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[2]: OpenOffice.org 2.0
by gustl on Mon 6th Mar 2006 12:52 UTC in reply to "RE: OpenOffice.org 2.0"
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- OO.org can handle huge documents (100 pages with 70 graphics included) on my Athlon 1200+, 512 MB RAM. My conclusion: OO.org does not waste memory, it might just have a larger footprint when started with an empty document.
- I never found anything that I could not do with OO.org. The advanced features just are not face-offs from MS Office like the interface is. If you want to do the advanced things do not expect from yourselves to learn how to do them in a few days.

Most businesses use Excel as a front-end for some Visual Basic scripts (all they need is a programming language), there are better databases than access, and MS Word has problems handling large documants (needs to split them and does that badly).

I know that MIGRATING is impossible for lots of businesses, but that only shows how much of a lock-in MS tries to maintain (and succeeds to maintain). Businesses have repeatedly proven that it is cheaper to go with non-MS software than being MS-dependant.

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