Laptops/netbooks - compatibility with MS Office?

  CarterUSM 14:13 22 Jan 2010


I am thinking of buying a netbook in the near future. Could anyone confirm whether netbooks come with Microsoft Office as standard? If not, do they include applications that are similar to/compatible with Excel & Word?

Many thanks in anticipation.

  Strawballs 14:22 22 Jan 2010

Open Office 3 which is free to download is compatable with word / excel. If any of the netbooks do come with Office it will only be a 30 or 60 day trial.

  wee eddie 15:11 22 Jan 2010

many Netbooks cost less than M$ Office

  OTT_B 15:51 22 Jan 2010

Some netbooks are advertised as MS Office Ready and include a trial version of the software. The trial versions tend to expire after 60 days or so, after which you have to pay for the software.

Netbooks being sold as standard with a fully licensed copy of MS Office are few and far between.

Open Office, as suggested by Strawballs, is definitely a good free alternative.

  tonyq 16:13 22 Jan 2010

Bought A Samsung 140 Netbook for my son just before christmas to use at uni.It came with Microsoft Office 2007 Student edition I'm almost certain it is on trial for 12 months.

  Sea Urchin 16:57 22 Jan 2010

Yes, you're correct - it is for one year

  CarterUSM 15:41 24 Jan 2010

Thanks all.

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