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    Hello Everyone

    I am new to using Linux as my daily driver OS. Just 4 days ago Windows took a crap with an update and Microsoft did not call for 4 days. I finally got so frustrated as a Microsoft Partner that I formatted my machine and installed Linux. I had been thinking about doing this for some time and watched many You Tube videos on the best way to do this and make life easy again. Anyways I am on day 3 of using Mint Linux with Ubuntu and I have managed to accomplish a lot.

    I did install the paid version of Wine called Cross Over after watching a video on you tube that discussed what Wine is etc. I then installed Office 365 with the latest version of Cross Over and the latest version of Mint Linux. All updates have been done to Linux and Cross Over.

    I am not able to get outlook working, however that is not as big a deal as i discovered and installed Thunderbird to work with our corporate exchange server and downloaded many nice plugins for Thunderbird, so as of today email seems ok.

    My real issue is with Word processing and Excel and PowerPoint all of which have been daily drivers for me for over 25 years. I got each of these programs working with Cross Over, and i have come to discover that opening a file using word in the File Menu does not work and opens a blank page. I then go directly to the file in the file manager in Linux and open it and sometimes it opens and many times it still opens with a blank screen. I was hoping that someone has a similar issue and solution. It would be nice to be able to open the files directly from Word and not go through massive tree structures of files 15-20 deep just to find a file that may or may not be the correct file.

    I did see Libre Office - But it has a real issue with opening complex documents etc. Not to mention it is just very different in terms layout etc. Perhaps one day I can covert over completely.

    I just cant seem to figure out how and why my existing documents will not open. Simple documents with 1 or 2 pictures are a problem.

    I did manage to figure out how to Sync my cloud One drive account with Linux R Clone and it is working great.

    Any help would be great.

    Overall I am really enjoying Linux.

    Thank you
    Michael

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    Re: New To Wine and Ubuntu - MS Office 365

    Thread moved to the "MINT" forum.

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    Re: New To Wine and Ubuntu - MS Office 365

    Isn't it true that you can use a web version of MS office if you have an outlook/hotmail account?

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    Re: New To Wine and Ubuntu - MS Office 365

    Yes there is a web version you can also configure to use OUTLOOK look or other mail clients. What does this have to do with Wine and Microsoft Word and opening files etc.

    Web versions of word are not the same and have limited functionality and are harder to use as a daily driver. Those are used more for collaboration and to compete with G Suite.

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    Re: New To Wine and Ubuntu - MS Office 365

    Quote Originally Posted by michaelmacho View Post
    Yes there is a web version you can also configure to use OUTLOOK look or other mail clients. What does this have to do with Wine and Microsoft Word and opening files etc.

    Web versions of word are not the same and have limited functionality and are harder to use as a daily driver. Those are used more for collaboration and to compete with G Suite.
    Wine is a hit and miss that is never guaranteed to work. It also depends on your version of Office and the version of wine. Maybe you can get some info about what works in WineHq's list, but the list is kind of outdated and old so it might work even if the list says it doesn't and vice versa. You can control the wine version with PlayOnLinux so if there is some version of wine that works with your version of Office (with Platinum or Gold rating) then you are home free. Just create a wine prefix in playonlinux with the version of wine that works. Playonlinux is in the Ubuntu repository so it should also be in Mint's.

    If nothing works and if you have at least 6 G of ram (and a Windows installer) you can set up a minimalist VM for Windows and install Office in there, that will definitely works, guaranteed. Virtualbox is quite easy to set up.
    Last edited by monkeybrain20122; August 13th, 2021 at 12:15 AM.

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    Re: New To Wine and Ubuntu - MS Office 365

    Hi
    Thank you for the reply. I actually have already setup Oracle Virtual Box VM and installed windows on that in order to use it if needed or if i need to reference it in order to manage tech support of my company. I would really really like not to have to use Windows as little as possible.

    I saw 2 you tube videos with the exact version of Cross Over and office 365 work yesterday online. Again the applications work and open as a program, you can create new documents that are complex in structure and open them with no problem. It is the existing documents that are an issue. about 5 years ago others using office and wine had similar issues based on the forums i have read.

    I figured by now it would be working or have some work around.

    If we cant get this to work with Office 365 to open existing files, then I will look into going down a few versions to Office 2019 and see if that helps. \

    Any thoughts ?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: New To Wine and Ubuntu - MS Office 365

    Well I don't really know. I don't use MS Office and I am not a big wine user. Your question actually belongs in the Wine subforum rather than here since it really has nothing to do with Mint. I am sure wine works the same way in both Ubuntu and Mint, and if differences do exist those would be trivial. I think there is more traffic in the wine subforum and you are more likely to get an answer there. It seems nobody really visit this part of the forum except people who are bored or procrastinating on other stuffs like me.
    Last edited by monkeybrain20122; August 13th, 2021 at 04:48 AM.

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    Re: New To Wine and Ubuntu - MS Office 365

    Can you move this to the WINE forum
    it was suggested to do that.

    As a new user i am not sure i am able to do this.

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    Re: New To Wine and Ubuntu - MS Office 365

    Quote Originally Posted by michaelmacho View Post
    Can you move this to the WINE forum
    it was suggested to do that.

    As a new user i am not sure i am able to do this.
    You have to ask a moderator to do that. So click "report post" at the lower left hand corner of your first post and then explain the reason.

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    Re: New To Wine and Ubuntu - MS Office 365

    Hello michaelmacho and welcome to the forum, since you use Mint Linux your thread belongs here and as for our volunteers seeing your post I believe most of them use the activity stream to view new posts, so the best way to get your thread seen is to bump your post once every twelve hours to keep it in view of the volunteers here.

    https://ubuntuforums.org/activity.php

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