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How to successfully install Microsoft Office to Ubuntu

If you are a Linux enthusiast you are probably already find the title of the post strange and / or insulting. At this point I am going to have to ask you to take a deep breath and consider this…


Sometimes we are forced to use tools we wouldn’t normally just because our environment “force” us to. For example:

  1. I like using Libre Office but all the partners and employees of my firm are used to work in MS Office. I certainly can’t force the whole company to change ( at least in a day ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
  2. I host Open Coffee Thessaloniki meetings where interesting people share their entrepreneurial experiences with us on a monthly basis. Most of them are using either MS Power Point or Keynote… and love effects on their presentations ๐Ÿ™‚


I am using Linux and I want to be able to occasionally use Microsoft Office documents by preserving the Microsoft special format.


#1. Install Microsoft Office Online Apps in Ubuntu.

With this solution we are basically using the online tools connected to MS One Drive to view and edit (?) MS documents. From my experience edit doesn’t work that well ๐Ÿ™‚ but still it’s a neat solution to easily view documents.

#2. Install MS Office via Play On Linux.

Wasn’t working (at least for me) for Ubuntu Versions before 14.04. Tried it on Ubuntu 14.04 for Office 2010 and it worked fine.


You might also want to install MS fonts for better compatibility ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers and good luck!

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By A.

Hello. I am Apostolos Kritikos. A Software Engineer and Researcher โ€œmade in Greeceโ€. I love coffee, music and doing the lindy hop (swing dancing).