How to Install Microsoft Office on Linux

Adding Microsoft Office to your Linux desktop might be impossible but it’s not impossible.

How to Install Microsoft Office on Linux

In the United States, Microsoft Office is the most widely used productivity software. There are several different office suites out there from companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple, and others. Each one has some power capabilities, but it varies greatly in the number of features users can expect. The skill sets required to create the programs themselves can vary greatly as well. Without specific skills in Microsoft Office, those programs will not function at all. Which means, without those skills, you can create a spreadsheet, but be unable to open and edit a presentation. Many enterprising souls have been taking advantage of situations like these by using resourceful loophole resources to install applications that enable users to function with Microsoft Office. But can Linux users do the same? There are three options for installing Microsoft Office on Linux, and finding the right one for you.

Microsoft Office by FreeOffice.com

You need to know what FreeOffice.com is before exploring their method for installing Office on Linux. FreeOffice is a collaborative online workplace service for office users, offering access to Microsoft Office suite programs. Users can convert their existing Google Docs into Microsoft Office and then transfer to their own platform. FreeOffice does not provide access to Microsoft Office Professional or the full suite of programs for each. However, it can be installed on any version of Linux. This includes Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, or FreeBSD. Currently, FreeOffice does not have an online solution for installing Office through Bootstrap, but it is a work in progress.

Proprietary Skype Document Server

Many Linux-based operating systems won’t allow users to view or edit Microsoft Office documents. This is because the software source code is not supported by Linux-based operating systems. Some programmers have attempted to cover this gap by using traditional Windows Office Open XML source code in other programs. This program, called Skype Document Server, provides access to Microsoft Office software directly from an entire server on your Linux system. Users have the option of using the program without any knowledge of the source code on Windows, as well as Linux. When done this way, you can open and edit virtually all documents using shared documents created by another user on Linux. This method has been around for a long time, and is most viable for programming solutions that are developed around Microsoft Office.

PUMP.exe

PUMP.exe is the obvious way to install Microsoft Office on Linux. It is a relatively small process that requires just an administrator permission. You can install this program anywhere Linux has support for Windows (I ran it from the Internet at my own home Linux server) on a dual kernel system. Other countries have different requirements for their distribution of Linux. For instance, it can only be installed by running on a distribution called Linuxia.com, which is a slightly different program. Due to my personal preference for Ubuntu, I’m installing this program with Ubuntu’s recommended install utility, Guru, since it’s the only program available to me in the United States. If the program feels too complex or bloated on your system, you can always learn to code yourself.

After you have installed all three of these applications, you can test it out and see how it functions. But don’t be afraid of the error messages that you receive. They are mainly indicators that the application hasn’t been fully set up yet, but you should accept them as normal. There is no reason you can’t experience smoother working and better files files on your next Linux installation, but make sure you are comfortable running the programs if you don’t already know the source code in advance.

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