Lion does not support PowerPC applications

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I am using Microsoft Office for Mac 2004 to create Microsoft Word and Excel files. Since installing Mac OS X Lion 10.7 and Open Office 3.3.0 I have been receiving an error message whenever I open a Microsoft Word file stating that Lion does not support PowerPC applications.

I would like to know if Open Office is developing a program that lets Microsoft documents be read by the Lion Operating System. Also, is it possible to map Microsoft Office documents with the Lion Operating System so that they can be opened and read?

I appreciate any feedback.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #137711

Lion does not support PowerPC applications


Hello Romas,

Note that Lion does not have support for PowerPC applications. Therefore to resolve the issue that you are having you will need to do one of the following two things:

  • You can choose to upgrade the application to an Intel version in case one is available.
  • Or you can just get rid of the application completely.

Also, if you have got a Lion DP2, you will need to make sure that you upgrade it to DP3, and after that you can go ahead and ask Apple about the problem you are getting. That will be hard to do in case the version that you have right now is not a legal one.




Answered By 0 points N/A #196485

Lion does not support PowerPC applications



Apple has dropped the support of PowerPC apps from Lion operating system in which a software emulator called Rosetta does not work. In previous versions of Mac OS X, it was supported, but not in Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8. To be able to read and edit Microsoft Office documents, you have to buy Microsoft Office 2008 or Office 2011 which are fully compatible. You also can get any free office package like OpenOffice.

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