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So I'm very comfortable with the Windows platform and it is indeed within my profession. However, I am limited by Windows capabilities and feel I cannot be satisfied until I dive head first into the Linux world. In doing so this has posed some challenges for me as far as compatibility i.e. installing Microsoft Office 2010 on the latest Ubuntu distro. The reasons this is needed may be obvious to some, but either way I need to install Microsoft Office 2010 on the Ubuntu 10.10 distro.

I have done so much research into this it's quite ridiculous, a plethora of how to's out there for 2003 and 2007, but nothing for Office 2010. Any ideas on how I can be a bit more successful with my attempt to install Microsoft Office 2010 on Ubuntu 10.10?

P.S. Primary needs is Outlook for the exchange mail, and visual studio for network diagrams and ect.

Thanks,

Infatuas

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I was going to say try wine as well, but whats wrong with OpenOffice? It can open, edit and save in Microfost office formats, just not the very latest office format. But even if you saved it in office 2003 format, Office 2010 should have no issue opening it.

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Yes, I have tried different versions of WINE as well. I have been sucessful at installing office 2003, but I was not able to perform the activation over the internet or phone as the boxes where all grey'd out. Seems like some sort of problem with is MSXML6 install which is required for 2007 and above, but not the only problem.

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Yes, I have tried different versions of WINE as well. I have been sucessful at installing office 2003, but I was not able to perform the activation over the internet or phone as the boxes where all grey'd out. Seems like some sort of problem with is MSXML6 install which is required for 2007 and above, but not the only problem.

I remember reading somewhere, that someone had activated it on a windows machine, then copied some settings either from the registry or such and was able to apply those changes in wine to activate it, but I don't have the link handy. Try googling for activating office under wine. I think the post I read about was for Photoshop, but I imagine the process would be the same or similar.

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Don't know if it will work for you, but what I did was wrap my MS Office CDs in a plastic bag and pitched them in the round bin. Then I installed OpenOffice and never looked back. If you MUST run MS Office for whatever reason, installing windows inside Virtualbox will do the trick.

I have been Microsoft free for over five years and I used to manage windoze computers for a living and still have licensing up to XP and win2ks3. Libre Office is replacing Openoffice. We do not use HW, unless it can run some kind of 'nix. Finding freebasic was the last hurdle for me, since I had written a bit of code in qbasic.

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So I'm very comfortable with the Windows platform and it is indeed within my profession. However, I am limited by Windows capabilities and feel I cannot be satisfied until I dive head first into the Linux world. In doing so this has posed some challenges for me as far as compatibility i.e. installing Microsoft Office 2010 on the latest Ubuntu distro. The reasons this is needed may be obvious to some, but either way I need to install Microsoft Office 2010 on the Ubuntu 10.10 distro.

I have done so much research into this it's quite ridiculous, a plethora of how to's out there for 2003 and 2007, but nothing for Office 2010. Any ideas on how I can be a bit more successful with my attempt to install Microsoft Office 2010 on Ubuntu 10.10?

P.S. Primary needs is Outlook for the exchange mail, and visual studio for network diagrams and ect.

Thanks,

Infatuas

Hi Infatuas,

If you read through this thread you will find the solution for your problem.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=493494

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Ditching Windows to Run Office on Linux... humpf? I also scratched my head when people decided to ditch Mac OS to run Windows on their Mac's

Try OpenOffice, Microsoft Office Live Workspace or Google Docs?

Otherwise I fail to see the logic in dumping Windows in the first place.

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