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.

You need

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

<em>sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa</em>
<em>sudo apt-get update</em>
<em>sudo apt-get install wine1.5</em>

More info on this page

# 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:

<em>WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 WINEARCH=win32 wine setup.exe</em>

# Step3: Unity taskbar icon

wine-unity-iconTo make icon looks like native application instead of glass of wine do the following:

  1. This is where you will find your icons or place your custom icons in here:
$ cd ~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/256x256/apps/
$ ls
  1. 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\

  1. 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)
  1. You are done!