Switching - but need to use Office. Best solution?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by spiff101, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. spiff101 macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2006
    I'm going to buy a 2Ghz macbook this christmas, making the switch from PC.
    2 questions:

    1) I need to be absolutely sure I can transfer and work on Word documents and Powerpoint presentations both on my work PC and my macbook with full compatibility. Should I get the MS OS version of Office or use Bootcamp? I guess setting up a whole other OS would take up a lot of system resources?

    2) There seem to be quite a few Mac for Office sellers on eBay, mostly 2nd-hand. What issues are there for product keys and so on - what do I need to ask the seller so I can be sure it'll run ok?


  2. geese macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    London, UK
    Mac Office runs fine under Rosetta, assuming you've got plenty of RAM. Not worth the hassle of running Bootcamp, why bother switching in the first place.

    As for buying second hand, make sure they are legit and have their serial numbers. Or if you are a student, get the academic version for cheap.
  3. Caezar macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2004
    Between a rock and a hard place
    I run Office for Mac on a 20-inch Core Duo iMac with 1.5 megs of RAM. I find it very very sluggish. I think you would be better off running Office under Parallels or wait for the next Office version.

  4. R.Youden macrumors 68020


    Apr 1, 2005
    I use Neo Office which I like and is free but I am not 100% sure about compatability. I am sure some people who use it more can provide more info.
  5. Flyinace2000 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2004
    I used to use Entourage all the time, but it always felt "slow" and not all there. I had Parallels installed, so i install Office Outlook. I hate to say it, but the PC version of Outlook is far superior to the mac version.
  6. thebeephaha macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2006
    Seattle WA
    YEA. You would with 1.5 megs..... I think you mean gigs... But I agree, you really need 2GB before things in rosetta run happy.
  7. blackstone macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2005
    Washington, DC
    I use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint (from Mac Office 2004) very frequently on my Macbook with 1.25 gigs of RAM. They're a bit sluggish on startup, but they work perfectly fine once they finish loading. I also like the interface of the Mac version of Word better than the Windows version -- it's prettier, and the tool palette floating on the side uses screen space much better than the horizontal toolbar in the Windows version.

    As for compatibility, you can transfer documents back and forth between the Mac and Windows versions without any loss of data -- although there are sometimes quirks where the Mac version can read embedded graphics formats that the Windows version can't, and the Windows version can read embedded sound file formats that the Mac version can't. (Note, though, that this merely affects your ability to see/hear the embedded files in a given version -- the data itself remains intact).
  8. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City
    oh lord, this is getting out of hand!

    you don't need that much memory just for freakin' word documents. 1 GB is fine - it might take 10 seconds to start up, but after that nothing should be sluggish.
  9. R.Youden macrumors 68020


    Apr 1, 2005
    Office 2004 comes with a compatability checker so you know what wont work on what version of Office. (The small red toolbox at the top right in the photo below)

    Attached Files:

  10. breakfastcrew macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2006
  11. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2004
    ct, us
    Agreed. I use Office all the time on my MBP. It works fine. And I often have to open/edit/email Windows versions of docs. No problems.
  12. Chone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    Ever since I got Office 2007 I can´t stand using Office 2004 OSX or Office 2003 WinXP so now I use Parallels, the speed is decent enough and Office 2007 is worth the speed penalty (which is not even much if you have plenty of RAM).
  13. spiff101 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2006
    hey, thanks all. So if I go with Office for Mac (off ebay, as it's way too expensive otherwise), I just need to make sure I get a serial number with it, and it should run?


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