Installing Multiple Office Suites

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Keeing, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Keeing macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2012

    I would like to install the following three office suites:

    Apple's iWork (latest version from App Store)
    MS Office for Mac Home and Student 2011
    Libre Office 3.5.0 (latest version, used to be Open Office)

    Would there be any problems with these three co-existing. Should I install them in a particular order.

  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
  3. Keeing thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2012
    I'm not sure which I would prefer so I want to try them all out. I already have a few Libre Office files but I suppose I can convert them. Only Libre Office has a database application included in its standard bundle of applications. I may have a need to open/edit MS Office files.
  4. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    Forget MS Office suite, you only need two.

    I have iWork '09 and OpenOffice installed and that is more than enough. The documents and presentations that I export into other formats can be opened and checked in OpenOffice which also comes with a database app and a formula app for creating documents geared toward math. Microsoft Office is just too bloated and over-priced for what you get when there are cheaper and even free alternatives that are either better or just as good.
  5. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    LibreOffice is by far the best out of the three if you want compatibility with Microsoft Office and a decent office suite. I used to use iWork but found LibreOffice better for more serious word processing work.
  6. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I have Apple's iWork office suite and Microsoft Office 2011 installed on my Mac. Both are working just fine and the reason for the two:
    1. I use Office mainly for the compatibility with my work computers which unfortunately are Windows based. I use the Windows version of Office 2010 at work.
    2. I use the iWork programs because they are just easier and I use them primarily for things of a personal nature.
  7. Keeing thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2012
    Great. I need to keep familiar with and also use MS Office at work, so I'll use MS Office for work -- I got it free anyway. I'll use LibreOffice for database stuff. I'll try docs/spreadsheets/slides on all the suites, and see what I like best.

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