Best way to install Office 2013 on Mac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Katamari12, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. Katamari12, Nov 22, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2014

    Katamari12 macrumors newbie


    Oct 25, 2014
    Hi everyone, I'm about to receive my Retina iMac next week and I want to use Office 2013 on it (it's my first Mac). Office 2011 for Mac is not an option for me (I've been using it at work and personally I think it's inferior to the Windows version) so I've been looking for other options.

    So far I came across
    - Bootcamp
    - Winebottler
    - Paralles
    (I own a copy of Windows 8.1)

    Since Bootcamp would require a restart everytime I'd use Office and a seperate partition (my SSD is only 256 GB) I tend towards Parallels or Winebottler.

    Does someone have experience with these two in combination with Office? Which one works better? How is the performance? And will Office 2013 support Retina resolution?

    Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    I use VMware Fusion (another VM like Parallels) to run Windows versions of Office. But the the only time I have to use it is when I want to make sure that PowerPoint presentations run after I've created them in Mac Office. I routinely work on Word and Excel docs on the Mac side w/o problems.
  3. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    To be honest it is not inferior however the UI is slightly different. You will find the same features, you just need to learn it.

    Installing MS Windows on a new Mac for only running Office is actually kind of foolish and a waste of money and resources. Most people that do so eventually come to the same conclusion. IMHO, take the time to learn Office for Mac and you should be rewarded.
  4. Katamari12 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 25, 2014
    Thanks for the info. Are there huge performance differences between PowerPoint for Mac and running PowerPoint for Windows in a VM?

    The main issues I'm having with Office for Mac is the lack of *.pdf and *.odt support (open + edit) in Word, the fact that *.ppt-presentations and *.docx-documents sometimes look a bit different when opened on a Windows PC and the design/UI in general.
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Office 2011 for OS X is pretty half-baked in my opinion.

    Running Office 2013 in VMware feels smoother actually.

    Parallels wil offer better graphics support, but since I use vSphere and other VMware services, I purchased Fusion to stay within the VMware ecosystem. Besides, it still gets the job done.
  6. jdphoto macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2014
    If you have a copy of Windows, I'd use Virtualbox. It is what I use at work to virtualize Windows and it has worked out very well. You can set up a shared folder that both the Windows and Mac machines can see so you have them available for both systems.
  7. Frozone9 macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Zürich, Switzerland
    I am using Office for Mac. And apart thats not as fast as real MacOS Programs it works fine.
    I have a VM with office as well, but always use Mac Office.

    If You do some more stuff in windows then you can install bootcamp and use this installation as well with VMWare Fusion in Mac OS. (I don't know parallels but for sure can do this as well)
  8. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    The user interfaces are different, but either will let you create decent presentations. As I said, I only use the Windows version running in Fusion to test slideshows that will be run on a Windows machine. The downside of routinely using Windows on a Mac is that you have to keep up with housekeeping (anti-malware, etc.) on a second OS.
  9. jji7skyline macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2011
    Use Virtualbox. It is free and works perfectly. It even has a 'Seamless' mode that makes the windows in Windows float around the desktop just like a regular Mac window by making the desktop background transparent.
  10. funmugs macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2014
    Another vote for Virtualbox....enjoy it's low overhead. I deleted Parallels a few months back once I found it.
  11. Katamari12 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 25, 2014
    Thanks for the tips everyone. I've looked for some Virtualbox tests and apparently it's 40% slower than Parallels when used for Office Applications ( but since it's free I think I'll try that first and perhaps the performance differences aren't that large in my personal use.

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