Dangers in running microsoft on the mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sma1001, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. sma1001 macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2011
    Hi - apologies for my ignorance here. I'm looking to get a mac (likely a macbook pro) but want to be able to run Office (as its used so much in what i do and what others do at University). I understand i can get thie through the Microsoft Academic download in the UK (which gives outlook also). However, one of the reasons for looking at the mac over the PC is the lack of viruses. If i run Office/Outlook does that expose me? If so do i then need AV and firewall after all? And is that specific to the Microsoft "part" of the mac. I appreciate i may be mixing concepts here but that's because i'm only used to using a PC and haven't had cause to consider this stuff until now. Thanks!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If you're running Office 2011 for OS X you don't need to worry about it.
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    The problem with viruses is Windows, not Outlook/Office on Mac OS. You'll be fine.

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