In brief:

Formerly marketed as "Crossover Office". The easiest answer to the charge that a translator can't manage without Microsoft Office. For around US$40, you can use your existing copy of MS Office on Linux.

Crossover Linux now supports MS Office '97, XP, 2003 and 2007, and the corresponding versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Versions prior to Office '97 are not supported.

Crossover Linux website

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Language support:

Excellent (albeit expensive).


If you think you really must have Microsoft Office, this is the solution for you. With Crossover Linux, you can work on Linux and still use MS Office as your main word processor, without having to install an emulator and Windows. Alternatively, you can use a different word processor, and subject your text to a final check in Word or Excel to ensure that the formatting has not been corrupted. If you choose to do the latter, Microsoft's free document viewers may be adequate.