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My son installed LibreOffice on my new mac and, while it’s different from the MS suite by quite a bit, for my limited purposes, it’s just fine. And free.

Kathy G

> On Dec 9, 2016, at 9:52 AM, Gail Guth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Hi, Linda,
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> I am still using Microsoft Office 2008 on my relatively new-ish iMac, with no issues (one of these days I might upgrade to the latest Office programs but, if it ain't broke...).I also use Pages, Numbers and Keynote; I have found that the transition from the Microsoft programs to the Apple ones is fairly seamless, although I am still               not totally used to using Pages or Numbers. They work well, just somewhat differently, and I haven't yet done enough on either of these Apple suite programs to get all the nuances. I absolutely love Keynote, probably because I almost never used PowerPoint and basically started with Keynote. But any PPT files I've come across have translated directly into Keynote without issue. 
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> I now have Office on the iPad too, so it seems to be a cross-platform world. 
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> I have not ventured much into the world of Google, only if others have sent me links to Google files. I have this underlying fear that Google will conquer the world as they seem to be doing EVERYTHING and soon we won't have any more choices. I had the same fear of Microsoft, but happily Apple et al blossomed enough to at least slow Microsoft down. Maybe someone will rescue us from the domination of Google.
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> Gail
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> On 12/9/16 10:30 AM, Linda Feltner wrote:
>> HI All:
>> Tis the Season to ... Upgrade the computer....(grrr, argh)....
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>> I am considering purchasing a new computer, and wondered if you MAC folks could tell me how you use Microsoft office products on the new Mac OS systems.  My system is "vintage". 
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>> The Adobe Creative Suite that I depend on, I understand it's now in the cloud.  But what about Microsoft Excel, Word, & Powerpoint? 
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>> I know there are alternatives, but I cannot change all my teaching Powerpoint presentations to Keynote. And I really can't see changing Word or Excel documents into anything else. 
>> I might start using new software, but I must open my archived files in those programs. 
>> Perhaps now they can be EASILY imported, but I am not aware of this. 
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>> Have any of you begun to use Google Docs and Sheets, and just maintain your files in the Google cloud? I've used it a little bit, but not to have my business depend on it. 
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>> No, I really don't want to do this, but your opinion would be helpful to narrow down my research. 
>> Best cheer of the Season!
>> Linda
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