Many times you might have got stuck not being able to open a Word/Excel/PowerPoint file because MS Office is not available on that machine. Though OpenOffice/Office Suites in Linux can open MS Office documents, it doesn’t work perfectly with all documents.
Microsoft has for long provided for free, viewers for these formats. These viewers can be downloaded from Microsoft.com website and allow you to open, view and print the documents without requiring you to have full-blown (paid) MS Office in the machine. The viewers now support the new Office 2007 formats as well, with the additional requirement being to download and install the Office 2007 Converter as well.
Links to download:
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Viewer (Doesn’t require the Converter)
- Microsoft Word 2003 Viewer (Install after this MS Office 2007 Converter)
- Microsoft Excel 2003 Viewer (Install after this MS Office 2007 CConverter
- Microsoft Visio 2007 Viewer
Remember, to visit Microsoft Update and install the latest security fixes as well for the above software. The MS Office 2007 File Format Convertor can be installed in MS Office 2003/2000/XP/97 versions as well to open and save in the new formats.