Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/171565/how-to-install-microsoft-office-on-linux/
Linux users can use LibreOffice, Google Docs, and even Microsoft’s Office Web Apps, but some people still need — or just want — the desktop version of Microsoft Office. Luckily, there are ways to run Microsoft Office on Linux.
In my experience, the biggest stumbling block for a Microsoft-heavy business environment is Outlook. If you can get that working well, you're in good shape.
I've run Crossover on Ubuntu, and it mostly works - but there were some odd graphical glitches in Outlook that required some changes in behavior to work around. Not something I'd want to put an average user through.
My best experience has definitely been with virtual machines in seamless (Virtualbox) or Unity (VMWare) modes.
When I read the header I was excited because I thought that somehow, someone came up with the way to install MS Office on Linux. When I saw Wine and Crossover I was really disappointed. All those Windows applications through Wine, Crossover and in Virtualbox, in my opinion, are running the same as a car would run with wrong spark plugs or dirty gas. There is always a glitch or glitches. Maybe it was better to say: How to install MS Office inside Linux with Wine, Crossover and in Virtualbox...
I would always choose a VM over Wine if it is available. Its fairly obvious when Wine doesnt work, the app spews out error codes and dies. However, even if the App does appear to be working, you never know if there is something broken that isnt throwing a visible error. Its just not worth the risk to me, if it is something important.
I dont honestly know why anyone would want to do this
Crazy idea. Imagine installing a good operating system and then cluttering it up.
I have used LibreOffice for several years (and OpenOffice before that), and to me the only advantage of Microsoft Office over LibreOffice relates to my knowledge of VisualBasic, and my (thus far) lack of trying and learning LibreOffice's macro functionality.
Just refuse to accept proprietary formats an be done.
The days of needing microsoft are long gone.
First of all thanks Chris for such a helpful post!
In an authentic way you have shared the details.
Step by step, not only through description but also with images you have inculcated how to install it.
It's all very well saying just ignore microsoft etc but if you run a business and people are sending you word docx files you not only need to read them but send them back with good formatting. I know someone who is selfemployed and he told me that if he just used LibreOffice and sent them a doc file i'ts probable that the formatting will be wrong and he will look unprofessional so he is forced to use Word.