MS Office install

Hi,

I am new to fedora, and my Linux experience is limited.

Could someone help me to install MS Office 2019 Pro Plus x86 x64 in my Fedora 31? (x64 please since my Fedora is x64.)

I tried installing with Wine-Staging but it always gave an error message first and quits. Actually, it seems like it cannot really install any app.

I am surprised that installing MS Office in Fedora is not very well documented.

Kind Regards

As you may know, if a program is not designed for Linux, there is no hope you can run it on Linux.
And it is true the opposite as well. Let’s say GIMP, it was born on Linux, but nowadays you can find a version compiled for Windows, and you can find the installer for that operating system. But as said, there is a package for Linux and a package for Windows.
Some programs designed for Windows have not a compiled version for Linux. Like some MacOS programs have not a version for Windows. Etc.

Wine is an effort to emulate some stuff from the Windows world. Some programs work well, some (many) programs don’t work.

Out of curiosity, where did you see MS Office 2019 working on Linux/Wine?

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Doesn’t look good: https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=37735

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Your best bet is probably to use a virtual machine.

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MS doesn’t publish it for GNU/Linux. And if it doesn’t work in Wine, there is little one can do or document about it.

You may have more luck using Office365 in a browser.

Maybe you can get used to Libreoffice and surrender MS Office entirely. From my experience this may be dificult, especially when working collaboratively in team but it’s not impossible.

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Short answer. MS Office doesn’t exist for Linux… You can install MS Office (2013) with a virtual machine. O using PlayOnLinux. Is bugy, don’t forget it… LibreOffice is a option; now has “mode tabs”…

I think it’s doable, as others did it, it’s just tricky to actually get it working and it’s beyond my knowledge. However, someone who knows more about wine and how some needed packages are named in Fedora (as most people writing they had success in running it either use Arch or Manjaro), may be able to do it in Fedora as well.

Here are some links where people got it working:
Running on Manjaro
Running on Arch

@pho4me I don’t think you’ll have success with 64-bit version. To my knowledge, everyone who runs it uses the 32 bit version of it. Anyway, does Microsoft still only recommend using the 32 bit version of Office since they have troubles fixing some bugs in the 64 bit version?

Edit: Wanted to post more links of working examples but I can’t since I’m a new user

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This looks promising to me: https://github.com/sirredbeard/unofficial-webapp-office#unofficial-web-app-wrapper-for-office-365-web-apps

In 2020, Microsoft Edge will come to Linux and you will be able to run the web-based Office from there. You should be able to do it using Chromium even today (as long as you change the User Agent to ‘Chrome’).

Microsoft has released its Teams software for Linux this week, so it’s just a matter of time until the entire office suite will be available on Linux. Makes sense, they don’t care on what platform you are runnning as long as they can sell their Office365´subscription.

Thank you people,

I was able to successfully install a full MS Office 2010 following this Ubuntu “documentation”. I know many people replies, saying that I should surrender MS Office and go for the Linux native suite. However, I believe that it isn’t always the case that all MS Office formats are compatible with the native Linux suite (Think about those forms that you can fill in and sign. Moreover, those word formats which are not in common. I would not want to mess around with important office documents or tertiary education assignments.)
The installation was so successful that I was even able to edit a Japanese writing format, which was somewhat like typing in Japanese characters to a grid-looking format template. However, sadly, I could not ‘sudo dnf update’ after about a month time because of conflicts between the “Playonlinux” repo and Fedora. I couldn’t understand it fully, but I was able to update the OS after removing Playonlinux package and a couple of more.

The web browser version of MS Office is pretty good but not yet fully implemented.

I would have to try using the web version (not free, right?) or have to swap back and forth between Windows and Linux, but I hate even touching Windows.

My final question, or rather comment is that if Ubuntu can provide a documentation which I used (Of course I had too find “command-line translations” and adding repos’, why can’t Fedora do it?

I don’t want to go back to Ubuntu because I like the Fedora community.

Kind Regards

A happy new year

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Fedora, like Ubuntu, is made by people.

People write things they do with the platform they use (Fedora, Ubuntu, whatever).

There is “official” documentation, there are blogs, forums, howto’s, magazines, gists (on github, like in this case). All that is written by people, like you and me. This is also a facet of the free software. This is a way to contribute. There is no need to be a certified super expert writer.

If there is no people that write what they do, we will not find documentation, how to’s, etc.

So, you are more than welcome if you write somewhere (on your blog, on a github gist, on the Fedora wiki, or also propose a document to include in the Fedora quick docs) the steps you performed. :slight_smile:

Thank you for that! : ) However, I do not remember the whole process. I’ve done the MS Office installation twice, but it was always trial and error. Happy New Year!

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