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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by freediro, Jun 25, 2009.
150 dollars? really is there anywhere/anyway I can get this cheaper?
If you are in school, try your school's bookstore
Or you can try Open Office / Neo Office
You can get the Windows 2007 version for $79 at Amazon and run it in Boot Camp or Fusion or Virtual Box
Woof, Woof - Dawg
I sold mine on ebay for $90. You could start there, you may get lucky.
Just use openoffice. It's free and it's good!
I agree, that's why I sold mine. I am actually happier with OO, and it plays well with spaces.
If you need strict compatibility with MS Office for Windows, your best bet is to run Windows and MS Office with Boot Camp or virtualized with Fusion/Parallels/Virtual Box (free)/Crossover.
If you need mild compatibility with MS Office for Windows, you can use Office 2004 or 2008 for the Mac, with the understanding they are not equivalents and there is little VBA support in 2004 and virtually none in 2008. Excel will be the primary difference more so than Word.
If you want MS Office-like interface, etc. then Open Office/Neo Office are good choices and they are free. But they will not provide strict compatibility with MS Office. They will however, give you a more Office-like experience.
If you want the functionality of MS Office with a Mac experience, the iWork is the best bet. It is a great value for the cost. Pages is a great tool, and Keynote is superior to Powerpoint in my opinion. Numbers is good, but does not provide the power of Excel. You can check out a comparison here: MR Guide - iWork v. MS Office
You can also check out Mariner Write and Mariner Calc
If you just looking for a nice word processing, then Bean is free.
I'll add another bump for Open Office. I use a combination of it and iWork. The latter with student discount is like $50.
OO works pretty well at least for word documents and it's free. Can't really say much about the rest of it as I still use iWork for everything else.
A legit educational copy of Office 2007 is only $12.00. Do you have any connections to somebody in school?
Where did you see that?
Of course, if someone in school buys a legit educational copy of Office 2007 and gives it to someone not in school and who does not qualify for it, then it is no longer legit is it?
Woof, Woof - Dawg
For me, it's worth it. I need to be able to create compatible .doc and .docx files frequently, and MS Office H&S works fine for me. I don't miss Visual Basic at all, never used it on the PC anyway.
$150 is like one fiftieth of a month's rent in Long Beach, isn't it?