Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Jan 2009 08:45 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Features, Office Yesterday we ran a story on how educational institutions defaulting to Microsoft Office may stifle some people who do not own a copy of Office or Windows. A Forrester Research report now states the bloody obvious by claiming that organisations stick with Microsoft Word not out of necessity, but out of habit.
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Invincible Cow
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2006-06-24

People can't switch because there aren't any good alternatives to world.

OpenOffice 3.0 is buggy as hell.

As an example, when I tried to open a word 2000 document with no formatting whatsoever apart from line breaks, OO managed to replace a lot of the line breaks with page breaks!

Another example: Select a picture, the picture toolbar pops up. Now close it. But select the picture again, and the toolbar pops up again. Now close it. And keep closing it. When you've closed it 200 times and opened it 0 times, then it starts to get annoying.

Another example: I tried to drag and drop styles between documents, and even though I know I do it correctly, sometimes it doesn't work, and OO crashes.

The spell checker (in my language) of the latest OO is a completely ridiculous piece of crap compared to the spell checker in a ten year older version of Word.

Yes, I tried OO on both Linux and Windows, full of bugs and crashes on either OS. I find AbiWord a lot more stable, but sadly its text layout is even worse than OO and it lacks a lot of features.

Sure, OO.org has a lot of features, but doesn't matter as long as the spell checker sucks and the software crashes regularly.

Then for online office programs, these are a joke, and I don't understand how people can possibly think that they are usable for anything serious.

Oh, and we have SoftMaker Office. Nice and fast, we should all switch to that. The only real alternative I know of, I didn't try their spell checker, though.

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