9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 20, 2012 2:51 PM by MlchaelLAX
akhterz96 Level 1 Level 1

I just upgraded to Mountain Lion and now I cannot use any of my office '04 programs. I realize that upgrading to office '11 will probably solve this, but do i have to upgrade through microsoft or is there a way to do it through the app store?

MacBook (13-inch Late 2009), OS X Mountain Lion
Reply by Kappy on Aug 15, 2012 10:49 PM Helpful

Office 2004 Applications Won't Work in Lion


You must have Office 2004 which is a PPC-only suite and will not work in Lion. You need to upgrade to Office 2011 - Mactopia - or you can try the freeware suite, Libre Office, that is functionally similar to Office 2007 for Windows except it works on Lion.


You may want to consider as well:


These two suites are similar to Libre Office but not as current or as well-supported:



Open Office


And, then there is Apple's iWork suite:


Pages - word processing and layout

Keynote - presentation

Numbers - spreadsheet


Each can open and save Office compatible files. They may be purchased separately via the Mac App Store for $19.99 each.


(Access to the Mac App Store requires Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or higher and an Apple ID.)

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