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  • No.

    It is technically possible to adapt Microsoft Office to Linux, but Microsoft isn't keen on allowing Office users to choose their operating system. There are other issues with MS Office and openness — like Microsoft's fierce opposition to supporting the OpenDocument format.

    However, a complete, Free, reliable office suite exists: It will happily use all your existing office files in MS-Word, MS-Excel, and MS-PowerPoint format, and is really free (both as in freedom and as in price). And it runs on Windows as well as on Linux.

    Answered by GetGNULinux
    6 years ago
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  • I would like to correct GetGNULinux:

    Yes! There is a way to run Microsoft Office on Linux using "Crossover Office" by CodeWeavers. Crossover can be run on many operating systems to help transition users away from the Windows OS.

    While I agree that OpenOffice is a valid alternative, most professionals would prefer to use Microsoft Office over OpenOffice or at least side by side until compatibility issues are worked out.

    Answered by allenwjones
    6 years ago
    2 7
  • I agree with Allen W Jones above, but instead of paying for a product such as 'CrossOver Office', you can use Wine. Wine is a free open source piece of software, that CrossOver Office is based on. You can find Wine and the list of applications it works with at [url][/url]. However, only some versions of Microsoft Office work with Wine. What version of Microsoft Office do you want to run? Alternatively, you can run Windows inside Linux with VirtualBox. For help installing VirtualBox, please tell us what distribution of Linux you use?

    Answered by l33tmyst
    6 years ago
    1 2
  • Depends on application.

    Word 2003 worked out of the box with wine when I tried. Had no problems.

    Others might have slight problems and some will not work at all. MS Office is a lot more than Word/Excel/Powerpoint after all.

    Easy way to check if a program should work with wine is to just google "winehq world of warcraft", or any other app after winehq.

    There is good information about what works and what does not. Here is an example: [url][/url]

    Answered by OjM
    6 years ago
    1 1
  • It is technically possible for you to use Microsoft Office on Linux VIA the use of Wine, which runs it nicely. If you have the disk for 2003 or 2007, WINE should run and install it just fine (with the experience that I've had).

    However, there really isn't a real need to do so. OpenOffice (which comes standard with an Ubuntu install, and with most distros, apparently) has become MUCH better, to the extent where I have completely shelved Office in favor of it. Updates are much more rapid, the interface is essentially the same, it looks a LOT nicer now, and it is more familiar in comparison to the new 2007 look, which is unnecessarily arbitrary.

    I am a student who is required to have Office, and yet I have shelved it in favor of the open source. I suggest you do the same.

    Answered by lsussan
    6 years ago
    1 1
  • You can use virtualization to run MS Office on a Windows virtual machine as well, as l33tmyst pointed out there is VirtualBox which is free, and VMware Server which is also free. However, I'd evaluate what you really need and see if some of out fine Open Source applications can do the job. One Open Source application I like a lot because it is speedy is AbiWord.

    Answered by kpauburn
    6 years ago
    1 0
  • First sorry for the spelling I am dislex...
    To who ever asked the question:-

    For all questions starting with ("Can I run......" in this case MS Office "on ........." in this case Linux? ).

    The answer depends on:-

    Y you need/want to run ........ in the case MS Office?

    If the answer is (just to see if I can) then the answer is YES

    If the answer is so I can work on documents that iver others have worked on in MS Office or So that I can share my Documents with others that use MS Office then the answer is another question. Y not use something like OpenOffice? (with care to rember to "save as" makeing shour that the document is saveed in the apropate formati).

    If the answer is I need "MS Access" or "MS Access Pro" then NO (there are database programs in sweets like OpenOffice but speeking as a persion who has done Access programming. there is nothing quite like Access and Access is very finikey about the envarment it works in esp if useing any of the VB fuctions)

    If the answer is (I need to becous) then the answer is NO

    I do not understand this need/wish to use programs from one platform on another platform. I use Linux, Unix, OS X, MS Windows nnn OS2, DOS and BeOS. Thay all have the strents and weekness and I have found that one has to use the right tool for the right job.

    BUT there are two killer programs for me "OpenOffice" becous it works on all plaforms and "The GIMP" becous it dous what I want it to do on all platforms.


    Answered by Topcatsteve
    6 years ago
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  • You could run microsoft office with wine.

    IBM lotus symphony is a good choice comparing to other office offers tab feature and interoperability is quite good.

    Answered by gctpoy
    6 years ago
    0 1
  • From what i've heard Excel/Powerpoint/Word/Outlook normally work fine (2003 and 2007 editions) but access has a long histroy of not working atall!

    Answered by Luke
    6 years ago
    0 0
  • You can find out easily if application X will run on Wine at Then, search for your app under "Browse Apps". The page for your app will tell you whether it runs at all, how well it runs, and any special Windows DLLs or other workarounds you'll need to run it.

    Answered by Shadow_Chaser14
    6 years ago
    0 1
  • Dont know the truth to this but seen some reports where Microsoft Office 2014 might have a linux edition kind of like MS office for Mac...

    Answered by jrspur2003
    2 years ago
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  • As a 25-year computer professional, and a confessed Microsoft hater, let me give you a straight, admittedly unbiased answer. I have yet to see anything that even comes close to Office. I have switched entirely to Mac and Ubuntu at home, and paid for the Office 365 subscription because OpenOffice and LibreOffice are unstable, unreliable, and the MS Office compatibility is absolutely unusable. That's the answer as of 2014.

    Answered by jimerman
    8 months ago
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