Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Mar 2006 21:44 UTC
Microsoft While Microsoft faces a host of challenges in maintaining its market share numbers and persuading customers to upgrade to its 2007 Office System suite of products when released in the second half of this year, its competitors face an equally daunting task of winning users away from Office 2007 and growing their numbers. Heading the list of challenges facing Microsoft is the fact that Office 2007 has a new user interface, which could require extensive staff retraining at a significant cost, as well as a new file format, which has the potential to create compatibility issues.
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RE[5]: OpenOffice.org 2.0
by naelurec on Sat 4th Mar 2006 23:31 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: OpenOffice.org 2.0"
naelurec
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2006-02-15

"Then why aren't any fortune 500 companies using OO.o?"

1. OpenOffice.org doesn't come with Outlook.
2. OpenOffice.org is not compatible with many 3rd party tools, scripts, macros, etc that businesses use
3. Its not fully compatible with MSO's file formats
4. It doesn't cleanly integrate with active directory/group policy

In addition to this, there is cost involved in retraining, reprogramming and debugging the migration to OOo. Given the volume discount pricing larger companies receive (not to mention the warm fuzzy feeling of MS support), the license cost of MSO perhaps ends up equalling the same as a few hours of productivity loss per employee per year .. in other words - not that big of a cost with all things considered.

Without a strategic stake in the success of OOo/ODF, what company would want to voluntarily migrate to OOo/ODF? I think it is still way to early to see a lot of migration to OOo/ODF.. hopefully with the massive changes in Office, it might make companies evaluate the possibility of a migration (And look at it as a strategic move to eliminate the tie-in to a single technology vendor). We'll see..

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