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Does this computer have Microsoft Word software on it already? I have a PC and I want to convert to Apple, but all of my files are in Microsoft Word,

asked on June 22, 2012

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From the specs, Microsoft Office (Word) is not installed but you can get the Mac version at a very reasonable price and there are a few free compatible packages available. See http://www.openoffice.org/
Leon answered on November 10, 2012
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There are *plenty* of options for this that I'm surprised haven't been mentioned yet! If you care to read more, I can mention them:
- Firstly, Macs can run Windows! Download VirtualBox, VMWare, or the client of your choice to install Windows inside a virtual machine and run Windows and OS X at the same time! From ther… see more
There are *plenty* of options for this that I'm surprised haven't been mentioned yet! If you care to read more, I can mention them:
- Firstly, Macs can run Windows! Download VirtualBox, VMWare, or the client of your choice to install Windows inside a virtual machine and run Windows and OS X at the same time! From there, install Office for Windows normally. Most VMs also allow seamless mode--with it on, you can Word right on top of OS X, as if it were a native OS X app. Of course, you can also use Boot Camp to dual-boot between Windows and OS X, but this can be a bit more tedious to do, as you will need to install the drivers for Boot Camp and partition the disk.
- Secondly, you can buy Office for Mac. While 2011 is a good version, personally, I've stayed with 2008 because it's universal (it can run on G3 and G4 Macs as well), and it doesn't need activated for me to run it. In any case, Office 365 runs on Mac OS X and Windows, and there is SkyDrive with Office Web Apps which allows Word to virtually run anywhere.
- And of course, Apple has their own iWork suite, which integrates with iCloud, and if you have an iPhone or iPad, is the *best* option, because mobile versions of it are available as well. Pages is superior in application design in comparison to Word in my opinion (though I haven't tried the newest one yet), and it may or may not work for you, depending on what you need it for. Word does have more features than Pages, but both have their pros and cons in use.
- As a sidenote, there is also Google Docs, which is excellent, as it can save and read Word documents, and runs on pretty much everything, including a Chromebook. You'll have to upload your Word documents to your Google Drive for this to work, however.
- Finally, as the last answer mentioned, there are open source alternatives to Microsoft Office (and to iWork). You can download LibreOffice for the very latest in open source office suite capabilities, or NeoOffice for a true Mac/Aqua feel that integrates better with OS X. And of course, OpenOffice.org is available as well. TextEdit, which at least had started as an open source editor, comes free with OS X, and should open basic Word documents as well.
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There are *plenty* of options for this that I'm surprised haven't been mentioned yet! If you care to read more, I can mention them:
- Firstly, Macs can run Windows! Download VirtualBox, VMWare, or the client of your choice to install Windows inside a virtual machine and run Windows and OS X at the same time! From there, install Office for Windows normally. Most VMs also allow seamless mode--with it on, you can Word right on top of OS X, as if it were a native OS X app. Of course, you can also use Boot Camp to dual-boot between Windows and OS X, but this can be a bit more tedious to do, as you will need to install the drivers for Boot Camp and partition the disk.
- Secondly, you can buy Office for Mac. While 2011 is a good version, personally, I've stayed with 2008 because it's universal (it can run on G3 and G4 Macs as well), and it doesn't need activated for me to run it. In any case, Office 365 runs on Mac OS X and Windows, and there is SkyDrive with Office Web Apps which allows Word to virtually run anywhere.
- And of course, Apple has their own iWork suite, which integrates with iCloud, and if you have an iPhone or iPad, is the *best* option, because mobile versions of it are available as well. Pages is superior in application design in comparison to Word in my opinion (though I haven't tried the newest one yet), and it may or may not work for you, depending on what you need it for. Word does have more features than Pages, but both have their pros and cons in use.
- As a sidenote, there is also Google Docs, which is excellent, as it can save and read Word documents, and runs on pretty much everything, including a Chromebook. You'll have to upload your Word documents to your Google Drive for this to work, however.
- Finally, as the last answer mentioned, there are open source alternatives to Microsoft Office (and to iWork). You can download LibreOffice for the very latest in open source office suite capabilities, or NeoOffice for a true Mac/Aqua feel that integrates better with OS X. And of course, OpenOffice.org is available as well. TextEdit, which at least had started as an open source editor, comes free with OS X, and should open basic Word documents as well.
Good luck!

Andrew Greimann answered on January 22, 2014
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