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So I dare you to list one killer feature in MS Office that you use regularly and you believe does not work on OOo. Prove to us that companies /NEED/ MS Office.

if you think about it, "peace of mind" is already a feature, and a very important one

the longer one company has been in existence and the larger it is, the higher the chances it has been using the industry standard solution (aka "current market encumbent product") for a very long time (whatever the reason for adopting it originally) and the larger the amount of documents it has produced with it

but when you have an archive of documents that have to be preserved (and have a workflow built around that solution that, ehm, works) features stop being your primary concern - since to a business, sw is just a tool but documents are assets
you become concerned in maintaining their flawless editability and exchange, and in altering as little as possible that workflow (since any change in workflow must be justified with an increase in effectivess and efficiency of business activities -thus increased productivity- otherwise it's a loss and shouldnt be applied)

so, you'll adopt the product which gives you the most *guarantees* (possibly mathematical certainty) about that - and this, only when you get to replace the version you are currently using (which may be only when the current one really becomes too old to be able to perform its duty anymore, or when the system it runs on in turn is to be replaced requiring new sw licenses or...)
and even in the offshoot chance MSO and OOo/LO were on exact *feature* parity, you'd probably go for MSO...
because that's what you made your documents with in the first place, what gives you those most guarantees, and because if anything goes wrong you can blame a at least in theory- more accountable party... what chance of being indemnified would you have with a free community developed product?

so it's not entirely correct to ask what killer feature does MSO have over its competition - the correct question is:
what killer features does the OOo/LO have that is so compelling to justify migrating away from MSO?

Edited 2011-06-08 15:50 UTC

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