Microsoft Office

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Branskins, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. Branskins macrumors 65816

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    Hello, I have a question: will I have to purchase the Mac version of Office or will I be able to use a PC version?

    Sorry for the dumb question, but I really don't want to pay another 150+ dollars on top of 1,100! So I thought I would fact check :)
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    mac version

    look into open office if u want a free alternative though
     
  3. cjacks68 macrumors regular

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    You have to buy the Mac version of Office. Unless you install Windows via Bootcamp or parallels and run it using Windows
     
  4. Branskins thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I guess that would be the best option with Parallels!

    Thank you!!

    I am so close to finally getting a Mac!! Would be my first time! I am looking at the 13" one :)
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    before yuo go buy parallels, look into the free alternative (which is great btw). parallels and the like cost around 80-100

    virtual box
     
  6. Branskins thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ya! Leo Laporte talks about that one on TWiT and MacBreak Weekly a lot! I would definitely get that one over spending a lot of money!

    Thanks :)
     
  7. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    make sure you have 4 gig of ram if you try parallels/vmware/virtual box.
     
  8. DeuceDeuce macrumors 6502a

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    I have 2gb and Parallels runs just fine...
     
  9. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    Unless you need full Microsoft Office compatiblity (and even then Mac Office 2008 does have bits missing - no Access for a start), there are other cheaper options. As dukebound85 said, there's Open Office. There's also Apple's own Pages, Numbers, etc.
     
  10. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    The mac version of open office is NEOOFFICE. It does everything I need it to do for interfacing with MS office docs and the cost was $0. :D

    An aside, if you use a virutal machine to run PC apps, you'll still need to invest in a copy of the PC OS, be it Win XP or Vista. The total cost of virtalization is the virtualization software + the OS software + the actual app you need to run.

    On the plus side, VMWare Fusion 2 is currently $25 after rebate at Amazon - huzzah!
     
  11. omarjk macrumors regular

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    I have always used Mac Office and it has never given me any real problems. I regularly write articles and used to complete essays on Word, as well as accounting on Excel, all requiring cross-platform harmony, delivering fine every time.
     

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