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Install Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu

Note : Use only if you have Legal Copy of Microsoft Office 2007

Microsoft Office 2007 is such a popular word processing application although until now it'a still not available yet for ubuntu or other Linux distro. When you are using Ubuntu and you do not feel familiar with LibreOffice it's good try to install Microsoft Office 2007 in your Ubuntu (*if you have the legal copy) I think it is a wise choice than you are sacrificing your time.

To be able to install Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu we need such supporting application and library so that Office 2007 can be work properly, some of these applications are Wine 1.3, Winetrick, msttcorefonts-offline library (to make clear type and smooth font face) and some required library. Here are step by step to install Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu 11.10 :


Install Wine 1.3
Step first is installing Wine (windows emulator) version 1.3 through PPA, do following action in terminal :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wine1.3

Download and Install Microsoft Core Font Library
To complate your Office 2007 font collection, download and install msttcorefont-offline as following :
wget http://imaginux.com/repos/pool/renzo/msttcorefonts-offline_1.0-0ubuntu1_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i msttcorefonts-offline_1.0-0ubuntu1_all.deb

Install Windows DLL Component in Ubuntu
To ensure your Windows application can work properly, install required windows library (DLL) through following step :
  • Run Winetrick (sudo winetrick)
  • Select Install a Windows DLL or Component
  • Components are selected: msxml3, dotnet20, gdiplus, riched20, riched30, and vcrun2005

Install Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu
After you do some of the above, now is the time you install Office 2007 in your system, you can double click or open with `wine` the Office 2007 installer [setup.exe], or do following command in your terminal :
$ wine /path/to/office2007installer/setup.exe

Microsoft Office 2007 run on Ubuntu 11.10

If step by step above have been executed without error, you should have Microsoft Office 2007 installed in your Ubuntu. Go to Application > Wine > Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Word 2007 to open the program.

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