Parallels Desktop+Office

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by mikemac1, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. mikemac1 macrumors newbie

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    Hey all,

    I just bought a MacBook (on its way now) and I wanted to know if it is worth it to buy parallels or just get Office:Mac...

    I need Word, Excel, PwrPoint and the occasional use of Adobe Photoshop.

    Is it worth it to buy parallel for this?

    Also....If I do decide to buy Parallel, can I use my MS Office (that I bought for my Dell) as the OS, or do I have to buy an XP software package???

    Thanks so much in advance!!!!!

    --mike:apple:
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Office is not and has never been an OS. It's an office productivity package. If you want to use an existing Windows copy of Office in Parallels you need a copy of Windows to run it in. XP would work fine.

    Or you could buy Office:Mac. Or you could try Crossover Mac which re-implements the Windows API allowing you to run some Windows software in OSX.
     
  3. mikemac1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! But real quick, do I need to buy the XP software (about $100), or can i just install the Office software that I already have?
     
  4. psychofreak Retired

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    You can use the Office you already have...no Windows needed...
     
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Using Crossover. If you use Parallels you need Windows of some sort.
     

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