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Microsoft Works/Opens 97 Word?

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Some new computers contain Microsoft Works....will its Word Processor *properly* open my many Office97 Word files...doc.? Also, will my 97Excel files be opened by Work's spreadsheet? If, not.... will I have to purchase Office 2007 to open my many, many Office97 word & excel files?
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Works can open most versions of Word files.
Works spreadsheets can open most versions of Excel files.

However realistically Works is totally inferior to Office, if you're used to Office, and Works is being discontinued later this year anyway so eventually it'll disappear from new system bundling.
You can get a copy of Office 2007 if you wish, or you may want to look into OpenOffice, the freeware office suite. Read all about it here: http://en.wikipedia..../OpenOffice.org

Edited by Neil Jones, 20 February 2010 - 04:50 AM.

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You can also download the standalone viewers for Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel files. They were created for people who have or receive those types of files but who don't have Microsoft Office installed:

Word Viewer: http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

Excel Viewer: http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

You'll also need to install this Compatibility Pack if you have (or receive) any Office documents created with Office 2007 or later which introduced a new document format: http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 23 February 2010 - 04:34 PM.

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