For college: I'll do everything in os x EXCEPT for word, powerpoint, excel, etc...

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by nihao1234, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. nihao1234 macrumors member

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    Hey,

    I've had a mac for 4 years, and love it. The one thing I hate, though, is running the Microsoft Office suite on it. I really prefer word processing/spreadsheets/powerpoints in the windows environment, don't ask me why-I just do.

    I'm looking into Parallels and VMWare fusion for when I get my MacBook Pro. I'm kind of ruling out boot camp because I don't think I need to go THAT far when all I'm doing is running Microsoft Office 2007 in Windows (am I right?). They say boot camp is a pain to switch back and forth, and I don't need that power because it's not like I'm running 3D games; I'm simply using documents!

    Would a virtual machine suit my needs just fine if all I wanted to use was excel, powerpoint, and word in the windows environment? If so, which one-VMWare or Parallels?

    Thanks!
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    A VM would be fine for what you do. There is also VirtualBox, which is free.
     
  3. Wondercow macrumors 6502a

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    You could also give CrossOver a try. One thing you really should consider: have you tried Keynote for your presentations? It makes PowerPoint presentations look like rough sketches drawn by a three-year-old.
     
  4. uaaerospace macrumors 6502

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    Yes, a virtual machine will suit your needs just fine. I use Parallels 5 each and every day on my iMac at work (IT at a university). Some for MS Office, some for other (more resource hungry) apps. It always works fine.

    I can recommend Parallels 5, but I can't compare it to VMWare since I've never used it.
     
  5. dal20402 macrumors 6502

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    Just make sure you have enough RAM, or you'll get a lot of swapping and bogging down. A Windows VM running nothing but Office will want 1 GB for XP and 1.5 GB for Vista or 7. Add about 100 MB to that for VM overhead and make sure the remaining RAM on your Mac is enough. I wouldn't use a VM without 4 GB.
     
  6. nihao1234 thread starter macrumors member

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    Gee, thanks guys for the suggestions/advice. Anyone else have anything to contribute?

    Thanks again!!
     
  7. Semimorphus macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I use parallels desktop for the same reason. With parallels crystal mode you can use the windows office suite while still being in a osx environment. It works great and it doesn't slow my mac down.
     

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  8. nihao1234 thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, this looks great. Now that I know I can run my Windows Microsoft Office easily, what do people think of the difference between VMWare and Parallels for my needs?

    Gracias, thanks, merci :)
     
  9. Jack F macrumors newbie

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    If you're not bothered in running the apps in Crystal mode, I would go for VirtualBox, mainly because it's free, I found it easy to set up and have had no problems with it.

    PS - you might want to check the Office 2011 Mac beta. I've had a play with it and I like it myself.
     
  10. pinsrw macrumors regular

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    Have you tried OpenOffice? It's got all the same features and, by the generosity of Sun Microsystems, it's free.
     
  11. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Wow those graphics look really good. I thought parallels and vmware might look like remote desktop or VNC scaled down graphics. It actually looks great, and the menubar is attached to the program! I might have to try parallels.

     
  12. M-B-P macrumors regular

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    I was in the same type of situation as the OP. I just wanted to use the windows version of MS office on my mac. I was thinking bootcamp, but i knew that it would be a hassel. So I have been using Parallels 5, and I was completely blown away by how well it works (especially in crystal mode---Amazing!). I havent used any other virtualizing software but I don't have any reason to after using Parallels 5
     

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