It works!!! It took me several hours to make it, but I do not regret time spent, I was so sick of running VirtualBox for MS Office.
Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit - which is quite common for desktops.
MS Office 2010 32-bit, 64bit wont work, it has some issues with msxml.
Step1: Install recent wine
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install wine1.5
More info on this page http://www.winehq.org/download/ubuntu
Step2: Install Office 32-bit
By default on 64bit host system wine emulates Windows 64bit , so before installing MS Office new wine root needs to be created, issue this command from CLI:
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 WINEARCH=win32 wine setup.exe
Step3: Unity taskbar icon
1. This is where you will find your icons or place your custom icons in here:
$ cd ~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/256x256/apps/ $ ls 1DF1_PicasaPhotoViewer.0.png . . . 29F5_WINWORD.0.png 850A_EXCEL.0.png AA79_POWERPNT.0.png
2. Go to the following directory:
$ cd ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/Microsoft\ Office $ ls Microsoft Excel 2010.desktop\ Microsoft Office 2010 Tools\ Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.desktop\ Microsoft Word 2010.desktop\
3. Edit .desktop files:
$ sudo nano Microsoft\ Word\ 2010.desktop [Desktop Entry] Name=Microsoft Word 2010 . . . Icon=29F5_WINWORD.0.png (or name of icon as in above folder) StartupWMClass=WINWORD.EXE
4. You are done!