microsoft works upgrade to office????

  missymoo142913 13:34 28 Dec 2006

this is my 1st post on here. i bought a laptop on boxing day that came with microsoft works, i now realise i need ms office due to needing excel & word for my husbands business (he receives lots of excel email attachments & also needs to invoice in excel). can i upgrade to office from works if so how?? or do i need to start from scratch & buy a full office package?? i have searched online for free trials but to no avail
:-(. any help is appreciated. thank you

  anskyber 13:38 28 Dec 2006

Welcome to the forums!

Upgrading could be very expensive. We have one member here who is red hot on excel and may know of cheaper or even free alternatives which are compliant with the full version.

  anskyber 13:40 28 Dec 2006

click here is the sort of thing I had in mind.

  VoG II 13:43 28 Dec 2006

You need Office Standard Edition 2003 Upgrade. This requires a version of Works to qualify as an upgrade. e.g. click here

Or get Open Office for free. However, VBA macros written in Excel won't run.

  VoG II 13:44 28 Dec 2006

Open Office click here

  anskyber 13:44 28 Dec 2006

There you are, right on cue he appears!

  missymoo142913 14:02 28 Dec 2006

thanks for the quick response!! sorry but what is "vba macros"

  VoG II 14:05 28 Dec 2006

Visual Basic for Applications - a way of programming Office to do things that aren't built-in. If you don't know what they are then I doubt if you use them.

  missymoo142913 14:10 28 Dec 2006

thank you. if i use this open office can i use excel?? if so if i email a spreadsheet to someone who uses ms office will they be able to open the attachment? sorry for being really dumb today, i can use excel etc but trying to sort this out is proving to be a headache for me!!!

  VoG II 14:15 28 Dec 2006

Open Office's spreadsheet is called Calc. You can save spreadsheets in Excel format so that they can be read by anybody who has Excel or Excel viewer.

  anskyber 14:15 28 Dec 2006

In effect yes, the spreadsheet can be read by excel users.

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