We know that there are great alternatives to Microsoft Office in Debian, such as LibreOfficeHowever, sometimes due to templates and compatibility issues, we need the Microsoft program to do the job.
That is why there is the Wine program, so that we can install Windows programs on our Debian. The downside is that not everyone likes Wine, because usually crashes in some applications, so today we are going to show you how to install Microsoft Office on your Debian without install Wine, taking advantage of the new Office Online that Microsoft has recently released.
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Microsoft Office Online explained
This version was released by Microsoft to be able to run it in any compatible internet browser, some of the applications that come are Word, Excel, Powerpoint or One Note. Then a .deb package came out, allowing you to create shortcuts to all Office applications online. This package is the one that we are going to install in our Debian, in which after installation, a direct access to all the applications will be created.
Download the package
First of all, we are going to click on this link, in which we are going to go directly to the package download. This link, unlike many that are offered out there, is not down and works perfectly.
Now we are going to type two commands to install the package that we just downloaded in our Debian. Remember that you have to be a super user(su) to install packages and that it is not worth putting sudo in front as in Ubuntu.
cd /Downloads dpkg -i microsoft_online_apps.deb
Now we can start enjoying our Office directly in Debian. These apps they are not the same as desktop Office, but they are capable of complying with a basic functionality of an office suite.
I believe that its installation may be worthwhile, especially if we work using office automation tools, since sometimes we risk Compatibility issues between LibreOffice and Microsoft Office. They are also really shortcuts to the web application that will open in your browser, so it won't take up a lot of disk space.