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Windows 7: Microsoft posts video of customers criticizing OpenOffice

14 Oct 2010   #11
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I believe the part about OpenOffice effecting students grades. For one class I'm taking now almost every assignment requires use of features in Office 2007/2010 that aren't available in OpenOffice. This seems to be the norm. But at the same time students can get Office 2010 Pro for $80-100, which is cheaper than most textbooks.


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14 Oct 2010   #12
MattRainier

7 Ultimate x64, Vista Ultimate x64, 7 Pro x64, XP Pro x86, Linux Mint Nadia Cinnamon
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
I believe the part about OpenOffice effecting students grades. For one class I'm taking now almost every assignment requires use of features in Office 2007/2010 that aren't available in OpenOffice. This seems to be the norm. But at the same time students can get Office 2010 Pro for $80-100, which is cheaper than most textbooks.
I got Office Enterprise '07 for about $75 through student discount. I do like OOo better, but for my school stuff, gotta have MSOffice, so...
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15 Oct 2010   #13
allend66

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 

Mudslinging, oh please... You'd expect better from Redmond.
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15 Oct 2010   #14
Boris

W7 64b - Leopard 10.6.2 - Ubuntu 10.10 (MBP Snow Leopard 10.6.3)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mr pc View Post
My copy of MS Office wouldn't install on Win7 so I went to Open Office and it is sufficient enough for my needs.

MS should focus on the positives of their product rather than bashing the quality of a competitor based on some opinions (fabricated or not)

Open source brings computing to many people who can't afford pricey software packages and fancy computers....Open Source empowers people who would otherwise be in the dark when it comes to computing.

P.S.

Thanks to not having a proper fix for a freaking' .dll on my XP machine and Compaq's refusal to send me a recovery cd (thanks for the useless partition), I opted to try Linux and am impressed. Turned a paperweight into a functional computer again.
Amen!
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15 Oct 2010   #15
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Really Microsoft??

It's free and is more than enough for the person who opens the occasional Word document or spreadsheet.
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15 Oct 2010   #16
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Uh,,,, actually, if all you need is Word processing, then WordPad is better for the large majority of people who don't need a full office suite and just Word Processing. And WordPad is already installed and free.

As for the rest, if all you need to do is view other office documents, you can download, for free those office document viewers.

I can accurately attest that these statements are true.....
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OpenOffice leads to higher long-term costs, poor interoperability, lower productivity, decreased efficiency, and overall frustration
I would be curious as to who it is that might be using more than with Word or Excel if they are not working in any company? Therefore they don't even need the rest of either suite. And can get MS Office Home and Student for 3 PC's for around $150 to $200 dollars. And they would be far better off in the long run.

Sorry, but no matter how you slice it, OpenOffice just doesn't cut it when it comes to proper formatting and conversions. Trust me I know, we have tested it extensively.
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15 Oct 2010   #17
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
Uh,,,, actually, if all you need is Word processing, then WordPad is better for the large majority of people who don't need a full office suite and just Word Processing. And WordPad is already installed and free.

As for the rest, if all you need to do is view other office documents, you can download, for free those office document viewers.

I can accurately attest that these statements are true.....
Quote:
OpenOffice leads to higher long-term costs, poor interoperability, lower productivity, decreased efficiency, and overall frustration
I would be curious as to who it is that might be using more than with Word or Excel if they are not working in any company? Therefore they don't even need the rest of either suite. And can get MS Office Home and Student for 3 PC's for around $150 to $200 dollars. And they would be far better off in the long run.

Sorry, but no matter how you slice it, OpenOffice just doesn't cut it when it comes to proper formatting and conversions. Trust me I know, we have tested it extensively.
I have used OO on several computers in my own household and it works just fine for my wife. She uses the word processor and spreadsheet functions and it works well.

I agree with you if you need a suite for an actual business or office but for basic use I would recommend OO.
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16 Oct 2010   #18
Benjamin Hall

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I totally agree; opensource is strongly unreliable.
Granted, for someone who can't afford to buy the Office suite, it's a great alternative.
But for companies that wanted to cut costs, it's more cost-effective for them to just purchase a corporate license for the Office suite instead of paying out more in the long run to service the open-source software.
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16 Oct 2010   #19
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

I do realize we are on a Microsoft related website and we all love Windows but OpenOffice is not that bad. Yes we all know that OpenOffice is not meant for business. Geez. Open Office is perfect for personal use.
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16 Oct 2010   #20
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Openoffice is great if you just don't use WP or spreadsheets enough to warrant spending money on it.

Microsoft is obviously taking a leaf out of our politicians' slander campaign books as of late. They would do better to offer free trials of Office.
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