Switching away from VM to native Office 2016 for OSX

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by FHayek, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. FHayek macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2012
    I've been a Parallels 8 user for many years, recently it's started to act jinky. With that in mind, I'm thinking about making the switch to run Office 2016 for Mac on my MBA. I have access to MS software via their Friends and Family program, so the cost isn't huge.

    I have tons of office files on my Mac-Outlook, Excel, Word, PPT as well as various old PST's (on external storage) that I can access if needed.

    So, what happens to all my Office files that are on my system if I make the switch? Do they all automatically become associated with the newly installed Office 2016? I assume the old PST become somewhat worthless unless I have access to a Windows machine.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

  2. chscag macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    If you already have an older version of Mac Office installed, Mac Office 2016 will co-exist with it. However, all Office files will default to being opened with the Office 2016 apps.
  3. FHayek thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2012
    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I don't have 2011 installed. Your "however" tells me it doesn't matter and that old files (windows/office )will associate with 2016 software.

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