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Windows 7: Microsoft posts video of customers criticizing OpenOffice


14 Oct 2010   #1
JMH

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Microsoft posts video of customers criticizing OpenOffice

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Instead of simply listing what it believes to be the advantages of Microsoft Office over the open source OpenOffice.org productivity suite, Microsoft has compiled comments from 15 customers who switched to Office after evaluating OpenOffice. The result: this video recently posted to the company's officevideos YouTube channel, which we've embedded below. A few hours after this story was published, Microsoft set the video as "private," meaning it can no longer be viewed by the public. We found it hosted on Microsoft.com, however, so if you have Silverlight, go watch it there.

The three minute video is well constructed, though it has no pretense of objectivity; Microsoft is of course only choosing quotes from customers who have switched back to its productivity suite. The video has 17 quotes in total, 14 of which complain about how OpenOffice leads to higher long-term costs, poor interoperability, lower productivity, decreased efficiency, and overall frustration (students, it can even affect your grades). The remaining three quotes describe the relief of switching back to Microsoft Office.
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14 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Wow, is MS that worried about OpenOffice?
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14 Oct 2010   #3

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

lower your price and people will use instead of OO or stealing it.
I can't afford the real office stuff. so I use this on my Windows 7 rig. I paid the $499 office product on my vista rig---that I don't use and it will not work on my Windows 7 laptop.


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14 Oct 2010   #4

Win 7 Professional x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Wow, is MS that worried about OpenOffice?

Took the words right outa me!!!!!!!!
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14 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

My copy of MS Office wouldn't install on Windows 7 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.
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14 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I think MS made a big mistake in the way they handled this. I use MS office and I like it. But on my wife's netbook, for what she does, Open Office does just fine. The average user does not need the bells and whistles of MS Office.
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14 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Wow, is MS that worried about OpenOffice?
Apple ran similar adverts against Microsoft, so I doubt it.
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14 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rei Tumult View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Wow, is MS that worried about OpenOffice?
Apple ran similar adverts against Microsoft, so I doubt it.
But MS owns the office productivity market.
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14 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It's beyond silly, because I'm sure OpenOffice can find 16 customers who will swear they saved money dropping MS.
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14 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

About the "formatting" part of the video, I agree... I created an Excel file with graphics in Excel 2007. I opened it up in OO's equivalent and it was... weirdly formatted.

OO's a no-no in my book. Gonna use the Office key I won last year here... (some might remember).
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