I remember I read somewhere out there that Office 2011 Word will support TeX (LaTeX). Is this true? I have Office 2011 on my Mac but I cannot find anything related to TeX.

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    If I remember well, then the math typesetting is now done with the the same algorithms like TeX does it already.
    – user2478
    Jan 5, 2011 at 9:36
  • It does not, as Joseph Wright, answered. However, I wrote this AppleScript for Word in Office 2011, which gives you a highly customizable way of converting DOC and DOCX to unicode LaTeX (XeLaTeX) if you make use of styles. See this AppleScript: texifyWord Dec 29, 2013 at 14:16

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I do have Office 2011: this is not true (with the exception that you can use Word to save plain text, of course). As Herbert has commented, the equation editor in recent versions of Office has been much improved, and uses a lot of ideas from TeX.

  • To be precise, Word's math typesetting is more advanced than TeX's one, and the enhancements are being ported back to LuaTeX.
    – Philipp
    Jan 5, 2011 at 14:19
  • Word is not as flexible as TeX. You cannot make things in Word like \vskip 5pt plus 10pt minus 2pt or cannot typeset the \TeX logo either.
    – Adam L. S.
    Jul 3, 2011 at 15:31
  • @Adam: I was commenting specifically on the equation editor in recent Word versions, and in particular the additional fontdimens it understands (compared with the TeX set of math-related fontdimens).
    – Joseph Wright
    Jul 3, 2011 at 15:33

What may be meant is that the Word 2007/2011 Equation Editor understands some TeX commands (see 1:00).

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