizard macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    Like everyone else said, do not get the 64 GB version of the Air if you want to use Bootcamp. Even 128 GB might be pushing it depending on how much other stuff you have.

    On the up side, Windows 8 is only ~$60 on Amazon if you preorder it... Which, oddly enough, is a lot cheaper than some of the versions of Office. If you're a student, you can always look and see if your IT department offers Office/Windows for free or Microsoft has a student discount as well.
  18. Beanoir macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2010
    51 degrees North
    I got the latest copy for £14 with an educational offer.

    And it has to be said, if you are going to run another OS be it by bootcamp or other, you will need to get the 128gb.

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