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Microsoft U.K. government staff suggested replacing Microsoft Corp. operating systems on computers with free alternatives in response to a call for ideas for Prime Minister David Cameron's cost-cutting drive.
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RE[6]: Not likely
by kaiwai on Mon 12th Jul 2010 22:13 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Not likely"
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There are word templates and excel macros that will turn to garbly gook in Open Office. Some of these templates and macros cost tens of thousands of dollars to develop

Real Estate is an area where such templates are used extensively and you would be crazy to push the typical RE business into switching to OpenOffice with the expectation that they convert all their custom legal templates to odf.

Your typical Real Estate agent will piss away the cost of MS Office at a couple business lunches.

You're correct that there is a lot of man hours and money spent developing these but at the same time technology doesn't remain static - I find it funny that these people will spend money on new cars, flags and other requirements of business without battering an eye lid and yet they some how see software as a waste of money - they can't seem to get it through their thick skull that software is as valuable as a car, a sign or some other component in the service they provide.

If you want to push open source then that is fine but drop this silly notion that it is in the best interest of every business to switch.

I never said it that every company can or should migrate to - I'd love for you to point exactly where in my post I made such a statement.

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