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Microsoft Office or Open Office
June 2, 2011
10:55 am
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Jim Bass
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I have purchased a laptop with Windows 7 – 64 bit.

My old laptop had Vista 32 bit.  On this computer I used Microsoft Office 2007 that was used to keep simple records on at home in Excel and rarely use Word.  The label on M. Office 2007 states something about a print driver not available for a 64 bit operating system.

As M. Office 2010 is rather expensive and OO is free, I have searched the internet to  determine if OO will work with a 64 bit.  Have been unable to determine.  Does anyone know and would OO accept files from Excell 2007.

Any suggestion would be appreciated.

 

Thanks

June 2, 2011
3:47 pm
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Jim,

Personally, I would stay with MS Office.  You can go with the home and student version (MSRP $149) that includes Word Excel PowerPoint and OneNote.  MS Office is what most people use. 

I have not heard good things about the new version of OpenOffice 3x.  It says it will open the newest MS Office formats, and it is free.  Incompatible file formats have been around forever.  There is still no reliable standard for apps.

Printer drivers are associated with the operating system, not applications. Many older printers do not have drivers for 64 bit OS.

I think what they are saying is that you need to be sure you can print on your printer.

There are other web based solutions such as Google Docs that might work for you, but they require good Internet connection and you will still have file format inconsistancies.

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