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    do all the essential engineering programmes work in the mac book pro??
    eg.. like cad ,math lab and stuff.is it a good bet to buy a mac over a windows machine ,even though the mac book pro will run windows.(will it be albe to run vista?)..also i heard that microsoft office is availabe for mac users.
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    Yes, Microsoft Office is available for Macs, and the native version (for the Intel chips) of it will be out sometime in the next few months - it'll be around £100 for the Student & Teacher Version. Yes, a MacBook Pro should be able to run Vista via a version of Boot Camp.
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    Yes you can install Vista on MacBookPro however, I dont think its a simple case of just throw in a cd, you have to use Boot Camp I haven't looked into it to be honest but this might interest you

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=207908

    I remember Mac had an Office2004 version, don't know if theres anything new in that respect, but seeing as Microsoft is taking much of what it can get in respects to migrating onto mac systems, I'm sure a new version won't be too distant, but yeah Office2004 seems to be the choice by Mac users.

    As for the programs issue, its best to google and see what you find, theres plent of archiecture and mac based forums out there with threads asking the same questions.
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    When you say "Math Lab" do you actually mean "MatLab"?

    If so, then Matlab will run on an older PowerPC mac (not using the Intel processors). However, there are big issues running MatLab on the intelMacs under Rosetta (as it is not a universal application), since it requires something that is not supported by Rosetta. A Universal version should be released in early '07

    For more details, read here: http://www.mathworks.com/support/sol....html?1-30E1QH and here: http://www.mathworks.com/support/sol....html?1-25L41S
 
 
 
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