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

    Sep 12, 2008

    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?

  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    A VM would be fine for what you do. There is also VirtualBox, which is free.
  3. Wondercow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    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

    Feb 15, 2005
    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

    Apr 24, 2006
    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

    Sep 12, 2008
    Gee, thanks guys for the suggestions/advice. Anyone else have anything to contribute?

    Thanks again!!
  7. Semimorphus macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2009
    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

    Sep 12, 2008
    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

    Jun 11, 2010
    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

    May 30, 2010
    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

    Jan 3, 2010
    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

    May 15, 2010
    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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