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# What version of Office do we need for B-school?

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14 Apr 2010, 13:27
I'm trying to order a laptop because there is a decent deal on Lenovo, but I don't know if I should buy the MS office pre-installed or not.

Can someone tell me what version we need to buy? is it the expensive professional version? or is there a better deal at school once we enroll?
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14 Apr 2010, 13:32
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Kellogg gives each student a copy of Office for free, not sure if other schools include the necessary software or not.
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14 Apr 2010, 19:46
It appears that most schools offer either free or deeply discounted versions of Office. If you will be charged extra for including it with you Lenovo then I would recommend not doing so and obtaining a copy through your university
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14 Apr 2010, 20:39
It doesn't matter. You can use either 2003 or 2007 version.

I personally couldn't use Office 2007 because I need the menus.
I downgraded back to 2003 and it's fine.
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15 Apr 2010, 00:08
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The main difference between the Pro and non-pro is the MS Access.
Few schools require usage/knowledge of Database building and I even managed to stay employed without having Access installed on my computer for the past 2 years.

P.S. You can also download the Office 2010 right now for free though you will have to pay for it once it is official in a few months.

Finally, I can also confirm that many schools will make MS Office available at a very low price or gratis.
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15 Apr 2010, 05:52
nink wrote:
It doesn't matter. You can use either 2003 or 2007 version.

I personally couldn't use Office 2007 because I need the menus.
I downgraded back to 2003 and it's fine.

That's five-six minutes of your day you'll never get back.
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15 Apr 2010, 06:20
coakleym wrote:

That's five-six minutes of your day you'll never get back.

I make up for those lost minutes with my Excel VBA programming skills…

Even top bschool can not teach how to write state of the art algorithms….
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15 Apr 2010, 06:35
Thanks guys!
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15 Apr 2010, 13:28
nink wrote:
coakleym wrote:

That's five-six minutes of your day you'll never get back.

I make up for those lost minutes with my Excel VBA programming skills…

Even top bschool can not teach how to write state of the art algorithms….

HKUST can - I took a class on VBA programming (ended up learning quite a bit but was way beyond my interest/comfort/sanity level)
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Re: What version of Office do we need for B-school?   [#permalink] 15 Apr 2010, 13:28
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