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?

  • 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.
    – Lincity
    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

playonlinux Install playonlinux

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

For Ubuntu, PlayOnLinux is available in the universe repository. If you have this repository enables, you can install it by typing the command:

sudo apt-get install playonlinux

After playonlinux is installed, do the following

  1. Open Playonlinux

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

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  1. Click Next
  2. Select from where you will install Microsoft office 2007
  3. enter you Microsoft Office 2007 KEY
  4. Accept the term and conditions then click continue
  5. Click install now to start the installation of Microsoft Office 2007
  6. Create Menu and Desktop shortcuts

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.


I have installed Office via playonlinux. Functionally it's ok, but I find it irritating because plain Arial font looks like its bold. Also handling graphics in Office is less than perfect.

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