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- Your options for using Microsoft Office on Linux
- No real love for Linux from Microsoft but you’ll always find a way
For many users, not having native support for Microsoft Office is the only reason why they do not switch to Linux.
Yes, Microsoft Office is not available to install on Linux.
For some existing users, not having Microsoft Office on Linux creates additional pain.
Sure, there are several good open source office suites available and they are sufficient for most users.
But there are situations when you are compelled to use MS Office.
If other people at work send you Office documents with complex macros, it may not work well with LibreOffice.
Similarly, if your university or workplace requires you to write in .docx or .xlsx and you use LibreOffice, there might be compatibility issues if tables, macros and other elements are involved.
These are practical difficulties that are encountered by people who have to collaborate with MS office users.
If you are in a situation where you must use Microsoft Office, you don’t need to ditch Linux altogether.
Here are a few suggestions on how you could use Microsoft Office on the Linux desktop.
Your options for using Microsoft Office on Linux
There are various alternative methods you can use to access Microsoft’s Office on Linux.
Sure, it’s not the same using MS Office on Windows, but at least it allows you to work with Office documents.
1. Use Microsoft Office 365 Online
Yes, you can use Microsoft Office applications in your web browser. And this works on any operating system. That includes Linux, of course.
This is the best way to access Microsoft Office apps if you have a stable internet connection.
Do note that the online Office version doesn’t have all the features you get in the desktop version. Still, it’s a good enough choice in many cases.
If you have a Microsoft account, you can sign in to Microsoft 365 directly. If you don’t have one, you must create a Microsoft account.
Without any paid subscription, you can use a lite version of all the essential office tools like Microsoft Word, Excel, and more, right on your web browser.
Sounds good, right?