Using Office with Windows 8

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

Have new Windows 8 computer.

Can I install Microsoft Office 7 or 10 on my computer?

The new Office is good for one year, while older versions are good for the life of the computer and expensive.

Thanks – Dave

Hi Dave,

I have not yet experimented with different versions of Office on Windows 8, but after a bit of research online, it looks like you should be able to run either Office 2007 or 2010 on your new Windows 8 Computer.

I do want to explain a little bit about the new office. There are actually two different versions of Office 2013. One is subscription based. It lets you purchase a one year subscription and use it on up to 5 devices, including your Mac and tablet. All your work is stored in the cloud so that you can work on your documents in one location, and pick right back up where you left off from another location.

Microsoft also sells Office 2013 in a stand alone version which does not expire after one year, but you can only install it on one computer, and it will not be continuously updated like the 360 version.

If both of those options are not in your price range, there is always the free, open source, version of Office called Open Office at Open source simply means that it was created by a group of volunteers instead of a company. Open Office can read files created in Microsoft Office, and save files in Office format as well.



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    • garybeafl
    • February 11, 2014

    I think a better choice to replace Office would be Libre. It is a free office suite much like Open Office.

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