Soon to be Mac daddy:part deux

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Getting closer to purchasing my Daughter's computer for college. (See previous thread here.) Harvard has some great discounts for students so it looks like a black Macbook with a 2.0ghz processor, 2GB of ram, and a 120GB HD will be on the way soon. My question today is: Should we wait for the anticipated release of the next OS? I'm not sure how these things work on a Mac. If we buy a Macbook now with Tiger on it, will we get to upgrade to Leopard, or should I wait until after Leopard comes out to buy? Also, does OpenOffice have a Mac version of their software that will work with word documents? Thanks for your input.

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If you buy a Mac within 30 days of the release of a new OS, Apple will give you the new OS for free. You have to fill out a form and send it to them, they will send you the discs. Expect 10.5 in June, plan accordingly.
 
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baggss hit it on the head for the OS, but I wanna add that neooffice is from the same people that does open office, and works the same.
 
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Also, does OpenOffice have a Mac version of their software that will work with word documents? Thanks for your input.

NeoOffice would be the version of OpenOffice for the Mac that you want; works fine with word documents. There is a version of OpenOffice for the Mac that isn't NeoOffice, but it requires X11, and you don't wanna go there.

Oh yeah, it's free.
 
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Congrats, your daughter's MacBook is identical to mine. I've had mine for 3 months now and love it to death. Also, I don't know what software Harvard requires for papers, but I use MS Office for Mac. That's what's recommended for my college at least. It's completely compatible with MS Office on Windows. Any Word document you type on a PC will be fully compatible with Mac, and vice versa. Congrats again.
 
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Thanks. I was under the impression that openoffice files were compatible with Microsoft Office also. Right?
 
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She can get a sweet student deal on Microsoft Office from school, but ain't nothin' sweeter thatn FREE!!!
 

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