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jwolf6589

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I have a mid 2012 MacBook Pro with 8 Gigs of RAM. If I bought Windows 10 (which version do I buy?) at the store how much disk space would I need to run its basics? I would only proceed to get Office and just have Windows compatibility for the bare basics for Bootcamp. 30Gigs?
 

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I have a mid 2012 MacBook Pro with 8 Gigs of RAM. If I bought Windows 10 (which version do I buy?) at the store how much disk space would I need to run its basics? I would only proceed to get Office and just have Windows compatibility for the bare basics for Bootcamp. 30Gigs?

For basic Microsoft Office and Windows programs then you could get by with Windows 10, just the standard edition. I recommend 60 GB to allow for file storage and programs, but back with Windows 7 40 GB was a little too cozy with Office. That being said, things may of changed in Windows 10.

I would look at Office 365/Office 2016 for Mac. Microsoft has done a fantastic job of bringing the Office suite up to par with the Windows version and it sure beats having to run two operating systems.
 
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jwolf6589

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For basic Microsoft Office and Windows programs then you could get by with Windows 10, just the standard edition. I recommend 60 GB to allow for file storage and programs, but back with Windows 7 40 GB was a little too cozy with Office. That being said, things may of changed in Windows 10.

I would look at Office 365/Office 2016 for Mac. Microsoft has done a fantastic job of bringing the Office suite up to par with the Windows version and it sure beats having to run two operating systems.

I have Office 2011.
 

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30GB with Windows 10 would work if all you will be installing is the Office suite but I recommend going higher just incase. I would leave 50-60GB.
 

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I have Office 2011.

Like I said, consider migrating to Office 2016 or Office 365. There is a free trial available and I would much rather have a native program with comparable functionality to the Windows versions than have to run two operating systems for one software suite. Plus, by the time you get done buying Office for Windows and Windows 10 itself, you have exceeded the cost of just paying for the newest Office for Mac.
 

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I'd recommend 40-50 gigs. The specification on Microsoft's site says you need roughly 20 GB for Windows 10 64-bit (16 GB for 32-bit). You could probably get away with 40, but it's good to have some leeway.
 

jwolf6589

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Like I said, consider migrating to Office 2016 or Office 365. There is a free trial available and I would much rather have a native program with comparable functionality to the Windows versions than have to run two operating systems for one software suite. Plus, by the time you get done buying Office for Windows and Windows 10 itself, you have exceeded the cost of just paying for the newest Office for Mac.

Great point.
 

agaskew

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Depends what you want to do with Office...unfortunately, Office on the Mac is still nowhere near as good as it is on Windows. Outlook on our Macs is a shocker - very unstable. Also on OS X you do not get all the apps that you get on Windows, eg Access.
 

jwolf6589

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Depends what you want to do with Office...unfortunately, Office on the Mac is still nowhere near as good as it is on Windows. Outlook on our Macs is a shocker - very unstable. Also on OS X you do not get all the apps that you get on Windows, eg Access.

Outlook 2016 is not more stable than Outlook 2011?
 

agaskew

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In the experience of our (small) company, Outlook 2016 on OS X - when connected to our hosted exchange service - is prone to hanging and/or crashing. This behaviour varies between updates or Outlook, however I do not have any similar problems with Outlook 2016 on Windows 10 connected to the same hosted exchange service. "Is it as good..." is a matter of opinion. For me the fact that it is unstable means its not suitable.
 

jwolf6589

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In the experience of our (small) company, Outlook 2016 on OS X - when connected to our hosted exchange service - is prone to hanging and/or crashing. This behaviour varies between updates or Outlook, however I do not have any similar problems with Outlook 2016 on Windows 10 connected to the same hosted exchange service. "Is it as good..." is a matter of opinion. For me the fact that it is unstable means its not suitable.

Then its no wonder why so many companies use Windows Outlook.
 

Altemose

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Is it as good as the Windows version of Outlook version 2010? We use that at work and its quite powerful.

Feature wise, it is comparable. As stated though, in some configurations Outlook for Mac had been unstable. Fortunately, in the latest crop of updates it has been nothing but rock solid for me.

Then its no wonder why so many companies use Windows Outlook.

Windows is also the primary platform for business computing.
 

jwolf6589

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Feature wise, it is comparable. As stated though, in some configurations Outlook for Mac had been unstable. Fortunately, in the latest crop of updates it has been nothing but rock solid for me.



Windows is also the primary platform for business computing.

Can it do return receipts, Word art and the other features of Outlook 2010?
 
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