Most Affordable Way To Put Microsoft Word on New MacBook Pro Retina?

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  1. Republius macrumors member

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    I was hoping to avoid the extra cost given how hard I had to stretch the budget to purchase a brand new MacBook Pro Retina, but I now realize I have to have go out and additionally buy Microsoft Word for Mac given how many documents I receive and send in that format. I do not think I need Excel or Powerpoint (given that Numbers and Keynote come with the Mac), but understand that I may have to buy them in the Office bundle to get Word.

    What is the most affordable way to obtain Microsoft Word for my new Apple laptop?

    Thank you.
     
  2. wngraham macrumors regular

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    The cheapest upfront way would be Office 365. It's $7 a month. That of course adds up over time, but it's a little easier to deal with than $140 (or $220 if you need Outlook) outright.
     
  3. Republius thread starter macrumors member

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    Appreciate the input.

    I am torn, as over time that cost does add up - though it comes with constant updates and technical support.

    A friend claims Office for Mac Home and Student (which is $140) can be purchased at a discount from Costco. If such is true then perhaps it would be worth it compared to the subscription.
     
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    Depending on how long you need to use Microsoft Word, the Mac Home and Student version may be the cheapest route, if you are not in college. If you are in college, you can get Office 365 University for $79.00 for 4 years. Check the Microsoft site for details.
     
  6. Republius thread starter macrumors member

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    Great input from everyone.

    I am currently eligible for the Home Use Program, though it would not be a long-term solution.

    If, as a non-student, I purchase Office for Mac Home and Student, do they charge you for updates? If they do charge, perhaps I should try to milk access to HUP until the 2015 updates come out for purchase.
     
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Pages can open up word documents. It can also create them.
     
  8. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    They don't charge for updates.

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    That is true. But, a lot of times, the formatting doesn't come out the same, which can be a real problem depending on the document.
     
  9. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    True. The cheapest option is to hop on eBay and buy office 2011 for Mac for a one off payment rather than the new subscription based office.
     
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    That is a good idea as well. Might find it cheaper than the home and student standalone version.
     
  11. sracer macrumors 603

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    For updates to a particular version of Office, you are correct that they don't charge for updates.

    I don't know if the OP was referring to that scenario or going to different versions. If the OP were to purchase Office for Mac 2011, they would have to pay an upgrade fee to go to Office for Mac 2015 (if/when it is released).

    An Office 365 subscription ($67/yr @ places like Amazon) or $79 for 4 yrs (for those with .edu email accounts) would be a good stop-gap measure... start the subscription now with Office 2011 and get the update to 2015 for no additional fee... or flat-out purchase 2015 at that time (if 2015 is as good as we hope).


    Given the way eBay works, and Microsoft's licensing, I recommend caution buying Office 2011 using eBay unless it was from a reputable seller.
     
  12. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    If you can get the HUP version, go for it. I used it for a few years on both Windows and Mac. I was able to continue using it for a couple of years after I retired. That ended when I was unable to install it on a new Mac.

    If you buy the Home and Student version, any updates to that version are free. Updates to the next version will cost money.
     
  13. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    If you work for a company that has Microsoft's Home Use Program (or know someone that does), it's $10 for Office for Mac 2011. MicroSlop is supposed to update Office for Mac sometime this year.
     
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    I would recommend saving yourself the aggravation and just get Office 365. Dealing with clients and the various .DOC and .DOCX versions I've received, Word has proven to be the easiest solution. Pages and LibreOffice are great programs in their own filetype environments but generally fail when dealing with complex Word files.
     
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    Buy Parallels Desktop then load your existing Microsoft programmes you have. I'm still running XP and Microsoft is supporting XP again.
     
  17. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    I'd also recommend LibreOffice. Then change the default save formats to docx, xlsx and pptx.

    I've found that LibreOffice can have a higher level of compatibility with MS Office for Windows than MS Office for Mac does.

    It doesn't really make sense but the Mac and Windows office teams develop separately. MS needs to scrap the current Mac version and do an exact Mac port.
     
  18. Steveatesh macrumors regular

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    Libre office for me too. It's managed some quite complex documents up to now for me including tables and the formatting has been spot on.

    And it's free!
     
  19. Meister Suspended

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    The MS Office 365 student subscription is dirt cheap.
    Some workplaces offer discounts for their employees, too.
     
  20. kanewtz macrumors member

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    Try through your employer.

    Depending on your employer, they may offer a HUP (Home Use Program).

    It allowed me to get Microsoft Office 2013 Professional (Windows) or Office 2011 with Outlook (Mac) for $11.00.

    They email you a activation fee and you can install on up to two (2) computers.

    Only thing is, you can't download both...only one..so I put Office for Mac on my rMBP and Mac Mini.

    http://www.microsofthup.com/hupca/home.aspx?country_id=CA
     

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