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I would like to use install Ubuntu for a brother, but he needs MS Word and MS Power Point for work.

Open alternatives apart, how well does MS Word 2007 and MS Power Point 2007 work in Wine?

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you should try libreoffice it has very good compatibilty with both doc,ppt and docx,pptx. also softmaker office (40$) is linux native and has full compatibility with msoffice. –  Alaukik Feb 6 '11 at 5:05
    
I've been using Word 2007 on my linux computer for about a year now with just Wine, and it works pretty good - mostly usable for work. I do find some oddities here and there, usually just need to close the document and re-open when that happens. –  Adam M-W Nov 22 '11 at 2:28
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playonlinux Install playonlinux

is a piece of sofware which allows you to easily install and use numerous games and softwares designed to run with Microsoft®'s Windows®.

For ubuntu , PlayOnLinux is actually available in the universe repositories, you can install it by typing the simple command :

sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Now after playonlinux is installed, lets start Now the installation is easy just follow the steps as described bellow:

1- Open Playonlinux

Go to your menu and open Application-->Games-->PlayOnlinux

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2- Click Next

3- Select from where you will install Microsoft office 2007

4- enter you Microsoft office 2007 KEY

5- Accept the term and conditions then click continue

6- Click install now to start the installation of Microsoft Office 2007

7- Microsoft Office 2007 is installing

8- Installation is complete

9- Create Menu and Desktop shotcuts

10-Ms Office 2007 has been installed successfully

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You can find out how well programs run in wine using the AppDB:

On AppDB, software is given one of the following ratings:

  • Platinum (Software will install and run without requiring any extra steps, tricks or workarounds)
  • Gold (Working in all aspects)
  • Silver (Working well)
  • Bronze (Mostly Usable)
  • Garbage (It don't fly too well)

So, they are mostly usable but you may have a few issues.

See this wiki page for detailed information about AppDB.

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i have installed office via playonlinux. functionally its ok. but i found it irritating because plain arial font looks like its bold. also handling graphics in office is working less than perfect.

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