In this new guide today we will talk about how to install Microsoft Office on Linux as the most popular productivity suite in the world is not officially available for this operating system.
How to use Microsoft Office on Linux via browser
Even if all the functions present in the complete suite are not available, it is possible to use a simple browser to write a document via Word, create a spreadsheet using Excel or create a presentation through PowerPoint. You can do this using the online versions of the 3 famous software. Obviously, Outlook is also available.
Additionally, if you have an Office 365 subscription, you can access additional tools. Since we are talking about Microsoft Office Online, obviously you will not be able to use the 3 programs without having an Internet connection.
To start using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook via browser, use the link below.
We remind you that in order to use the online suite it is necessary to have a Microsoft account that can be created through the appropriate Web page.
How to install Microsoft Office on Linux via PlayOnLinux
First of all, it is necessary to install Wine and PlayOnLinux. To do this, open the terminal and type the command sudo apt install wine. In the next step, add a public key for the PlayOnLinux software that runs along with Wine by giving the command wget -q “http://deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg” -O- | sudo apt-key add – .
Now, we need to add PPA information to the package manager via the sudo wget command http://deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_precise.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list. Completed this procedure correctly, you need to proceed with updating and installing PlayOnLinux using the commands sudo apt update and sudo apt install playonlinux. In addition to the terminal, it is possible to install Wine and PlayOnLinux using the application store.
At this point, all you need to do is start the program from Menu > Applications, click on the Office tab and select the appropriate version of Microsoft Office. With PlayOnLinux, you can use up to 32-bit Office 2013. However, to get the best results in terms of stability and performance, we recommend using Office 2010.
For this, it is necessary to have the ISO file and an original key. To proceed with the Office 2010 download, connect to the dedicated Web page, enter the product key in the appropriate field and press Check. If successful, proceed with downloading the image file.
Once you have the right version of Microsoft Office, start PlayOnLinux, select DVD-ROM or the installation file and click on Next. In case you had chosen the setup.exe file, you will have to search for it. At this point, PlayOnLinux will proceed with the installation of the Office suite and, once completed, you will be able to use Microsoft Office 2010.
As an alternative to PlayOnLinux, you might consider CrossOver. It is a paid tool (with free trial version) that allows you to run even the most recent versions of Microsoft Office such as Office 2016 (currently it is not supported by PlayOnLinux). In addition to this, the installation of CrossOver is much simpler than the program seen earlier.
So, to proceed with the download of the trial version of the program for Linux (valid for 14 days), you just need to connect to the download page, choose the Linux distribution in use via the drop-down menu under Linux Distribution (eg Ubuntu or Debian ), fill in the Name and Email fields and press the Download Trial Now button.
How to install Microsoft Office on Linux via VirtualBox
VirtualBox is a powerful, well-known free software that allows you to virtualize one operating system over another without having to perform the actual installation. In this case, therefore, you can use Microsoft Office on your Linux computer by installing the package on the Windows virtual machine. Since we have already written and published a guide on the subject, we report it below so you will have access to all the steps to follow to proceed.